Fox Shifts the Release Dates for Dark Phoenix, Alita, Gambit, Announces New Deadpool Movie

It seems that 20th Century Fox might be a little nervous about a couple of their movies. They’ve decided to shift a few release dates around and that means two big releases are getting delayed again. According to The Hollywood Reporter Fox has decided to delay two of of its big projects by several months.

Alita: Battle Angel

The first project getting delayed is Alita: Battle Angel. The movie, which was originally set to open on December 21st of this year, has moved to February 14, 2019. Of all the movies that were announced today this is the least surprising. Alita was scheduled to go up against Aquaman and Bumblebee which Mary Poppins Returns opening three days earlier. That was a losing strategy and it’s not surprising that Fox was the studio that blinked.

The second big delay is an interesting one. After dropping its first trailer just days earlier Dark Phoenix has received its second big delay from February 14, 2019 to June 7, 2019. There have been rumors that the test screenings for this movie haven’t been going well, they are wrapping up a round of reshoots, and the while the trailer did well it didn’t blown anyone’s mind.

The final delay is a surprise to absolutely no one. Gambit, which Fox is still pretending is a movie that is actually happening, has once again been delayed from June 7, 2019 to March 13, 2020. Whether or not that one actually happens is anyone’s guess.

While Alita might have vacated that spot on December 21st that doesn’t mean the studio is leaving completely. In an extremely weird announcement an Untitled Deadpool movie will now open this December 21st. There is speculation that this could be a family friendly version of one of the two movies? Or maybe the Super Duper Unrated Cut is getting a theatrical release? Who knows but star Ryan Reynolds did share this tweet:

That picture book shows a scene from Deadpool 2 of Deadpool getting ripped in half by Juggernaut. It’s Deadpool though so your guess is as good as mine.

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