With Star Wars Episode VIII’s release date changing from May 2017 to 15 December 2017, Hollywood studios have been moving their upcoming films around as a result. Basically, every major studio wants to avoid running into the sure-to-be box office mammoth that is The Force Awakens sequel.
Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean moved to 26th May, the Spider-Man re-reboot to 7th July and Jumanji to the 28 July.
Warner Brothers, who have also wisely decided to move Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One, from 15th December 2017 to 30 March 2018. The new release date is the same as a currently-untitled Universal’s Monster franchise movie, likely The Invisible Man which just cast Johnny Depp as the lead.
Moving Ready Player One comes with a couple of benefits; it doesn’t have to compete with the sequel to a $2 billion film (The Force Awakens) and it falls between the Winter Olympics and World Cup, meaning that major sporting events won’t get in the way either. Spielberg films always do well at the box office – it is Spielberg we’re talking about here – but it was well-advised to shift Ready Player One.
Ready Player One follows the story of a teenager taking part in an online treasure hunt though a virtual word called the Oasis.