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New Release Dates for X-Men Films, Bohemian Rhapsody, & More

Bohemian Rhapsody moves up while some others are pushed far down.

Following the new release dates of the next two X-Men movies, Fox announced changes for a handful of their 2019 slate.

The sequel to Deadpool is the only X-Men movie released this year, on May 18. X-Men: Dark Phoenix, planned to premiere on November 2, 2018, moves to February 14, 2019 release date. New Mutants moves from February 22, 2019 to almost 6 months later, on August 19, 2019.

While Dark Phoenix is a watershed crossover that Fox should prepare carefully after the lukewarm reception to X-Men: Apocalypse, New Mutants is the first X-Men installment with a horror flavor. So it's understandable that they need tweaks and additions to prepare for the most satisfactory final products. Disney's acquisition of Fox could always play a role, but not this big. Still, we might have to wait until after the movies are out to learn the real reasons.

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Meanwhile, there are swapping release dates for other Fox movies according to Deadline. The Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, starring Rami Malek, is pushed up to November 2, 2018 from Christmas Day--also the old date reserved for Dark Phoenix. In all, this slot gives the movie more breathing space at the box office.

The movie adaptatation of Don Winslow's epic The Force loses its release on March 1, 2019 without a new date yet. In its place is Joe Cornish's medieval adventure The Kid Who Would Be King, moved from February 14.

April 12, 2019 is now the shared date for animated movie Spies in Disguise and Roxann Dawson’s Breakthrough.

Source: Deadline