‘Alien: Covenant’ Locks In New Release Date: May 19

By November 24, 2016
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The world got some pre-Thanksgiving positive news from Twentieth Century Fox.

alienposter-inset112416Not only is there now a new poster for Alien: Covenant, but the studio has pushed the release date up from Aug. 4 to May 19. That means with just one announcement, Ridley Scott has changed the entire summer movie landscape next year.

It’s possible Fox has been eyeing that slot for at least a few months since Paramount Pictures announced it was pulling a sequel to last year’s Terminator: Genisys off the schedule. Paramount had locked May 19 even before the Arnold Schwarzenegger-starring film was released in Summer 2015, but Genisys didn’t attract North American moviegoers, pulling in just $89.8 million.

Schwarzenegger himself says he’s still confident he (if not his co-star, Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke) will be back for at least one more outing. But when that will premiere, no one knows.

Instead, Fox’s new competition for that weekend is Paramount’s planned Baywatch reboot starring Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron and Priyanka Chopra.

Dark Horizons broke the news late Wednesday after Fox tweeted the poster that featured a glimpse of the slightly redesigned alien creature, and one word: “Run.” Designed to take place between Scott’s 2012 film Prometheus and the director’s original 1979 AlienCovenant stars Michael Fassbender, Billy Crudup, Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride and Noomi Rapace.

the dark tower featured imageCovenant‘s departure from Aug. 4 now opens that weekend up a bit. No other major releases were planned for that weekend, but it was coming just a week after the planned release of Stephen King’s long awaited The Dark Tower and two weeks after the new Dane DeHaan film, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

Dark Tower just recently took over that late July date after Columbia Pictures pushed the film back from February.

Depending on what studios might use to fill the gap created by Covenant, that could open the door a little for at least one non-Baywatch television show reboot, Dax Shepard’s take on CHiPs.

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Michael Hinman

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Michael began what has become nearly 19 years of entertainment reporting as the founder of SyFy Portal, which would become Airlock Alpha after he sold the SyFy brand to NBC Universal. He's based out of New York City where he is the editor of a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper in the Bronx.