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'The Predator,' 'Alien: Covenant' receive official release dates

By Wade Sheridan   |   Feb. 29, 2016 at 9:16 AM
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LOS ANGELES, Feb. 29 (UPI) -- 20th Century Fox has announced the official release dates for their upcoming sci-fi franchise films, The Predator and Alien: Covenant.

The studios upcoming revival of the Predator series set to be directed by Iron Man 3 helmer Shane Black, is set to open in theaters Mar. 2, 2018, it was announced Sunday.

The film's title and first teaser image featuring a lone Predator have lead many fans to speculate that only one will be present in the actioner as opposed to the trio of technologically advanced hunters that appeared in 2010's Predators.

Meanwhile Ridley Scott's next entry in the Alien series, which acts as a sequel to 2012's Alien prequel film Prometheus, is now set to hit the silver-screen on Aug. 4, 2017. "Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in Alien with Alien: Covenant, the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with Prometheus — and connects directly to Scott's 1979 seminal work of science fiction," reads Covenant's official synopsis.

"Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the "synthetic" David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition."

Other release date shakeups at Fox include their Channing Tatum led X-Men spinoff Gambit, being pushed out from its original Oct. 6, 2016 slot. Two unidentified Marvel movies set for Oct. 6, 2017 and Jan. 12, 2018 were announced, possibly hinting at Gambit's new release date.

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