20th Century Fox dropped very quietly a number of release date changes and additions tonight, at the top of the list is an untitled film from James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment on Dec. 21, 2018. Golly gosh, it must be Avatar 2: At CinemaCon, Cameron announced that the sequel was hitting theaters during the Christmas season two years from now with sequels following in 2020, 2022 and 2023. The only major studio release sitting on that date is an animated Spider-Man movie from Sony.
In addition, two untitled Marvel movies hit the studio’s release schedule on Nov. 2 2018 and Feb. 14, 2019. Fox also subtracted an untitled Marvel movie from Oct. 6, 2017. This brings the total Marvel slots up to four alongside March 2, 2018, and June 29, 2018. John Wick co-director David Leitch signed on last week to helm Deadpool 2 with production start expected to be announced soon. Figure Deadpool 2 drops in one of these spaces.
Ridley Scott’s Alien Covenant, the follow-up to Prometheus, has been moved up three months, from August 4, 2017 to May 19. The August 4 slot had it up against Open Road’s Blazing Samurai and Sony’s Emoji animated movie, while on May 19 Alien bares its teeth against New Line’s Annabelle 2, the Dwayne Johnson pic Baywatch, Open Road’s Nut Job 2, and wouldn’t ya know — Fox has another title on that date Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul. On a whole, that weekend looks like an implosion of male eyeballs, so something has to move (Annabelle 1 drew 51% female, about even with guys). Fox also released a new poster for Alien Covenant, which you can see here.
Lastly, The Kingsmen: Gold Circle is getting kicked back from June 16 to Oct. 6 next year.