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New ‘Deadpool’ Movie Gets December Release at Fox

Studio pushes ”Dark Phoenix“ and ”Gambit“ to later dates

Fox officially announced the release date for a new untitled “Deadpool” film.

The irreverent, R-rated superhero has provided two hits for the studio, with “Deadpool 2” pulling in a worldwide gross of $734.2 million earlier this year. The film, which doesn’t yet have a title, will be released later this year on Dec. 21.

It’s unclear whether this “Deadpool” film is a continuation in the core story or not.

“Deadpool” star Ryan Reynolds on Friday tweeted an image referencing “The Princess Bride,” just before the release date was announced.

Fox also pushed “Gambit,” which will star Channing Tatum, to March 2020 from June 2019, replacing an untitled Fox Marvel title currently that was on that date. “Gambit,” which has had a stop-and-start process, is still in development.

In January, “Gambit” director Gore Verbinski (“A Cure for Wellness,” “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”) left the project.

It was a shock also that “Dark Phoenix,” which earlier in the week got a trailer and a Feb. 14, 2019 release date announcement was pushed back to June 7, 2019. The hope is that the move will better align the film with global audiences, and position it to have better success in China.

The studio also pushed James Cameron’s cyberpunk action adventure “Alita: Battle Angel” a couple months to Feb. 14, 2019 from its previous date of Dec. 21, 2018. That film, directed by Robert Rodriguez (“Spy Kids”), is based on Yukito Kishiro’s manga, with an “Avatar”-like mix of CG and human characters whose trailer suggests a definite uncanny-valley vibe. The $200 million film was written and produced by Cameron.