The spring and summer lineup for 2015 is coming more into focus. We’ve already got The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Jurassic World and the new entry in the Terminator franchise (Terminator: Genisys) coming up, to say nothing of Mad Max: Fury Road, Ant-Man and at least half a dozen other possible hits.
To add to the mix a little, Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox have each announced new release dates for three more upcoming films. Kingsman: The Secret Service will release on February 13, 2015, rather than the previously-set October 2014 date; the reboot of Poltergeist, also distributed by Fox, has thus been pushed back from February to July 24th; and Liam Neeson’s latest action film Run All Night is slated for April 17th.
At Comic-Con last month Fox showed an extended look of the film, which heavily featured Firth being generally badass, much to the delight of those in attendance. The move to February puts Kingsman directly up against the opening of Fifty Shades of Grey, but there probably isn't much audience crossover between the two films (with the exception of those ladies who wish their Pride and Prejudice and Bridget Jones adaptations had few more whips involved).
Meanwhile, Sam Rami’s adaptation of Poltergeist is moving from its original release date of February 13 to July 24 where it will compete with Ant Man’s second week and will be the second big-budget horror release of the summer after the third installment in the Insidious series.
The remake of the seminal Spielberg horror film stars Sam Rockwell (Moon) and Mad Men’s Jared Harris and centers on a house invaded by angry spirits, creepy trees, terrifying clown dolls and other suburban nightmares. It’s pretty hard to imagine this film topping the original fare, but with Rami and some great stars involved, audiences could be in for surprisingly good movie experience.
Liam Neeson continues to reprise the role that he apparently was born to play. The Taken star’s next film, Run All Night. is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (Non-Stop). It features Neeson as a hit man well past his prime who is forced to go toe-to-toe with the nefarious elements that he once worked for all to save his estranged son and family. Run All Night is slated for an April 17 release.
Between Firth and Neeson we’ll have to see which classically-trained, Oscar-nominated actor from the UK holds down a spring action film best. Neeson’s got a bevy of these to his name. but if the news out of Comic-Con is anything to go on, Firth might have the style to pull off an upset.
Kingsman: The Secret Service is slated for February 14th, 2015 followed by Run All Night on April 17th later that year and then the Poltergeist remake in the summer, on July 24th.