In a sudden move, Fox is moving the schedules of three upcoming X-Men spin-off films, namely Deadpool 2, The New Mutants, and the upcoming Gambit film according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Much to the fan’s elation, Deadpool’s second outing will be moved to an earlier date, from its original June 1 premiere to May 18, 2018. This also comes off as a bold move from Fox, considering Disney’s Solo: A Star Wars Story will be released a week later. Deadpool 2 also pits itself against Sony’s latest horror outing, Slender Man, opening on the same week.
The X-Men horror spin-off film, The New Mutants, directed by Josh Boone, will also be moved, but to a later time… a matter of 10 months to be exact. The band of mutants topbilled by Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, and Charlie Heaton will now be released on February 22, 2019, from its original April 13, 2018 screening.
In another bit of bad news, it looks like the Gambit film has been dealt another bad hand. Gore Verbinski, has reportedly exited the film, leaving the film without a director for the third time, after the exit of Rupert Wyatt and Doug Liman before. Verbinski’s exit was reported to be amicable and due to scheduling issues. The raging cajun’s solo outing has been moved to June 2019, with Channing Tatum still attached to the film as the titular lead. Despite the new release date, the exit of a third director puts the Gambit film’s existence up in the air.