20th Century Fox has reshuffled a few of their high-profile releases and potentially added a PG-13 cut of Deadpool 2 to their festive lineup. We'll get to the Deadpool bombshell momentarily, but for now, let's focus on those two high-profile titles.
First up, Alita: Battle Angel is no longer arriving in cinemas on December 21st. Instead the Robert Rodriguez directed film will now debut on February 14, 2019. If you've been keeping up with Fox's release schedule changes, this date will ring a bell and not just because it's Valentine's Day. February 14 was previously the date that X-Men: Dark Pheonix would rise-up worldwide, well that's no longer the case. Directed by X-Men producer Simon Kinberg, Dark Pheonix recently launched a trailer that looks like a vast improvement on Apocalypse, and will now shift to a summer release.
Flying into cinemas on June 7, 2019, Dark Pheonix will be going up against the likes of Toy Story 4, the Men in Black spin-off with Chris Hemsworth, Secret Life of Pets 2, and the Danny Boyle/Richard Curtis Beatles themed musical comedy. Ironically, June 7, 2019, was the most recent (in a very long list) of dates for the Gambit movie starring Channing Tatum. Reid Carolin and Joshua Zetumer are rewriting the script with the film now due on March 13, 2020, maybe.
Cast your minds back to the beginning of this article, and you may recall a passing remark about a PG-13 rated version of Deadpool 2. Ryan Reynolds tweeted the below cryptic image of Deadpool and Fred Savage recreating the iconic scene from The Princess Bride.
According to Deadline, Fox has slated 'untitled Deadpool movie' for the now vacated December 21st release date. While it would be a wonderful thing if Ryan Reynolds and chums managed to make a whole film in secret, the reality is a little less exciting. Deadline reports that a PG-13 version of the hit sequel will be released in cinemas on December 21st. At first glance, this seems like a needless cash-grab from the studio to broaden the appeal of an R-rated character. It is going to take more than a few bleeps, creative editing, and toned down action to get a PG-13 rated version that makes sense. Given the improv nature of the Deadpool films, there's a chance that the new cut will contain previously unseen footage, but at this stage, nothing has been confirmed by Fox.