Alita: Battle Angel Moves To Summer; The Predator Stalks A Fall Release

by Erik Amaya

20th Century Fox is shifting a number of upcoming films around its schedule, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The most interesting change being Alita: Battle Angel‘s new Christmas release date.

Originally scheduled to open in July, the film will now debut on December 21st to compete with Aquaman. The move seems to be a show of strength or, perhaps, the production needs more time to animate the title characters unsettlingly massive eyes. Based on the manga by Yukito Kishiro, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials’ Rosa Salazar stars as a female cyborg discovered in a junkyard by a seemingly kindly scientist played by Christoph Waltz. Lacking memories of her previous life except for deadly martial arts training, she becomes a bounty hunter sometime in the 26th Century.

Shane Black’s long-awaited The Predator will have to wait just a little longer as it shifts from August 3rd to September 14th. It seems the alien hunter is getting out of the way of August competition like The Equalizer 2 and a Kate McKinnon comedy. Or, perhaps, it also needs a little extra time for Black to perfect his dialogue.

If nothing else, the scheduling changes will remind you that Fox is still a film producing entity even as its future as a Disney or Comcast brand is currently in doubt.

Erik Amaya

Host of Tread Perilously and a Film/TV Writer at Comicon.com and Rotten Tomatoes. A former staff writer at CBR and Bleeding Cool, and a contributing writer at Fanbase Press and Monkeys Fighting Robots. Voice of Puppet Tommy on The Room Responds. A seeker of the Seastone Chair and the owner of a Legion Flight Ring. Sorted into Gryffindor, which came as some surprise.

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