There’s been a release date reshuffle at Fox, which is bad news for anyone anxiously awaiting X-Men: Dark Phoenix and X-Men horror spin-off The New Mutants.
Deadline reports that Dark Phoenix, the latest chapter in the main X-Men storyline, has been moved from 2 November to 14 February 2019. Are they trying to recapture the Valentine’s Day magic of the first Deadpool movie? Or is it a result of Bohemian Rhapsody (the Freddie Mercury biopic starring Rami Malek that endured a bit of a ruckus over director Bryan Singer’s departure) moving to that 2 November date? Or, and this seems the most likely explanation, do they need more time?
Whatever the reason for the delay, we’ll have to wait until next year to see what we hope will be the adaptation of Jean Grey’s most famous storyline that we deserve.
Still, that’s nothing compared to the latest delay for Josh Boone’s The New Mutants, which had already been hoofed from April this year to 22 February 2019. It makes sense not to open two X-Men movies in two weeks, but the horror-tinged movie has now been hoofed all the way to 2 August 2019. Potential explanations for the first delay included international release date conflicts with Deadpool 2, reshoots to make the film scarier and adding a new character. We love the concept and we love the cast, so we’re holding out hope that The New Mutants will be worth the wait.
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