Fox performed a massive shake-up to its superhero movie calendar. The studio has moved around not one, not two, but three of its major titles based on Marvel properties, giving Deadpool 2, The New Mutants and Gambit new opening dates.
The New Mutants is inspired by the classic story “The Demon Bear Saga” and is planned to be the first installment in an X-Men movie horror trilogy that was due for release on April 13th, 2018. That date has now shifted to has been to February 22nd, 2019, almost a whole year! One rumor circulating is that the move was made to delay the film because it isn’t scary enough. This would leave room for Fox to schedule re-shoots and shape the film thematically and tonally in the editing room.
This is already after some considerable promotional material dropped but that isn’t stopping Fox from delaying its movie following five teenagers with mysterious pasts who have just discovered their mutant powers, and are struggling to escape a secret facility where they are being held against their will. The Josh Boone-directed horror film that stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, and Charlie Heaton
Moving onto another anticipated 2018 release, Deadpool 2 the highly anticipated sequel to the 2016 Ryan Reynolds smash is being pushed up two weeks, from June 1 to May 18. This would suggest that the film is well in the bag at this time. Reynolds is producing the film with writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick returning, along with Drew Goddard assisting. John Wick co-director David Leitch came on board to lead Deadpool 2 in 2016 after Tim Miller dropped out due to creative differences with Reynolds.
Deadpool 2 will now be going up against Sony’s Slender Man, but even more importantly, the merc with a mouth’s sequel will be opening one week before Disney’s Solo: A Star Wars Story. This is some tricky territory but due to make Fox the winner as even second weeks have been exceptionally strong for Star Wars movies, plus the new acquisition of 21st Century Fox Media by Disney means the House of Mouse wins either way (get used to it, unfortunately).
Exhibitor Relations analyst Jeff Bock told TheWrap: ‘‘Deadpool could certainly find some room in its second weekend alongside Solo. And it’s not that much of a competitor against Avengers, because while Avengers pushes the boundaries of what a PG-13 comic book movie can do, Deadpool certainly pushes the boundaries of what a superhero movie can do with an R rating, so audiences might even see it as a companion viewing experience to Avengers.”
Finally, we reported earlier that director Gore Verbinski had dropped out of Gambit, mere weeks before the film was set to roll cameras. Fox is now moving the film from its original February 14, 2019, to June 7, 2019. This will afford the studio the time to find a replacement director and to maybe get this Channing Tatum-starring troubled-production back on track.
The one Marvel movie at Fox staying put? The next installment in the X-Men franchise, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which is staying put on its November 2nd, 2018 release date.
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