In the wake of “The Maze Runner: The Death Cure” being delayed almost an entire year, 20th Century Fox has done some shuffling of its release schedule and handed out fresh dates for a bunch of projects.
The most notable is Shane Black’s restart of the “Predator” franchise which will be going out earlier than expected. Originally slated for a March 2nd 2018 release, the film is now being moved up a few weeks to a February 9th 2018 opening opposite “Fifty Shades Freed” and one week ahead of Marvel’s “Black Panther”.
Producer James Cameron’s “Alita: Battle Angel” has also finally been given a release date with the film targeting a July 20th 2018 opening. Fox had originally slated an untitled Blue Sky animate feature for that slot, but have yanked it with no new date set just yet. The film is also set to precede a comic book film by a week – in this case Warners’ “Aquaman” which opens July 27th.
Fox has also shifted around the dates of its two untitled Marvel movies in 2018 – one being delayed from January 12th 2018 to a March 2nd 2018 release, the other being moved up from a July 13th 2018 to a June 29th 2018 release. “The New Mutants,” “X-Force,” “Gambit” and “Deadpool 2” all currently don’t have release dates with some of these projects likely to fill one if not both of those dates.
Then there’s stuff closer to our current time. the A.I. thriller “Morgan” will get a wide release September 2nd this year, Gore Verbinski’s supernatural horror film “A Cure for Wellness” has been moved up a month and will now open February 17th 2017, the female-led spy thriller “Red Sparrow” has set a November 10th 2017 release, and Kenneth Branagh’s “Murder On The Orient Express” remake hits November 22nd 2017.