In a somewhat interesting turn of events, 20th Century Fox has announced delays to it's next X-Men film franchise releases after Deadpool 2.
Both X-Men: Dark Phoenix, and New Mutants have been delayed. The former is now scheduled for a 14th February 2019 release, whilst the latter, has been moved far, far into the distance to the 2nd August 2019.
Little has been heard of X-Men: Dark Phoenix, although it has been in production for sometime and a number of casting announcements have been made, such as Jessica Chastain joining as Shi'ar Empress Lilandra. With no production shots leaked or teaser trailers revealed it is less of a surprise delay than New Mutants.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix is being directed by long term X-Men writer, Simon Kinberg, and as a result is something of a shakeup from the established run of the Brian Singer helmed franchise.
New Mutants, which was heavily into production, had already released a teaser trailer and all seemed well with the project. Directed by Josh Boone, the film focuses on a younger set of X-Men fan favourites with a far more horror tinged emphasis.
While little has really been revealed as to the reasons behind the delays, speculation will surely grow surrounding the proposed purchase of 20th Century Fox's film divisions by Disney throwing a spanner in the proverbial works.
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