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Time to Play Release Date Musical Chairs with Ant-Man, Jurassic Park, and Pirates


Ladies and gentlemen, we know the name of Jurassic Park IV, and its release date. That means it’s probably a real thing that’s going to happen.

Get ready for Jurassic World, which is not the name of a new MMORPG based on Nanosaur.

Nothing was really certain about Jurassic Park IV, a potential film project that’s been in development hell so long that I remember getting excited about it when I first discovered movie rumor sites in middle school. For a moment it seemed as if things were well under way, with location scouting pictures surfacing from the director’s twitter. But then the production was “paused” back into Schrödinger’s Movie territory. Now, however, according to The Wrap, Universal Studios has given it a name, Jurassic World, and a release date of June 12th, 2015.

In other massive franchises that we’ve learned not to expect too much from, Pirates of the Caribbean, which, yes, is still a franchise that Disney is invested in. The House of Mouse has beneficently decided that between The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, a sequel to Finding Nemo, and the first installment of a brand new Star Wars trilogy all dropping in 2015, they can afford to not bombard us with yet another Pirates movie until 2016.

And finally, perhaps most interestingly, Ant-Man itself has been moved up three months from the holiday season to smack in the middle of 2015′s summer blockbuster season. The Edgar Wright film is now slated to open on July 31st, which doesn’t seem unreasonable, and means that we won’t have to wait too long between the cap on Marvel’s Phase 2 to dig right into Phase 3. But July 31st is also the release date of another superhero movie, and I think it’s safe to say that if you told me a decade ago that one day Marvel Entertainment would feel so confident about their Ant-Man movie that they’d slate it to release on the same day as a Warner Bros. movie starring both Batman and Superman I would have laughed in your face.

(via The Wrap, Deadline, Blastr.)

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  • Thomas Hayes

    it does sound like a risk to put Ant-Man up against the two most famous superheroes in the world, in the same film for the first time. Either Marvel thinks the movie is going to be awesome or they figure Warner’s never going to have Superman/Batman ready for that date. Maybe both! I’d probably make a similar judgement given that they only cast Batman a few weeks ago and we have no idea when production on S/B will start or even what story Goyer is writing. Warner is gambling big, while Marvel is feeling pretty secure.

  • Anonymous

    As risky as it is to move Ant-Man into direct competition with Superman/Batman, I can understand the thought process behind it as well. After all, the first Iron Man movie came out around the same time as The Dark Knight, and it did well…
    It’s a risk, but if nothing else, I still think that Ant-Man will do well. After all, it’s an Edgar Wright movie, and a Marvel superhero film. Even if nobody knows who Ant-Man is, marketing will probably be well done, word of mouth will be huge…and of course, there’s always the chance that Superman/Batman runs into production delays and the like.

    …course, I’m going to see both.

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  • Anonymous

    I think it’s safe to say that if you told me a decade ago that one day Marvel Entertainment would feel so confident about their Ant-Man movie that they’d slate it to release on the same day as a Warner Bros. movie starring both Batman and Superman I would have laughed in your face.

    …I never would have believed it. But now I’m not only rooting for Ant-Man, I know which one I’ll be going to see first.

    (but that ‘first’ up there means Warner Bros. probably has nothing to worry about, in the long run)

  • Sherpa Whale

    Iron Man came out the first weekend in May, the Dark Knight on July 18th. Iron Man was pretty much out of the market when TDK came around.

  • Laura Truxillo

    Man, it would be pretty delicious if Ant Man beats out S/B, even just on opening weekend (or for the long-haul). Now THAT might be enough for WB to sit up and think about making some changes.
    (Even better will be if the movie has more than one lady in it being awesome. Wasp is already a given, right?)

  • Anonymous

    They’re banking on Avengers 2 being a big hit. If it’s well received by the public, Ant-Man will get a lot of people wanting another Marvel high.

    That’s a really high risk strategy. This’ll be fun to watch.

  • Anonymous

    Huh. The theater I saw both of them in had them in at roughly the same time, maybe that’s why I got mixed up.

  • Ryan Colson

    Needs update to two week delay, not same day.

  • Elaine

    If I’m not mistaken, the Superman/Batman movie is actually opening on July 17, which gives Ant-Man a little more of a fighting chance. It’s going to be a crazy summer!