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'X-Men: First Class' & 'Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes' Sequels Set For Summer 2014; 'Independence Day 3D' Hits July 3, 2013

by Edward Davis
May 31, 2012 3:57 PM
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X-Men, Planet Of The Apes Sequels

Ironically, some of us were just having this conversation this morning. Would 20th Century Fox rush its "X-Men: First Class" sequel into production like they did in 2010 for its 2011 release (there was about an eight-month window to shoot and edit the picture and the film suffered because of it, but miraculously wasn't a total disaster)? The answer, thankfully, is no. Fox has set July 18, 2014 as the release date for their untitled sequel to "X-Men: First Class." Original director Matthew Vaughn will be on board once again with all of the original cast, including Micheal Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult and many more (they all signed multi-picture deals after all). That should give them plenty of time to write a proper screenplay and not a mediocre one that the cast has to elevate (which was the case with the original). 

Fox has also set the release date of their "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" sequel. Titled, "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," the sequel will also be helmed by its original director, Rupert Wyatt, and it will land in theaters on Memorial Day, May 23, 2014. A bold and big move, but considering 'Rise' grossed $483 million worldwide and the buzz wasn't entirely great leading up to the picture, clearly Fox believes they can do bigger and better (and most Playlisters will tell you they were ready to write that film off and then were all impressed by its emotional resonance in the end).

But if you want to fly your blockbuster flag and be patriotic all in one fell swoop, well get ready because Roland Emmerich's "Independence Day" is getting a 3D makeover in time for a July 3, 2013 release. BOOM! Will Smith and Jeff Goldlbum will be chasing aliens all over the place once again. We like this movie well enough, but a 3D conversion? Pass.

Also dated: Steven Spielberg's "Robopocalyse" on April 25, 2014; "The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty" starring director and lead Ben Stiller and Kristen Wiig for Christmas 2013; "Bridesmaids" director Paul Feig's untitled comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy for April 5, 2013; and "Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters" for August 16, 2013.[BOM]

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  • Hunter | August 23, 2012 7:32 PMReply

    Sweet! I am happy there will be an Apes sequel. “Rise” passed under my radar initially. I actually just discovered it late one night last week. It was a slow shift for me at DISH so I went to to find something to watch. This is one of the few reboots/remakes of recent years that I really enjoyed, so I don’t have any problem with them continuing the series. An X-men sequel was a given. ID3D is kind of a joke; do we really need to take old movies and make them 3d when we can’t make good 3d movies today? What’s next, Gone With the Wind 3d?

  • fanlore89 | June 1, 2012 7:50 AMReply

    I'm so excited for the XMFC sequel! It's like the best x-men film out of the franchise. This will be worth the wait

  • Yay! | May 31, 2012 5:41 PMReply

    DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES.... Love that title!

    Oh & as someone said, X-Men:First Class is by far the best X-Men film yet. I personally enjoy it more than 'The Avengers'.

  • Jay | May 31, 2012 4:11 PMReply

    When you say it suffered from being rushed, I gotta disagree. It might've made the movie what it is, the fact that it was made in a tiny window, and the makers churned out a film they didn't over think. To me, it's easy to argue First Class is the best entry in the X-Men franchise. Singer's two entries were highly overrated, IMHO. The third one, the less the said, the better.

  • c | May 31, 2012 7:26 PM

    I worked on X-Men: First Class. It was rushed more than what was discussed in the press. And in my opinion, knowing what wasn't shot because of this factor, the film did suffer...

    But it was still on point. Turned out well despite.

  • bonzob | May 31, 2012 7:22 PM

    Action scenes? First Class had action scenes? All I remember are training montages, crappy CGI explosions, and the Cuban missile finale (which was underwhelming outside of a couple of money shots).

    You think those were better than Nightcrawler in the White House, Magneto escaping from prison, the raid on the X-Mansion, Wolverine v. Deathstrike?

    I like First Class, but you defenders are kind of crazy. That movie has a ton of flaws. X2 wipes the floor with it.

  • Ian | May 31, 2012 5:43 PM

    I think it's easily the best one too. Singer's okay, but Vaughn can actually stage and shoot action scenes. I can only imagine what they can accomplish with an adequate production period.

  • Fred | May 31, 2012 5:07 PM

    Try watching First Class on TV. Ooof, it does not hold up in the slightest.

  • bonzob | May 31, 2012 4:57 PM

    Blockbusters are very rarely overthought, no matter the time frame. Nature of the beast. X-Men First Class has great sections, but X2 approximately a million billion times better.

  • Jes | May 31, 2012 4:56 PM

    I can't get through 30 min of First Class. Don't see the appeal. And I love watching comic book films.

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