Wednesday, 25 April, 2018

MEN: DARK PHOENIX and NEW MUTANTS Delayed Again

Bohemian Rhapsody CREDIT Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox
Melody Ballard | 27 March, 2018, 17:14

At February 14, 2019, Dark Phoenix will now open in competition with Paramount's Instant Family starring Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne.

Directed by Josh Boone, The New Mutants plans to flip the script on the superhero genre by injecting it with a horror movie element.

On Monday, FOX announced several changes to their upcoming film line up - most notably shifting both X-Men: The Dark Phoenix and New Mutants to much later release dates. A direct follow up to 2016's X-Men: Apocalypse, Phoenix is helmed by franchise producer and first-time director Simon Kinberg.

Taking that November 2 slot is Freddie Mercury biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody", which was set to bow on Christmas. The story of an unhinged Jean Grey awakening the Phoenix Force within her and unleashing her devastating powers unto the world had already been tackled in X-Men: The Last Stand, though it had been dragged through the mud by critics and fans.

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New Mutants slides back almost six months, moving from February 22, 2019 to August 2, 2019 - that's that's now 16 months later than its original April 2018 release date. Perhaps they feel they've got enough "X-Men" this year, with "Deadpool 2" opening in May.

"Dark Phoenix", which centers on Jean Grey and the much-feared Phoenix force, has been moved back from November 2 to February 14.

Elsewhere, Fox has moved The Kid Who Would Be King from February 14, 2019 (Dark Phoenix took over its date) to March 1, 2019 - a two-week delay, which is nothing to be concerned about. Fox has now dated it for August 2 2019 in the US. That film will be released March 1, 2019, pushing out police thriller The Force. However, yet another major delay for New Mutants seems very troubling.

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