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Fifty Shades of Grey and ID4 2 delayed, plus release date changes for Dracula Untold and Get on Up

11.13.2013

I know this is going to just break all of your hearts, but it looks like you're going to have to wait a little longer to experience the deep eroticism of the FIFTY SHADES OF GREY film.

Universal Pictures has done some release date shuffling, and chief among them is Sam Taylor-Johnson's film version of E.L. James' steamy novel. The film, once scheduled to open on August 1, 2014 (opposite GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY) hit a speed bump last month when actor Charlie Hunnam dropped out of the project, and while the studio was able to find a replacement a short time later, the writing was on the wall that the film was on shaky ground. Hence, the studio has positioned it for February 13, 2015. Yes, a Valentine's Day-friendly slot for a very romantic and touching tale of S&M love. This delay will likely work in the movie's favor, even if the hardcore fans are sure to be initially disappointed by the news. (Interesting timing too considering FIFTY SHADES stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson are featured on the new cover of Entertainment Weekly, seen to the right.)

Universal hasn't abandoned the August 1 slot altogether; in FIFTY SHADES' place goes GET ON UP, the James Brown biopic starring Chadwick Boseman, Dan Aykroyd and Viola Davis. Counterprogramming against the summer blockbusters, sure, but also perhaps a very early bid to get Academy and other awards voters to pay attention to the film.

The studio has pushed back DRACULA UNTOLD, starring Luke Evans, but only just a little. Originally slated to hit on October 3, 2014, the tale of the man who becomes the world's most famous vampire is now hitting theaters on October 17. Who says they don't release horror movies around Halloween anymore?

Finally, 20th Century Fox has pushed back INDEPENDENCE DAY 2 a full year; the sci-fi sequel was originally targeting a July 3, 2015 release, but perhaps the uncertainty surrounding Will Smith's involvement - combined with just how insanely crowded that summer has become - has forced Fox's hand to reevaluate. It will now invade on July 1, 2016. Um, mark your calendars?

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Extra Tidbit: Which of these films are you most excited about? Be honest!

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1:47AM on 11/15/2013
I think they put the 50 Shades stars on the cover so no one bail out of their contract again. It's like the point of no return now that everybody knows their faces.
I think they put the 50 Shades stars on the cover so no one bail out of their contract again. It's like the point of no return now that everybody knows their faces.
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8:22PM on 11/13/2013

Actually prefer that Independence Day 2 is delayed to 2016

That would give it the plum release date of being released on it's 20th Anniv.

Take the time & do it right. Even if Will Smith isn't involved.
That would give it the plum release date of being released on it's 20th Anniv.

Take the time & do it right. Even if Will Smith isn't involved.
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4:31PM on 11/13/2013

50 Shades of Valentine's Day

Releasing 50 Shades Of Grey around Valentine's day is brilliant. The film is going to make even more money now. Let the baby-making begin.
Releasing 50 Shades Of Grey around Valentine's day is brilliant. The film is going to make even more money now. Let the baby-making begin.
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2:41PM on 11/13/2013

At least Fox knows when to delay a highly anticipated sequel to a blockbuster, unlike......

unlike, oh say....DISNEY!
Don't mind waiting for ID4 2 if it means more prepping and production time. Are you listening Disney execs?
unlike, oh say....DISNEY!
Don't mind waiting for ID4 2 if it means more prepping and production time. Are you listening Disney execs?
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1:34PM on 11/13/2013
This news is just, so sad. How can I move on knowing a doomed movie about a crappy series of books is getting moved back because no one can get their shit together?
This news is just, so sad. How can I move on knowing a doomed movie about a crappy series of books is getting moved back because no one can get their shit together?
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1:29PM on 11/13/2013
Extra tidbit: Independence Day 2 and possibly Dracula Untold just because I like Luke Evans, I'll have to see some footage though.
Extra tidbit: Independence Day 2 and possibly Dracula Untold just because I like Luke Evans, I'll have to see some footage though.
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1:14PM on 11/13/2013

LAME

I want it to be on July 3rd again would of been an awesome B-DAY gift. I can't believe I'll be 31 when it comes out. Shit thats old.
I want it to be on July 3rd again would of been an awesome B-DAY gift. I can't believe I'll be 31 when it comes out. Shit thats old.
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11:49AM on 11/13/2013
Extra tidbit: Honestly, none.
Extra tidbit: Honestly, none.
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11:35AM on 11/13/2013
And also don't forget we got Jaws 19 coming out in October 2015.
And also don't forget we got Jaws 19 coming out in October 2015.
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11:22AM on 11/13/2013
Oh, big surprise! They are probably trying to work on the 3D to make the tampon scene that more sexier
Oh, big surprise! They are probably trying to work on the 3D to make the tampon scene that more sexier
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12:14PM on 11/13/2013
I really can't tell if that's a joke. Please tell me it isn't, an also describe...
I really can't tell if that's a joke. Please tell me it isn't, an also describe...
2:37PM on 11/13/2013
Please elaborate on that scene if it's true lol haven't read the book.
Please elaborate on that scene if it's true lol haven't read the book.
11:10AM on 11/13/2013
The folks at ILM are busy with the 50 Shades concept art and animatics and need a little more time.
The folks at ILM are busy with the 50 Shades concept art and animatics and need a little more time.
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