Drastic changes have been made to 20th Century Fox's film releases for this year. The effected films are all superhero productions: 'Deadpool 2', 'X-Men: The New Mutants' and 'Gambit'. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the shake up will affect Fox releases for the upcoming months.
'Deadpool 2' will now premiere on 18th May 2018, as opposed to two weeks later on 1st June. The move is a risky one, for it pits the film against Sony's 'Slender Man' on the weekend of its release. Friday 25th May will see the release of the much anticipated 'Star Wars' spin-off, 'Solo: A Star Wars Story', which will also serve as big competition for the 'Deadpool' sequel. The new release date for the latter film means it will premiere just two weeks after 'Avengers: Infinity War'.
'X-Men: The New Mutants' has also seen itself effected by the recent shakeup. The film was set to premiere on 13th April 2018, but has now been pushed back by almost a year to 22nd February 2019. It is thought that the decision to move 'The New Mutants' is because of how close it's original premiere would have been to that of 'Deadpool 2'.
The Wrap have revealed that the delay in the release of 'The New Mutants' is down to the film not being scary enough, although it might also have been convenient to fill the gap left by Channing Tatum's new project. 'Gambit', which was due to premiere in February of next year, will now open on 7th June 2019 following the sudden exit of director, Gore Verbinski.
New 'Deadpool 2' image
Following the announcement, Ryan Reynolds saw it fit to reveal a new image for his upcoming film, accompanying the photo with the caption, "May 18". The image showcases 2 weapons brandishing the names 'Bea' and 'Arthur', which serve as a nod to 'Golden Girls' actress 'Bea Arthur', who'll make a cameo appearance in 'Deadpool 2'. See the image for yourself below.