According to The Hollywood Reporter, 21st Century Fox is switching up the release dates for three of its upcoming X-Men spin-off flicks, and there’s some good news but much more bad news.
Unfortunately for New Mutants fans, Josh Boone’s adaptation has been pushed back by nearly a year, from April 13 to Feb. 22, 2019 – more than 10 months later than it was previously scheduled to open.
On a more positive, but equally curious, note, Deadpool 2 has been moved up 2 weeks from June 1 to May 18 and will now hit theaters a week before Han Solo: A Star Wars Story but only two weeks after Infinity War.
Gambit has also been pushed back from Feb. 14, 2019 to June 7, 2019, but considering the movie just lost its third director, that’s hardly surprising. It looks more and more likely that this film will never be made.
Many people will be quick to make some assumptions about these moves – particularly the New Mutants delay – most will assume it will have something to do with the recent Disney buyout, but the trade’s sources maintain that it’s to “avoid an overlap with X-Men movies in certain overseas marketplace, where Mutants and Deadpool 2 would have been in theaters at the same time.”
The Wrap’s sources are claiming it’s because the movie, which has been heavily marketed as a horror, simply isn’t scary enough, but would that require such a long delay?
What do you guys make of this? Is this something to do with the House of Mouse or is this just Fox making some more weird choices? Let us know!