Release dates of films seem to increasingly be put back at the moment, and the latest two casualties are the live action Alita: Battle Angel and The Predator reboot.
Robert Rodriguez’s anime adaptation was due to arrive in cinemas on July 20th, but 20th Century Fox have just moved that date to December 21. A sign of trouble? I don’t think so, though the studio is probably unsure on how well it’s going to do considering the last anime-based film The Ghost In The Shell flopped [though it wasn’t very good either]. And Shane Black’s The Predator, which seems to be undergoing some reshoots this March, will not now be coming out on August 3rd, but on September 14th. Exhibitor Relations speculates that Fox are:
“Obviously hoping to scare up some of that mad money Stephen King’s It made last year in what is typically a box office dead zone”.
And while we’re on the subject of Fox releases, the follow-up to Murder on the Orient Express sequel, Death on the Nile, has been confirmed for November 8, 2019, the same release frame as the original. Considering that the movie was a surprise hit despite iffy reviews [I rather liked it], that sounds like a good strategy. Kenneth Branagh is set to return as director and as detective Hercule Poirot.