X-MEN Spin-Off Shakeup: DEADPOOL 2 Will Open Earlier, But THE NEW MUTANTS Has Been Pushed Back To 2019

X-MEN Spin-Off Shakeup: DEADPOOL 2 Will Open Earlier, But THE NEW MUTANTS Has Been Pushed Back To 2019

Fox has decided to delay the release of Josh Boone's The New Mutants by almost a full year, but the studio has also issued the Deadpool sequel with an earlier release date. Find out more after the jump...

According to THR, 21st Century Fox is switching up the release dates for three of its upcoming X-Men spin-off flicks, and it's a good news/ bad news type deal.

Unfortunately for New Mutants fans, Josh Boone's very promising looking adaptation has been pushed from April 13 to Feb. 22, 2019 - more than 10 months later than it was previously scheduled to open. On a more positive note, Deadpool 2 has been moved up 2 weeks from June 1 to May 18, and will now hit theaters a week before Han Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Gambit has also been pushed back from Feb. 14, 2019 to June 7, 2019, but considering the movie just lost its third director, that's hardly surprising.


There's bound to be speculation that these changes - particularly the New Mutants delay - have something to do with the recent Disney buyout, but the trade's sources maintain that it's to "avoid an overlap with X-Men movies in certain overseas marketplace, where Mutants and Deadpool 2 would have been in theaters at the same time."

The Wrap's sources, meanwhile, reckon it's because the movie, which has been heavily marketed as a horror, simply isn't scary enough. 

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