Disney’s massive deal to buy up a giant chunk of Fox hasn’t even officially happened, yet the world of the X-Men films at the studio is undergoing some upheaval.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, fans of Ryan Reynolds & company’s Deadpool are in for a treat as the big sequel is ditching it’s June first release date to come out much earlier on May 18, putting it a week ahead of Disney/Lucasfilm’s Solo: A Star Wars Story. At the same time Josh Boone’s young mutant horror film The New Mutants has been bumped from it’s April 13, 2018, release date all the way back to February 22, 2019 and the long-gestating Gambit film with Channing Tatum moves from it’s recently secured romantic February 14, 2019 date to June 7, 2019.
Reports from insiders indicate the move was to avoid overlap of the franchise’s films because while they are months apart in the domestic release schedule, internationally some of them would have come out very close together.
That’s not all for the ragin’ Cajun’s film as according to reports Gore Verbinski has dropped out of directing the film, the third director to have departed the film in the last few years. Unlike the previous directors to drop out, Verbinski is leaving as the film was in the middle of casting and was set to begin shooting in March of this year.
Star Channing Tatum is still attached and the search for another director has begun, but it no doubt leaves fans wondering if this film will ever actually see the light of day.
The move to knock back The New Mutants might avoid the overlap but potentially could hurt the film in the long run as the studio had just been ramping up marketing for the film. Now that will have to be put on the shelf for a number of months before starting up again to get folks interested in the film’s new date.
Since there was no news it looks like X-Men: Dark Phoenix is still on track for its November 2 release.