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'Dark Phoenix' Pushed Back to June 2019, Untitled 'Deadpool' Opening In December

'Dark Phoenix' Pushed Back to June 2019, Untitled 'Deadpool' Opening In December

'Dark Phoenix' Pushed Back to June 2019, Untitled 'Deadpool' Opening In December

20th Century Fox is making a few key changes to its release calendar, including pushing back Alita: Battle Angel and Dark Phoenix, while adding an untitled Deadpool movie to its slate this year.

The untitled Deadpool movie will open in wide release on Dec. 21 this year. Meanwhile, Robert Rodriguez's Alita will move from Dec. 21 to Feb. 14, 2019. Dark Phoenix, the next X-Men installment, moves from Feb. 14, 2019 to June 7, 2019. The studio has also moved its long-in-development (and directorless) X-Men spinoff Gambit from June 7, 2019 to March 13, 2020.

There is speculation that the untitled Deadpool film could be a kid-friendly re-r elease of the R-rated property, perhaps this year's Deadpool 2. Star Ryan Reynolds sparked those rumors with an image calling back to The Princess Bride featuring Fred Savage reprising his role from the 1987 film as a boy whose grandfather reads him a book while he's sick. Though given how labor-intensive and expensive creating an alternate cut of a movie is, perhaps the Deadpool release will just be Deadpool 2 with added footage of Deadpool reading to Savage. The untitled Deadpool opens on a crowded day for blockbusters and will go against Warner Bros.' Aquamanand Paramount's Bumblebee.

The release date changes come as the pending Disney/Fox merger is expected to close in 2019 and which will give Disney's Marvel Studios the rights to the X-Men. The merger calls into the question the likelihood of a Channing Tatum Gambit movie, which has had trouble getting off the ground, actua lly surviving the move to Disney. Fox also has X-Men spinoff New Mutants set for Aug. 2, 2019; that horror-tinged film also has been long delayed and has already been shot. It was originally supposed to open April 13, 2018.

The news of Dark Phoenix's shift comes just days after the first trailer for the film hit, touting its old February release date. Dark Phoenix already had been delayed in the past and underwent reshoots. It originally was supposed to open in November of this year.

Aaron Couch

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