Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Aliens and Mutants: Fox Updates Tentpole Slate, 'Avatar 2' Dated?

20th Century Fox has re-shuffled their line-up of tentpoles...

The biggest gasp here is the inclusion of an Untitled Fox/Lightstorm Film...

Lightstorm is James Cameron's studio. What has Mr. Cameron been working on all these years? No, not Alita: Battle Angel. He's producing that, while Robert Rodriguez directs. That's also already set for July 2018. If the answer wasn't obvious... Avatar 2...

Word on the street is that James Cameron is playing nice with Disney, and the reason makes sense... Pandora - The World of Avatar in Disney's Animal Kingdom. Some rumors from earlier in the week suggested that Disney was going to move the untitled Han Solo Anthology film to the mid-December slot, but it looks like the smuggler will remain in the traditional mid-May station. It adds up, since the first Avatar was a big December release back in 2009.

I mean, what else could it be? A long-awaited sequel to The Abyss?

Several other Fox biggies moved around.

Alien: Covenant has sort-of traded places with Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Alien: Covenant is now set to open on May 19, 2017, Kingsman: The Golden Circle is set for October 6, 2017. Slight bummer on the latter.

The Marvel side of things saw big updates. The 10/6/2017 Fox/Marvel film is now off the slate. Their slate now...

03/02/2018 *previously scheduled*
06/29/2018 *previously scheduled*
11/02/2018 *new addition*
02/14/2019 *new addition*

The Fox/Marvel slate has been something of a jumble these days. Deadpool 2 lost director Tim Miller, Fox hastily got his replacement. New Mutants has been on the table, X-Force has been teased, and Gambit has been on-and-off. I'm thinking Deadpool 2 nabs the Valentine's Day 2019 slot, much like its predecessor. Not sure about the other dates.

Interestingly, Paramount scheduled an untitled "event" film for 11/2/2018. So it'll be duking it out with an untitled Fox/Marvel film and Disney's live-action Mulan. I have a feeling it's going to be hauling its way out of that slot.


Alien: Covenant? Could be good, but I kinda want Alien 5 more. Kingsman: The Golden Circle? I adored the first one, I'm there day one. Avatar 2? I don't dislike the first film, if two has more of a story and fleshes out characters, I'll check it out. All the upcoming Fox/Marvels? I'm interested to see what direction they go in, because Deadpool was like a turbo shot, Logan looks great, and we'll see a new beginning after we bid the old X-Men crew adieu.

What say you?

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