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The old adage about the three most important things in real estate – “location, location, location” – is perhaps best applied in these modern times to movie release date schedules. Some studios stake a claim to a date two, three, even five years in advanced, and it’s gotten to be such a game, you don’t even have to announce a specific movie along with the release date anymore. In keeping with that new tradition, Twentieth Century Fox is staking claim to two dates in the not-too-distant future, while quietly giving back one date. Sorry Gambit fans, but it looks like you won’t be seeing the X-Men‘s Ragin’ Cajun this coming October after all.

According to the @BoxOffice Twitter feed, Gambit will not be coming out on October 7 of this year and is currently unscheduled. Meanwhile, Fox has saved the dates for two, new upcoming “Untitled Fox/Marvel Films.”

Gambit’s move should come as no surprise. Principal photography was supposed to start last November, but then director Rupert Wyatt left the project just weeks before filming was supposed to begin. Nothing official has been reported, but Doug Liman was previously mentioned as being close to signing up to direct Channing Tatum in the film, which is now expected to begin shooting next month. It would not be unreasonable to assume that one of the two new release dates is the new home for Gambit, but perhaps the situation is still too “up in the air” to plant the proverbial flag.

Another “missing in action” possibility is Deadpool 2. Fox gave production on a sequel to the Merc with the Mouth days before the movie’s record-breaking release, but they’ve yet to firmly establish a date for it on the release calendar. January 12 seems like a bold move, and to open a major franchise movie just weeks after Star Wars Episode VIII would require something with its own gravitational pull for movie fans that will likely still be experiencing a Star Wars hangover. Deadpool 2 might be the answer, and it’s certainly now a proven property in the eyes of the movie-going public. It’s a definite possiblity that Fox might feel good enough about it that it could steal some of Star Wars thunder a couple of Januarys from now.

In the meantime, X-Men: Apocalypse will be opening in theaters everywhere this coming May

Source: Comic Book Movie

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