According to Jeff Snieder over at The Tracking Board, FOX is making some late night moves. Late Monday night they began shuffling around their upcoming releases. Including 2 X-Men films, and the Queen front man biopic.
Dark Phoenix was slated for Nov. 2, 2018, and is now pushed back to Feb. 14, 2019. Not necessarily a prime release date in the past, but thanks to films like Black Panther, and Deadpool, it isn’t the death sentence it used to be.
Meanwhile Bohemian Rhapsody, the biopic about Queen front man Freddie Mercury, staring Rami Malek (Mr. Robot), moves from Christmas Day to takeover Dark Phoenix’ original release date Nov 2, 2018.
Icing on the cake is that New Mutants once again moves dates. The Josh Boone Mutant/Horror film, which was originally supposed to hit next month, was moved to Feb. 22, 2019. However, now FOX delays it another 6 months to Aug. 2, 2019! At this point, we don’t know if it will ever hit theaters!
Sneider also notes that FOX has moved The Kid Who Would Be King from Feb. 14, 2019 to March 1, 2019, and the animated film Spies in Disguise has moved back from Jan. 18, 2019 to April 19, 2019 and Breakthrough will now hit on April 12, 2019.
With all these moves it is hard to understand what exactly FOX is trying to do. While Bohemian Rhapsody moves up a month, they seem to have faith in it. Late in the year is prime for Oscar contention, with all the onset drama we are unsure how this film will pan out. However the delays on the X-Men films are not good signs. Especially the second move for New Mutants.