Fox Updates Dark Phoenix, Alita, Gambit Release Dates

Sorry, X-Men fans. You're going to have to wait even longer for Dark Phoenix to hit theaters.

Fox just announced today a new slew of release dates and the latest X-Men film has been pushed yet again. Along with pushing back Dark Phoenix, the studio has also pushed Alita: Battle Angel into the new year, while also slotting dates for the long-in-development Gambit and an unspecified Deadpool film.

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Dark Phoenix, which just dropped a trailer a few days ago, has moved from Feb. 14 to June 7. This is the latest in a slew of release date changes for the film, as fans will recall it was originally slated to hit theaters this year. Should reshoots go as planned, it's likely this is the final schedule change for what may be the last X-Men film from Fox before the Disney deal officially closes next summer.

As for Robert Rodriguez's Alita: Battle Angel, that film -- which has also seen setbacks -- moves from its Dec. 21 slot to Dark Phoenix's prior Feb. 14 space. This is actually a smart move on Fox's end, as the film would have faced stiff competition in December from Warner Bros. and DC's Aquaman, Sony's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and the latest Transformers film, Bumblebee.

While those two changes are unsurprising, there were two additions to Fox's calendar that were rather unexpected. Despite producer Simon Kinberg promising Gambit would begin filming in 2019, the long-in-development film has failed to secure a new director or a solid release date. Until now, that is. Gambit, which was slated to hit theaters on June 7, has finally moved out to March 13, 2020. Assuming production remains on track and the film secures a director relatively soon, this may be the final date shift for the film.

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The most surprising addition to Fox's schedule, though, is an untitled Deadpool film set to hit theaters on Dec. 21 this year. While it has yet to be confirmed, it's expected that'll be a PG13 cut of Deadpool 2.

(via Deadline)

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