While we wait on official word on when Disney will complete its acquisition of 21st Century Fox, the movie studio 20th Century Fox is continuing to schedule dates. What remains a mystery is whether Disney has any input into these decisions yet. Included in the latest changes are new release dates for Death on the Nile, Ad Astra, and Stuber.
The Kenneth Branagh-directed Death on the Nile, his follow-up to Agatha Christie adaptation Murder on the Orient Express, has been pushed back from December 20, 2019 to October 2, 2020. The only other film scheduled for that date is Universal’s Bios, starring Tom Hanks.
The Death on the Nile cast includes Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Armie Hammer, while Jodie Comer (Killing Eve) is also expected to join, and Tom Bateman will again play Bouc.
In the book, detective Hercule Poirot embarks on a journey to Egypt in one of Agatha Christie’s most famous mysteries. The tranquility of a cruise along the Nile was shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway (Gadot) had been shot through the head. She was young, stylish, and beautiful. A girl who had everything… until she lost her life.
Disney just released the Aladdin trailer, but that is not stopping 20th Century Fox from moving James Gray’s sci-fi film Ad Astra, starring Brad Pitt, from January 11, 2019 to Aladdin‘s date of May 24, 2019. That is also the date the James Gunn-produced horror movie BrightBurn and the Minecraft movie will open. Ad Astra also stars Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Donald Sutherland, Jamie Kennedy and John Finn.
Ad Astra stars Pitt as an autistic space engineer Roy McBride. Twenty years after his father left on a one-way mission to Neptune in order to find signs of extra-terrestrial intelligence, McBride travels through the solar system to find him and understand why his mission failed.
Fox had the Dave Bautista-starrer Stuber scheduled for May 24, 2019, but the studio will now open the movie on July 12, 2019. The other film set for that date is 17 Bridges, starring Chadwick Boseman. Michael Dowse is directing the action-comedy Stuber.