February 9, 2018 had long been the slot in which 20th Century Fox were going to showcase a new and improved blockbuster The Predator. With Shane Black taking the reigns behind the scenes and with a cast that boasts the likes of Boyd Holbrook, Sterling K. Brown, Keegan-Michael Key and Olivia Munn, the reboot was only 10 months from airing in cinemas US wide.
Now the studio has made some serious alterations to their calendar and as such, The Predator has been caught in the crossfire. August 3, 2018 will be the official premiere date for the extravaganza as the franchise looks to go again in the summer as opposed to the winter. The delay in any production usually raises a red flag, but in this case the science-fiction horror installment has been given open space against its competitors.
No Panther v Predator Box Office Battle
Forecasting ahead of time, Fox have taken the wise decision to push the movie back. Should it have stayed in the original timeframe of February 9, it would have encountered the likes of Pacific Rim: Uprising, Fifty Shades Freed, an untitled Warner Brothers animation flick as well as the MCU spinoff Black Panther.
The latter is so hotly anticipated that Marvel comic book creator Stan Lee has identified it as his number one must see for the franchise, quite the statement given the likes of Avengers: Infinity War, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Deadpool 2 are yet to hit the big screen. The good news for action fans is that they can have free air when it comes to their selection in 2018, with Fox spreading out the love courtesy of New Mutants on April 13, Deadpool 2 on June 1 and Dark Phoenix to debut on November 2, 2018, wedging The Predator in between the latter two.
Predator Looks To Own August In 2018 At The Theaters
Black and Fox will not have everything their own way in this period, as all of the heavyweight studio's look to have moneymakers for 12 months of the year. Step Brothers pair Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly are reuniting for a remake of their own in the form of Holmes and Watson. All while Disney will look to use August of next year for another project, mooted to be a live-action version of Dumbo.
Fans of the series are looking forward to an updated Predator title that recaptures some of the magic from the 1987 original. Potentially set somewhere in American suburbia, Black's adaptation is sure to make for great viewing. We just have to wait that little bit longer.