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‘The Predator’ and ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ get new releases dates as Fox shakes up their schedule

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20th Century Fox is shaking up their release schedule once again as the studio has set new release dates for several of their upcoming films including Shane Black’s highly anticipated The Predator and Robert Rodriguez’s Alita: Battle Angel, the latter being the most significant change, making the jump from the summer movie season to the holiday movie season.

Indeed, the long-in-development Alita: Battle Angel, a live-action adaptation of Yukito Kisihiro’s acclaimed manga starring Rosa Salazar, was originally slated to hit theaters on July 20, but the studio has pushed it back to December 21, pinning it against some serious competition including James Wan’s Aquaman and Travis Knight’s Transformers spinoff Bumblebee.

Meanwhile, The Predator, which was originally expected to open on August 3, has moved to September 14, a risky yet incredibly smart move on the studio’s behalf. Typically, September is a pretty dreadful month for the box office, but Warner Bros. was able to turn that around with the release of It last year, scaring up more than $700 million worldwide. Perhaps Fox is hopeful that Black’s reboot can perform just as well?

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In addition to the two release date changes, Fox also added two new titles to the release calendar, including the inevitable Murder on the Orient Express sequel Death on the Nile, which is set to be released on November 8, 2019. The original opened during that same weekend last year and performed exceptionally well, earning $349 million worldwide on a $55 million production budget. Kenneth Branagh will return to the director’s chair and reprise his role as the mustachioed detective Hercule Poirot.

Last but not least, the animated Blue Sky Studios project Foster has been dated for March 5, 2021. Little is known about the film at this point, but Variety revealed yesterday that the studio has hired Oscar-winning La La Land songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul to write music for the upcoming adventure film, which centers on a young super fan who isn’t satisfied with the ending to a series of fantasy books.

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Check out the official poster for Spike Lee’s critically acclaimed ‘BlacKkKlansman’

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After debuting to rave reviews at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this week, Focus Features has unveiled the first official poster for Spike Lee’s true crime-thriller BlacKkKlansman starring John David Washington and Adam Driver as two detectives who infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan in attempt to take down the extremist hate group.

Indeed, the film is based on Ron Stallworth’s riveting memoir of the same name and tells the true story of how Stallworth, the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department, and his partner, Flip Zimmerman, penetrated the KKK at its highest levels to foil their plans to take over the city.

Lee directed his latest joint from a script he co-wrote with Charlie Wachtel, Davin Rabinowitz, and Kevin Willmont. Jordan Peele, who picked up the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for his feature debut Get Out at the Oscars earlier this year, produced the film under his Monkeypaw Productions banner, alongside Blumhouse and QC Entertainment.

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The ending of BlacKkKlansman features a documentary-style montage of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. that left one counter-protester named Heather Heyer dead after a man plowed his car into a group of people. “It’s an ugly, ugly, ugly blemish on the United States of America,” Lee said at a press conference on Tuesday. “Heather should be alive now. It’s a murderous act.”

Focus Features will release BlacKkKlansman on August 10, which marks the one-year anniversary of the conflict in Charlottesville. You can check out the newly released one-sheet for the film below and, if you missed the trailer premiere earlier this week, you can watch it by clicking here.

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Rami Malek is Freddie Mercury in the triumphant first trailer for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

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20th Century Fox dropped the long-awaited first trailer for the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody this morning, which finds a glammed up, mustachioed Rami Malek taking on the role of the legendary Queen frontman. However, aside from Malek’s performance, and as much as I think we all want this movie to be great, this first trailer is certainly a bit worrisome.

Described as a “foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music, and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved enters on the planet,” the film chronicles the rise of the iconic rock band through their revolutionary sound, their near-implosion as Mercury’s lifestyle spirals out of control, and their triumphant reunion on the eve of Live Aid at Wembley Stadium in 1985.

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Now, to be fair, this teaser is only a minute and 30 seconds long, so perhaps I should reserve my judgment for the full-length trailer, but there just seems to be something a bit off about this movie and I can’t seem to put my finger on what exactly it is. It’s almost as if this feels teaser makes Bohemian Rhapsody feel more like a cheap, made-for-TV movie than anything else. That being said, I’ll remain cautiously optimistic for this one, and ultimately hope for the best that the final product turns out well.

Bohemian Rhapsody is written by Anthony McCarten and was directed by both Bryan Singer and Dexter Fletcher (the former was fired for being unexpectedly absent from the set on multiple occasions and forced the production to screeching halt in December) and also stars Ben Hardy, Gwilym Lee, Joseph Mazzello, Allen Leech, and Lucy Boynton. The film will hit theaters on November 2.

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‘Halloween’ sequel undergoing reshoots to ‘tweak’ the film’s ending following test screening

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With just five very long more months to go until Blumhouse’s long-awaited sequel to Halloween opens in theaters, a new report from Bloody Disgusting suggests that the David Gordon Green-directed film is headed back to Haddonfield for some brief reshoots that will “tweak the finale” of the movie.

Before you go into panic mode, though, we should point out that there is absolutely no need to panic. Most, if not all, movies end up shooting some additional scenes after principal photography has already wrapped for a variety of different reasons. In the case of Halloween, sources close to the production of the film tell Bloody Disgusting that the results from a recent test screening are what prompted the filmmakers to want to make some changes to the ending of the movie.

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The latest installment in the Halloween franchise is a direct sequel to John Carpenter’s 1978 horror classic and follows Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) as she comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked murderer who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night 40 years ago. Green is directing the film from a script he co-wrote with Danny McBride.

Halloween, which Carpenter is executive producing and composing a score for, also stars Judy Greer, Will Patton, Nick Castle, Andi Matichak, Omar J. Dorsey, Virginia Gardner, Dylan Arnold, Drew Scheid, and Miles Robbins, and will hit theaters on October 19. We’ll keep you posted on any further developments that come across our desk.

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