The Wrap reports that Fox's Josh Trank-directed reboot of Marvel's First Family has vacated its June 19, 2015, release date in favor of one two months later, on Aug. 7.
That takes the movie out of a ridiculously crowded early summer schedule that will already be bloated with the likes of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Jurassic World, Terminator: Genesys and Mad Max: Fury Road. While the early August release slot at one time seemed like a dumping ground, recent hits like Rise of the Planet of the Apes and especially this year's Guardians of the Galaxy have shown it to be a solid little berth for movies that have something to prove.
And make no mistake, Fantastic Four has a lot to prove, with fans anxious over rumored changes to the canon and divided over the younger-tilting casting of Miles Teller as Reed Richards, Kate Mara as Sue Storm, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm and Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm.
One thing this date change does is give Fantastic Four another shot at winning over the fans -- and creating a strong wind at its back going into its release -- at next July's Comic-Con. The movie was a complete no-show at this summer's event -- not even an image or trailer was produced -- leading to more speculation about a troubled project.
By the way, Fantastic Four's move to Aug. 7 means something else had to give, and that something was Assassin's Creed. Fox has now taken its adaptation of the videogame, directed by Justin Kurzel and starring Michael Fassbender, off the release schedule entirely, at least for the moment. That's actually got to be a good thing for everyone concerned, because the picture hadn't even started shooting yet.
All this also gives Trank two extra months to get his movie just right, which is always helpful in these days of films rushing to make release dates. Can you wait two more months for Fantastic Four?