Fox moves ‘Deadpool 2’ release date two weeks earlier

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"Deadpool 2" will arrive on May 18. (Facebook/DeadpoolMovie)

Fans are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the comedy superhero film “Deadpool 2” can now slash two weeks off their waiting time, as 20th Century Fox has shuffled the release dates of some of its movies, moving the anticipated sequel film’s release from June 1 to May 18.

Aside from “Deadpool 2,” a couple of superhero movies have also been rescheduled. The new superhero team movie “The New Mutants” is being pushed back by almost a year. The horror-tinged movie was originally set to arrive on April 13, but it has now been moved to Feb. 22, 2019.

The reasoning behind the movement is to make sure that “Deadpool 2” and “The New Mutants” will not have overlapping runs in global markets.

Additionally, the long-delayed production of “Gambit” has been pushed back once again. Instead of the intended Feb. 14, 2019 release, it is now set to arrive on June 7 of the same year.

This new delay comes along with the news that the project has lost its director. Gore Verbinski, the director of “A Cure for Wellness,” has left the project on Thursday due to conflicts with scheduling.

The schedule movements come less than a month after Disney signed a deal to acquire the entertainment assets of Fox, which includes the movie studio.

With the new release dates, “Deadpool 2” is now set to be released shortly before Disney and Lucasfilm’s hotly anticipated Star Wars anthology film, “Solo.” The movie, which is set to arrive on May 25, could potentially affect “Deadpool 2’s” performance in the box office, as it will be released on the superhero movie’s second weekend.

Ryan Reynolds, who stars as Deadpool, is also a producer for his film. Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who wrote the first film, are returning, while “John Wick” co-director David Leitch will be at the helm of the film. Tim Miller, who directed “Deadpool” left the sequel, citing creative differences with Reynolds.