It was originally supposed to be the year that Fox would release three movies set in the X-Men universe, but now it looks like we will be getting just one. Josh Boone’s The New Mutants had already been pushed back to 2019 a couple of months ago and now it will be slipping further, moving from Feb. 22nd, 2019 to Aug. 2nd. This is all to make room for X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which will be joining it as part of Fox’s 2019 slate, hitting theatres on Feb. 14th, 2019 instead of Nov. 2nd, 2018. To fill the void, they have decided to move the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody up from Dec. 25th to Nov. 2nd. Hit the jump for more details.
The reason for the release date shuffle is unclear, but back in January we heard that The New Mutants was moving to avoid potential overseas conflicts with Deadpool 2. There were also rumours that it was not scary enough and they wanted more time to fully embrace the horror elements. Reshoots will supposedly add a new character as well.
At this point Deadpool 2 is likely to be one of the biggest movies of the year so if Fox needs take more time with these other films, it is probably in their best interest to do so. That still won’t stop fans from speculating about potential problems. Are you disappointed that X-Men: Dark Phoenix won’t hit theatres this year?