20th Century Fox is making some major changes to the release dates for three of its upcoming X-Men related projects. Following the announcement that the long-gestating Gambit movie has lost yet another director with Gore Verbinski exiting, the Channing Tatum led spin-off will now launch June 7, 2019. Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Carribean) was only attached to Gambit for a couple of months, but he joins a worryingly long list of directors who have dropped out during development.

Another delay to an already long-delayed movie might not be much of a surprise, but Fox's decision to shift New Mutants from April 18 this year to February 22, 2019, is a humdinger. The first trailer for New Mutants arrived last year, and Josh Boone's horror laced movie looked like a home run. Anya Taylor-Joy (Split), Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) and Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things) star as gifted youngsters coming to terms with their abilities with nightmarish results.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox executives were concerned that the release of Deadpool 2 and New Mutants would overlap in some countries and would only confuse international audiences. I don't know about you, but that seems like a pretty weak explanation for a ten-month delay. If it was just an issue of a bit of overlap overseas then surely Fox could have moved New Mutants to the Autumn, a setback of this length does inadvertently suggest that production hasn't gone as well as expected.

The lone piece of good news on offer is that Deadpool 2 will now hit cinemas two weeks earlier than planned. Instead of June 1, the Merc with a Mouth will return to the big screen on May 18.

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