'New Mutants' and 'X-Men: Dark Phoenix' delayed to 2019

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New Mutants is said to be more of a horror film than a superhero tale about the next generation of X-Men.

As for New Mutants, it too has moved, from February 2019 to August (after originally being scheduled for April of this year).

Here's a synopsis: Picking up ten years after X-Men: Apocalypse, X-Men: Dark Phoenix finds the X-Men in a place they've never been before: National heroes!

It's still unclear as to why the studio has chosen to delay the fourth film in its hugely popular and rebooted X-Men-verse, but it's more than likely an attempt to get the main franchise instalment right. But now we learn of a further six month delay for the movie.

The New Mutants had already been delayed into 2019, having originally been scheduled to come out in 2.5 weeks from now. In keeping with the tradition of many blockbusters, the film recently had a test screening to see what was and wasn't working story-wise and will undergo additional photography and reshoots to help strengthen the plot.

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New Mutants is a different matter, however. At February 14, 2019, Dark Phoenix will now open in competition with Paramount's Instant Family starring Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne.

Collider reports that at least 50% of "New Mutants" needs to be reshot. The original version of the film was directed by Josh Boone. While this new release date still falls within the awards season window, it shows a lack of confidence in the movie's ability to compete during the holidays. There is a lot of speculation that this is because of Disney buying Fox, and maybe the films are being changed to fit better in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but I just don't buy it. Fox has now dated it for August 2 2019 in the US.

Fox also announced that medieval adventure The Kid Who Would Be King will release on March 1, 2019 instead of Don Winslow's adaptation of The Force which has been delayed.

Since then there have been reports that a new character was being added.