The summer of 2015 may have just gotten a little less crowded at the multiplexes.
According to Variety, 20th Century Fox has pushed back the release of Independence Day 2 from July 3, 2015, to July 1, 2016. That's a whole year, but it kind of works out, since the movie is now coming out almost 20 years to the day after the first Independence Day arrived in theaters.
There's been no official reason given for the lengthy delay, and it's still not clear whether Will Smith will return to the franchise or be replaced by Chronicle star Michael B. Jordan. Director Roland Emmerich says he has a version of the script for each scenario.
You have to think, however, that Fox simply wanted to get a huge, sure-to-be-expensive picture like Independence Day 2 out of what is shaping up to be an already ridiculously overcrowded summer in 2015. That season will see the release of The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Batman vs. Superman, Assassin's Creed, Jurassic World, Terminator 5, Ant-Man and Tomorrowland, among others, and with that kind of traffic not everything will manage to thrive at the box office.
Having said that, Fox has also moved its Fantastic Four reboot from March 6, 2015, to June 19, 2015 -- right in the middle of that summer pileup -- so even with Independence Day 2 pushed off for 12 months, movie fans are still not getting much relief.
Do you think Fox made the right move? Can you stand to wait one more year for Independence Day 2?