Ryan Reynolds was so determined that Free Guy hit theaters this year that he even released a trailer poking fun at the fact that almost every other major title had been yanked from the schedule, only for Disney to then pull the former Fox project themselves. Given that the video game inspired blockbuster clearly came armed with a massive budget, it was hardly surprising that the Mouse House ended up delaying it indefinitely to a time where a high concept and action-packed family film could maximize its box office potential.
Death on the Nile was also quietly shelved indefinitely, which was wasn’t a shock, either, when Kenneth Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express was one of the biggest sleeper hits of 2017 that raked in over $350 million globally. That leaves Wonder Woman 1984 and Monster Hunter as the only high profile titles left in December, and there’s just one marquee release scheduled for this month and it also coincidentally happens to star Ryan Reynolds.
The Croods: A New Age arrives in a couple of weeks on November 25th, unless of course DreamWorks get cold feet on dropping a movie that they’d once canceled altogether into a marketplace that hasn’t made any money for eight months. And if that’s the case, then we could be getting no Ryan Reynolds films at all this year.
After all, based on recent events, there’s every chance that The Croods sequel and Wonder Woman 1984 could yet be delayed into 2021, although Monster Hunter at least appears to be adamant to arrive before the end of the year having just debuted a new poster to drum up hype for the Chinese release. Whether it’ll make much money at the box office, though, is another question entirely.