2020 will kick off for Disney/Fox with this thriller starring Kristen Stewart, Vincent Cassel, and T.J. Miller as a crew of underwater researchers who battle to stay alive when an earthquake damages the subterranean laboratory they are in.
With a January release — the typical dumping ground for movies studios aren't that excited about — there's instant fear it could get pulled, but hopefully that's not the case for this one.
"The King's Man" (February 14, 2020)
After two movies, this successful franchise is now doing a prequel with director Matthew Vaughn once again taking the helm.
Both "Kingsman: The Secret Service" in 2015 and "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" in 2017 were strong earners for Fox with both bringing in over $400 million worldwide. So Disney will expect another hit.
"The Call of the Wild" (February 21, 2020)
Three movies into 2020 and no Disney release yet (the first from the Mouse House will be Pixar's "Onward" opening March 6). This Fox release will be the latest adaptation of the classic 1903 Jack London novel about a dog named Buck who is sold and ends up as a sled dog in Alaska.
This version will be done through CGI animation and will star Harrison Ford, Dan Stevens, Bradley Whitford, and Karen Gillan.
This was originally slated for a late December 2019 opening, but instead Disney is using that slot by going with the Fox animated release, "Spies in Disguise."
"The New Mutants" (April 3, 2020)
This installment of the X-Men franchise has been sitting on the shelf for some time.
Its original release was April 2018. Since then, it's had two more release changes and after Disney bought Fox there were rumors that the title would be put on Disney Plus. However, Disney has continued to say the movie will have a theatrical release. But with the poor performance of "Dark Phoenix," it's anyone's guess if we will finally see the movie two years after its original release date.
With Disney releasing "Black Widow" in May and the Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson/Emily Blunt-starrer "Jungle Cruise" on July 24, the July 3 placement of this Fox action-comedy is an indication the studio is excited.
Starring Ryan Reynolds, Taika Waititi, Channing Tatum, and "Stranger Things" star Joe Kreery, the story revolves around Reynolds playing a bank teller who suddenly realizes he's a background character in an open world video game. "Stranger Things" producer/director Shawn Levy is directing.
"Bob's Burgers" (July 17, 2020)
In the works since being announced in 2017, the movie version of the popular Fox animated TV series will be a musical comedy.
This one feels like better fit for Disney Plus, but as of now it's going to theaters.
"Death on the Nile" (October 9, 2020)
Heading into the fall we will get Kenneth Branagh's latest directing effort, which is an adaptation of an Agatha Christie novel.
Branagh plays detective Hercule Poirot, who while on vacation, finds himself investigating the murder of a young heiress. Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Annette Bening, and Letitia Wright also star.
"Ron's Gone Wrong" (November 6, 2020)
This is the first animated movie from UK-based Locksmith Animation, which signed a coproduction deal with Fox in 2017.
The story is set in a world where digital bots have become best friends of children. However, we follow an 11-year-old boy whose bot doesn't exactly work properly.
On the outside, you have to wonder if Disney needs to put this in theaters, especially with a yet to be announced release from Walt Disney Animation slated to come out weeks later on November 25.
"West Side Story" (December 18, 2020)
With not a "Star Wars" title in sight, Disney is banking on a Fox title (and its Emma Stone-starrer "Cruella" a week later) to bring in the holiday season box office coin.
The latest adaptation of the famous Broadway musical has Steven Spielberg directing and Ansel Elgort and newcomer Rachel Zegler as the stars.
Before Disney hits us with "Doctor Strange," "Thor," and "Indiana Jones" movies in 2021, on the slate is this animated movie based on a 2012 web comic turned graphic novel.
Fox has had the property since 2015. It was originally to be released in February 2020, but Disney has moved it to its current release date. But with a yet-to-be-announced Disney live action movie slated for a week later, it becomes a question if this is better suited for Disney Plus.
"Avatar 2" (December 17, 2021)
Disney will close out 2021 with the property that was probably a big reason why it bought Fox in the first place: the sequel to "Avatar" will finally be upon us.
And it doesn't end there.
"Avatar 3" (December 22, 2023)
Two years later, we go back to Na'vi, or who knows, it might be another place by then.
"Avatar 4" (December 19, 2025)
Now we are looking so far ahead that the only titles on the slate are James Cameron's epic franchise and untitled "Star Wars" movies that will be released the years "Avatar" movies are not.
"Avatar 5" (December 17, 2027)
I have no clue what the world will be like in 2027, but there will be an "Avatar" movie playing — somewhere.