Universal’s presentation on the final day of CinemaCon was more than worth any wait, with a look into their 2015 releases with footage and major insight into their 2016-17 slate Universal revealed a lot.
Universal first confirmed that the Fifty Shades series will continue with sequel ‘Fifty Shades Darker’, set to be release in theaters on February 10th, 2017. Followed by a third instalment for the franchise, which will be titled ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ and will be heading to cinemas on February 9th, 2018. The current sequel starter Fifty Shades of Gray has snatched up $568 million dollars worldwide to date, with an estimated production budget of $40 million.
Details were spilled and Universal couldn’t stop there. Following Vin Diesel speaking about his late friend and Furious co-star Paul Walker saying “It’s hard for me to even watch that clip and then come out here without being emotional,” Diesel confirmed that there will in fact be a sequel to Furious 7. He said that “We’re going to make the best movie you’ve ever seen,” Furious 7 has grossed over a billion dollars quicker than any other movie in history, with a current box-office cume of 1.2 Billion. The next installment in the franchise, Furious 8 will be released in April 14, 2017. The news was revealed during the studio’s CinemaCon presentation, following an emotional speech by Vin Diesel.
The studio also announced a host of release date changes firstly Warcraft 3D will be released three months later than scheduled on June 10th, 2016. Secondly Pacific Rim 2 has been pushed from April to August 4th, 2017. Thirdly and finally an Untitled Universal Monster Film set to become a franchise will now be release almost a year later than expected on March 30th, 2018.
After all the future previews the presentation moved into this year’s slate, the studio first talked about Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World, expanding on Steven Spielberg’s original trilogy. Universal screened an extended trailer, which made all CinemaCon attendees jump in their seats — the cast of the continuation of the Jurassic franchise is lead by Chris Pratt. The film follows events twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park on the island of Isla Nublar, which is now a fully functioning dinosaur theme park called Jurassic World, as was originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitor’s interest, which backfires horribly.
The studio also screened footage from the upcoming animated ‘Minions’ showing a quick history of the Minions. The spin off from the Despicable Me movies features a sensational cast lending their voices to the adorable Minions including Allison Janney, Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton and Steve Coogan.
Universal showboated its upcoming comedic releases, which included screening a trailer for Ted 2 introduced by the one and only voice box of Seth MacFarlane. Followed by trailers for comedies Sisters and Trainwreck. Universal also mentioned Pitch Perfect 2, which screened for attendees earlier in the week to an enthusiastic response but there was, while welcomed, no dancing in the theater.
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