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'Fast & Furious 7' will kick off summer next year, 'Insidious 3' moves to May

By Lucas Shaw

Universal has moved the release of "Fast & Furious 7" up one week to April 3, anointing that movie as the official beginning of the blockbuster season.

"Fast 7" had been scheduled for this summer, but was delayed to next year after star Paul Walker died in a car crash. Universal released "Fast Five" in April 2011, helping to establish that month as a viable time for a major release. Disney released "Captain America: The Winter Solider" April 3 of this year.

Also on TheWrap:  Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Wraps 'Fast & Furious 7' (Photo)

"The Conjuring" director James Wan made "Fast 7," which stars Vin Diesel, Walker and Dwayne Johnson.

Moving "Fast 7" up one week bumps back "Insidious: Chapter 3," which Wan produced. Wan's work on "Fast & Furious" prevented him from making the third "Insidious" film, handing off the reins to his partner Leigh Whannell.

Also on TheWrap: Vin Diesel Shares Image of Paul Walker's Brothers on 'Fast 7' Set (Photo)

Focus Features will release the third installment in the hit horror franchise May 29. That positions it up against Paramount's "Monster Trucks," and a week after Paul Feig's "Spy" and Brad Bird's "Tomorrowland."

Focus also dated a couple of other projects, announcing "Black Sea," starring Jude Law and Scoot McNairy, will open January 23 while "Selfless," a drama starring Ryan Reynolds, moves from Feb. 27 to April 17.

The post 'Fast & Furious 7' Will Kick Off Summer Next Year, 'Insidious 3' Moves to May appeared first on TheWrap.

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Jul 3, 2014 7:33AM
I think its a good idea, nothing but Easter really happens in April so people are looking for something to do and more importantly have money to do it.
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