Fox has announced a new modified lineup of their upcoming release date slate.
Here is Fox’s current slate of live-action films from 2016-2018.
*Independence Day: Resurgence (dir. Roland Emmerich) June 24th, 2016
*Morgan (dir. Luke Scott) September 2nd, 2016
*Miss Peregrine (dir. Tim Burton) September 30th, 2016
*Assassin’s Creed (dir. Justin Kurzel) December 21ist, 2016
*Wolverine 3 (dir. James Mangold) March 3rd, 2017
*Kingsman: The Golden Circle (dir. Matthew Vaughn) June 16th, 2017
*Alien: Covenant (dir. Ridley Scott) August 3rd, 2017
*War for The Planet of The Apes (dir. Matt Reeves) July 14th, 2017
*Red Sparrow (dir. ?) November 10th, 2017
*The Predator (dir. Shane Black) February 9th, 2018
*Untitled Marvel Film Marvel March 2nd, 2018
*Untitled Marvel Film June 29th, 2018
*Alita: Battle Angel (dir. Robert Rodriguez) July 20th, 2018
Gambit had been assumed for release on October 6th, 2017, but that weekend will also see Blade Runner 2 and My Little Pony released, making it unlikely that Fox will stick around. It’s expected that Fox could keep that March spot for Gambit, because it allows them a huge buffer between production/post-production (set to begin shooting this fall) and release, just in-case they do end-up losing director Doug Liman to something like Edge of Tomorrow 2 or Splinter Cell.
It’s been rumored that Josh Boone could start production on New Mutants as soon as early next year, which could mean his film is taking the June spot. Casting is said to be already underway with it’s script confirmed by Boone to be already in a second draft, sort of leading us to believe it’s ready to go into production next year.
We normally don’t hear any word of the next main X-Men installment until after the opening weekend, which could mean we’ll hear a release date or title soon. It’s been assumed the next film would be focus on the Phoenix Saga, with X-Men: Apocalypse teasing this coming-up next. It’s possible the film could be set in the 1990s, allowing New Mutants to take place between Apocalypse and this one.
There’s been zero sign that the next main installment is coming any time soon, but Fox is known to drop news out of the blue. Bryan Singer is busy with 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, will they wait for him or find another director to tackle it instead?
I know fans are under the impression that Deadpool 2 and X-Force will be ready to released in 2018, but that doesn’t seem to be realistic with Fox busy with other projects and scripts still being written.
We know that Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese are taking their time as they just started writing Deadpool 2, asking the studio for time to develop the film. This would conflict with the idea the film could be ready for 2017 or even 2018, The Predator taking the release spot in February we’d expect a Deadpool sequel would take.
Singer hinted that X-Force might be getting an outline from Simon Kinberg, but it’s unlikely he’s writing the film himself. Reese/Wernick wanted a crack at that script as well, which makes sense Fox would hand it over to them since they know how to write that world along with Deadpool.
While fans wants these dates to be more Deadpool movies, the development of these X-Men films says otherwise.
I’d also find extremely unlikely either of these wold be Fantastic Four 2 or a Silver Surfer movie.