‘Alien: Covenant’ and ‘The Predator’ Get Release Dates

Ridley Scott’s Prometheus sequel, Alien: Covenant, and Shane Black’s The Predator now have official release dates. One makes sense, another is a little odd.

The Predator will be released March 2, 2018. That’s a somewhat solid date for a fourth film in a franchise that’s been absent for a while. It will presumably be the week after the Oscars, which is a pretty solid place on the calendar as Hollywood pushes forward and gets their heavy hitters going for the year.

Meanwhile, Alien: Covenant has been moved from its initial October 2017 release date back to August 4, 2017. Yes, this is a summer release date technically. But most of the time, the big tentpole summer blockbusters are beginning to thin out when the calendar moves to the dog days. October is much better, at least if feels that way to me. Maybe this is reading too much into release dates (it is), but release dates can say quite a bit about studio confidence.


Alien: Covenant has collected a diverse and intriguing cast, including Inherent Vice’s Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, Billy Crudup, Demián Bichir, and Carmen Ejogo joining Michael Fassbender, the only returning star from Prometheus.

Larry Taylor - Managing Editor
Larry Taylor - Managing Editor
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