In the latest reorganisation of 2015 release schedules to avoid clashing with the insane movie juggernauts that are Age of Ultron and The Force Awakens, Dreamworks and Fox have announced that they are bumping Kung Fu Panda 3 from 23 December 2015 to 18 March 2016.
It seems that 20th Century Fox doesn’t want the third ouring of Jack Black’s hirsute martial artist to get lost in the inevitable cinematic vortex that will follow Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, which opens on 18 December next year. Fox’s US domestic distribution head Chris Aronson said, “This is part of our constantly reevaluating the competitive landscape, as we do with all of our films”.
Personally, I’d take that with a pinch of salt big enough to grit your drive with, but then I’m a cynical swine. The decision is likely to leave Dreamworks Animation with a very lean 2015. Scuttlebutt has Bureau of Otherworldly Operations off the release list for next year, but this has yet to be confirmed. If it does happen it will leave the animation arm of the beleaguered studio/production company (what exactly is Dreamworks these days?) with only one feature film for 2015: Home, which is scheduled for release on 27 March.
This does nothing to boost confidence in Dreamworks Animation and the company as a whole, after merger talks recently fell through with Japanese conglomerate Softbank and US toy giant Hasbro.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter