Coming on the heels of Fox’s Gambit film losing its director once again, it is now being reported by THR that the project has been given a new release date along with Deadpool 2 and The New Mutants due to a big shake-up at the studio.
Gambit has been moved from February 14th, 2019 to June 7th, 2019 in order for them to have enough time to search for a new director, following Gore Verbinski‘s departure. Apparently, the studio feels that its “heavy comedic tone revolving around a heist” would work better for a Summer release rather than a Winter one. This now pits the troubled production against The Secret Life of Pets 2 and the Charlie’s Angels reboot.
Deadpool 2 has been moved up two weeks from June 1st, 2018 to Mat 18th, 2018, putting it in direct competition with Sony’s Slender Man as well as having it opening two weeks after Avengers: Infinity War and one week before Solo: A Star Wars Story, which is a much riskier play for a non-Disney Marvel film.
The New Mutants has received the biggest delay, having been pushed back 10 months from April 13th, 2018 to February 22nd, 2019. According to insiders, this was done to avoid an overlap of X-Men movies in certain overseas marketplaces, where The New Mutants and Deadpool 2 would have been in theaters at the same time. Reports from The Wrap and The Tracking Board state this was done to beef up the scares in what is already new territory for the superhero/horror film in order to capitalize on the recent successes of It and Get Out.