20th Century Fox announced a slew of release dates on this fine Saturday morning. We’ve already brought you the high profile news regarding the dates for the Avatar sequels and Deadpool 2 and New Mutants as well as the delay of The Predator, but there’s plenty more where that came from. Briefly, here’s the skinny:
- Untitled Steven Spielberg set for release on December 22, 2017.
- Maze Runner: The Death Cure will now hit theaters on February 9, 2018 instead of January 12, 2018.
- The Jennifer Lawrence spy pic Red Sparrow is being pushed from November 2017 to March 2, 2018.
- 12 Years a Slave filmmaker Steve McQueen’s next film Widows has been set for November 16, 2018.
- Bryan Singer’s Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody opens on December 25, 2018.
- The Kid Who Would Be King will open in theaters on September 28, 2018, though we don’t know anything else about this project at this time.
And now, let’s dig into a bit more on what each of these films are, who’s in them, etc.
Untitled Steven Spielberg
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The film currently has quite a bit of competition on the Christmas release date, including Pitch Perfect 3, the Mark Wahlberg-fronted The Six Billion Dollar Man, and Alexander Payne’s new film Downsizing. It is undoubtedly a strong awards play, and another example of just how quickly Spielberg is able to work. Keep this one on your radar.
Maze Runner: The Death Cure
The third and final film in the Maze Runner franchise infamously shut down production last year when star Dylan O’Brien was seriously injured on set. O’Brien was given ample time to recover and then he shot the upcoming actioner American Assassin, so it’s only just now that The Death Cure has gone back into production. The January release date always seemed weird for a successful franchise, so this new February 9, 2018 date makes a bit more sense. It’ll now be squaring off directly against another trilogy-conclusion, Fifty Shades Freed, as well as the family film Peter Rabbit.
The film was going to be rushed out this November, but it appears Fox decided instead to give Lawrence more time to finish the picture while also giving the film a Hunger Games-esque March release date. On March 2nd the film currently has no competition, but it opens two weeks before the Tomb Raider reboot and a week after Pacific Rim: Uprising.
McQueen’s terrific cast includes Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Colin Farrell, Liam Neeson, Daniel Kaluuya, Robert Duvall, and Andre Holland, and production is just about to get underway.
On the film’s awards-friendly November 2018 release date, the film will square off directly against Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2 and opens a week after the animated Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. So this will be a nice adult alternative to all the family fare.
We’ll see how Singer opts to tell this story, but it’s notable that this is Singer’s first non-blockbuster movie since Valkyrie. On that December release date, Bohemian Rhapsody will square off against Disney’s sequel Mary Poppins Returns and will open a week after Warner Bros.’ Aquaman.