Disney Shuffles More Release Dates Following Fox Acquisition!!!

We knew when Disney acquired 20th Century Fox that they’d likely be shuffling up their release date calendar, and today that announcement came. With Fox no longer its own standalone studio, Disney doesn’t want Fox’s films to infringe upon its box office prospects, and vice versa, so some changes were in order. Indeed, the changes were aplenty.

The most notable shifts/announcements have to do with what Disney sees as its two major flagship franchises now that it has acquired Fox: Star Wars and Avatar. Disney will be alternating new Star Wars and Avatar movies starting in 2021, which means the initial 2020 through 2025 release dates for the Avatar franchise have been changed and extended through 2027.

Beyond that, a few changes have actually been made to the 2019 calendar:

  • Disney’s Artemis Fowl has been pushed from August 2019 to May 29, 2020.
  • Fox’s The New Mutants has been delayed again from this August to April 3, 2020.
  • Fox 2000’s The Art of Racing in the Rain has been moved up from September 27th to August 9, 2019.
  • Fox’s sci-fi arthouse film Ad Astra, starring Brad Pitt, has been moved from May to September 20, 2019, better positioning it for awards consideration.
  • Blue Sky StudiosFox’s animation arm—has moved Spies in Disguise from September to Christmas.

Additionally, Disney has announced a December 2020 release date for the live-action film Cruella, which is poised to star Emma Stone as the titular 101 Dalmatians villain.

Also of note: Disney has pulled all of Fox’s Marvel movie release dates it had pegged for untitled films (and Gambit), which was to be expected. Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige will now no doubt assess the slate of films in development and decide which of those will move forward as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Check out the full release date calendar for Disney and Fox titles through 2027 below.

2019

5/10/19 – Fox Searchlight – Tolkien

5/24/19 – Disney – Aladdin

6/7/19 – Fox – Dark Phoenix

6/21/19 – Disney – Toy Story 4

7/12/19 – Fox – Stuber

7/19/19 – Disney – The Lion King

8/9/19 – Fox – The Art of Racing in the Rain

8/23/19 – Fox Searchlight – Ready or Not

9/20/19 – Fox – Ad Astra

10/4/19 – Fox – The Woman in the Window

10/18/19 – Disney – Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

11/15/19 – Fox – Ford v. Ferrari

11/22/19 – Disney – Frozen 2

12/20/19 – Disney – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

12/25/19 – Fox – Spies in Disguise

2020

1/10/20 – Fox – Underwater

2/14/20 – Fox – Untitled Kingsman Movie

2/21/20 – Fox – Call of the Wild

3/6/20 – Disney – Onward

3/27/20 – Disney – Mulan

4/3/20 – Fox – The New Mutants

5/1/20 – Disney – Untitled Marvel

5/29/20 – Disney – Artemis Fowl

6/19/20 – Disney – Untitled Pixar Animation

7/3/20 – Fox – Free Guy

7/17/20 – Fox – Bob’s Burgers

7/24/20 – Disney – Jungle Cruise

8/14/20 – Disney – The One and Only Ivan

10/9/20 – Fox – Death on the Nile

11/6/20 – Disney – Untitled Marvel

11/6/20 – Fox – Ron’s Gone Wrong

11/25/20 – Disney – Untitled Disney Animation

12/18/20 – Fox – West Side Story

12/23/20 – Disney – Cruella

2021

2/12/21 – Disney – Untitled Marvel

3/5/21 – Fox – Nimona

3/12/21 – Disney – Untitled Disney Live Action

5/7/21 – Disney – Untitled Marvel

5/28/21 – Disney – Untitled Disney Live Action

6/18/21 – Disney – Untitled Pixar Animation

7/9/21 – Disney – Untitled Indiana Jones

7/30/21 – Disney – Untitled Disney Live Action

10/8/21 – Disney – Untitled Disney Live Action

11/5/21 – Disney – Untitled Marvel

11/24/21 – Disney – Untitled Disney Animation

12/17/21 – Fox – Avatar 2

2022

2/18/22 – Disney – Untitled Marvel

3/18/22 – Disney – Untitled Pixar

5/6/22 – Disney – Untitled Marvel

5/27/22 – Disney – Untitled Disney Live Action

6/17/22 – Disney – Untitled Pixar

7/8/22 – Disney – Untitled Disney Live Action

7/29/22 – Disney – Untitled Marvel

10/7/22 – Disney – Untitled Disney Live Action

11/4/22 – Disney – Untitled Disney Live Action

11/23/22 – Disney – Untitled Disney Animation

12/16/22 – Disney – Untitled Star Wars

2023

2/17/23 – Disney – Untitled Disney Live Action

12/22/23 – Fox – Avatar 3

2024

12/20/24 – Disney – Untitled Star Wars

2025

12/19/25 – Fox – Avatar 4

2026

12/18/26 – Disney – Untitled Star Wars

2027

12/17/27 – Fox – Avatar 5

 

via Collider

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