Fox Pushes Back Alita: Battle Angel & The Predator

Alita Battle Angel and Predator

Fans of the sci-fi/action genre are in for some bad news, as 20th Century Fox has pushed back the release dates for both Alita: Battle Angel and Shane Black's The Predator.

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Originally slated for a summer debut on July 20, Robert Rodriguez's adaptation of Yukito Kishiro’s beloved manga will instead now arrive on Dec. 21. The new date brings with it some heavy competition for the cyberpunk film, with Warner Bros.' Aquaman and Paramount's Transformers spinoff Bumblebee set to debut that same weekend.

Here's the official synopsis for director Robert Rodriguez's Alita: Battle Angel, which stars Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley and Keean Johnson:

Set several centuries in the future, the abandoned Alita (Rosa Salazar) is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate cyber-doctor who takes the unconscious cyborg Alita to his clinic. When Alita awakens she has no memory of who she is, nor does she have any recognition of the world she finds herself in. Everything is new to Alita, every experience a first. As she learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield Alita from her mysterious past while her street-smart new friend, Hugo (Keean Johnson), offers instead to help trigger her memories. A growing affection develops between the two until deadly forces come after Alita and threaten her newfound relationships. It is then that Alita discovers she has extraordinary fighting abilities that could be used to save the friends and family she’s grown to love. Determined to uncover the truth behind her origin, Alita sets out on a journey that will lead her to take on the injustices of this dark, corrupt world, and discover that one young woman can change the world in which she lives.

Fans of The Predator will have less time to patiently bide, with Shane Black's newest entry in the beloved franchise now set to release just five weeks behind schedule. The film was originally going to premiere on Aug, 3, but will now open on Sept. 14 against the likes of Fighting with My Family and Sony's Alpha.

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The Predator stars Thomas Jane, Boyd Holbrook, Olivia Munn, Alfie Allen, Sterling K. Brown, Keegan-Michael Key, Yvonne Strahovski, Jacob Tremblay, Jake Busey, Trevante Rhoades, and Edward James Olmos.

(via ComingSoon.net)

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