“Ice Age 5,” the new movie in the “Ice Age” series, has been officially titled as “Ice Age: Collision Course.” And the release date of the film has been shifted from July 15 to July 22, 2016.
According to Collider, Fox has pushed back the release date to avoid clashing with the much-anticipated Paul Feig remake of “Ghostbusters,” which is scheduled to open July 15, 2016.
“Ice Age: Collision Course” will see the return of favorite characters, including Manfred (Manny), Ellie, Diego and Sid, reports Screen Rant.
Ray Romano, Queen Latifah, Dennis Leary and John Leguizamo will voice the characters, and Mike Thurmeier and Galen T. Chu are helming the film. The promotional poster of “Ice Age: Collision Course” was revealed at Licensing Expo 2015. The plot has been kept under wraps.
The previous films in the series include “Ice Age,” “Ice Age: The Meltdown,” “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs,” and “Ice Age: Continental Drift.” They all proved to be successful at the box office, and it is expected that the new film will repeat the success.
Speaking of the success of the “Ice Age” films, Steve Martino, who directed “Ice Age: Continental Drift,” told Empire, “There are a couple of things. I think the characters form an unusual family -- and at its heart, in this story in particular, we really hold up the theme of what it means to be a family. You know, looking out for each other, standing up for one another.”
Thurmeier added that the franchise has a global appeal. “They seem global in a way, and maybe that’s appealing to the kids,” he said.
The third film of the series, released in 2009, “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs,” revolved around the tropical lost world that was inhabited by dinosaurs, while “Ice Age: Continental Drift,” which came out in 2012, showed the characters getting trapped on a floating iceberg after the breakup of a continent. The two movies earned $886.7 million and $887.2 million worldwide, respectively.