Battle Angel was going to be released on July 20, 2018 but has now been pushed back to December 21, 2018. The adaptation will be doing box office battle with the Holmes & Watson comedy starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, Transformers spinoff Bumblebee: The Movie, and this year's sexy fish-dude movie, Aquaman.
Meanwhile, Exhibitor Relations reveals Shane Black's new Predator film moves back six weeks from August 3 to September 14. They've set the Murder on the Orient Express sequel, Death on the Nile, for November 8, 2019, which will give the film the same release frame as the original. Whether or not this is a death sentence for Alita: Battle Angel is a matter of opinion (opinion: this is probably a death sentence for Alita: Battle Angel), but even if you think Rodriguez has a blockbuster on his hands - that's some serious competition.
James Cameron is on board as producer, with the movie based on the Manga by Yukito Kishiro, with the screenplay by Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis and Robert Rodriguez.
Set several centuries in the future, the abandoned Alita (Rosa Salazar) is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate cyber-doctor who takes the unconscious cyborg Alita to his clinic.
The film stars Boyd Holbrook, Olivia Munn, Trevante Rhodes, Keegan-Michael Key, Sterling K. Brown, Jacob Tremblay, Yvonne Strahovski, Alife Allen, and Thomas Jane.
Fox is also looking ahead past 2018. It's worth noting that we still haven't seen a trailer for The Predator yet, either, and neither is it the first delay the movie's experienced - Black's reboot was once scheduled for release this March.
The Predator now has a 3.56 out of 5 ComicBook, com User Anticipation Rating, making it the eleventh most anticipated upcoming movie not based on a comic book among ComicBook.com Users.