Shifts in release dates ahoy.
It’s not uncommon for films to not come out on the dates they were originally assigned. Sometimes it’s to avoid competition, sometimes it’s give more time in post to polish up and other times it’s because the studio is trying to save a bomb they’ve unknowingly greenlit. Coming from a report by ComingSoon.net, Fox has decided to shift the release dates of the their two big summer movies, Alita: Battle Angel and The Predator, to the different dates they originally got.
Alita had a date pinned down for the 20th of July but now has been moved to the 21st of December, where it will face competition with such films like Aquaman and the Transformers spinoff Bumblebee. Based off of a manga titled slightly differently (Battle Angel Alita, so it’s just a case of swapping the placement around), the film follows a cyborg girl who has no memories but is brought back to life by a kindly doctor and sets out on a quest to find out who she is. The film was originally suppose to be a project by James Cameron but he instead regulated himself to script and producing duties while Sin City and Machete director Robert Rodriguez helmed the ship (who also co-wrote the script with Cameron and Shutter Island writer Laeta Kalogridis). Given the amount of extensive CG work that’s involved with the film, it would not surprise me if the movie is being pushed back for that. Plus I think Fox wants to avoid another Jupiter Ascending/Valerian type situation, so maybe they’re trying to push it as a potential Avatar during the Christmas season, especially when there’s no new Star Wars film coming out around that time.
Meanwhile, Shane Black’s all star Predator reboot has had its date moved around a bunch of times from early March 2018 to February then to August 3rd. Now it’s moved again but thankfully we now have a solid date with the 14th of September. It’s been recently confirmed that reshoots are going on for the film but only for two weeks while Black has confirmed that the film will not only be a sequel to the first two films but before the 2010 film Predators but will also be in R rated tradition like the previous installments.
Finally Kenneth Branagh’s sequel to Murder On The Orient Express, Death On The Nile, has a date pinned down for November 8th, 2019. It’s been confirmed that Branagh will be back in front and behind the camera like last time while screenwriter Michael Green (Logan, Blade Runner 2049) will also be back to write the script like last time. Nile has its greatest detective Hercule Poirot on vacation in Egypt before getting caught up in yet another mystery involving a murder and a love triangle.