Hugh Jackman's 'Greatest Showman on Earth' Pushed a Year to Christmas 2017

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As part of the shuffling, Fox relocates Tim Burton's 'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children' to Christmas 2016, while pulling DreamWorks Animation's 'Captain Underpants' from the schedule.

Fox has made several key changes to its release calendar, including pushing back musical biopic The Greatest Showman on Earth, starring Hugh Jackman as circus impresario P.T. Barnum, from Dec. 25, 2016 to Dec. 25, 2017.

Instead, director Tim Burton's Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children will open on Christmas Day in 2016. The film, based on Ransom Riggs' debut novel, had been scheduled to launch March 4, 2016. It makes sense for Fox to shift Peculiar Children, since Disney opens Burton's sequel, Alice Through the Looking Glass, on May 27, 2016.

It's likely that Greatest Showman on Earth, directed by Michael Gracey, is being relocated in order to accommodate the next outing in Fox's Wolverine franchise, dated for March 3, 2017 and directed by James Mangold. Both movies are in preproduction.

Fox also dated three new films, including Bryan Cranston and James Franco comedy Why Him?, which will hit theaters Nov. 11, 2016. Set over the holidays, Cranston stars as a Midwestern dad who travels with his family to visit his college-aged daughter, only to find himself in a battle for her affections with her brash new tech billionaire boyfriend.

Supernatural horror film The Other Side of the Door, directed by Johannes Roberts, will open in cinemas Feb. 26, 2016.

On Jan. 13, 2017 Fox will unfurl Hidden Figures, directed by Ted Melfi. From Fox 2000 and produced by Levantine Films and Chernin Entertainment, the period space-race drama is inspired by the real-life tale of a group of African-American female mathematicians — Dorothy Vaughn, Mary Jackson and Katherine Johnson — who helped put astronaut John Glenn into orbit. 

Friday's shuffling also involved two titles from Jeffrey Katzenberg's DreamWorks Animation. Boss Baby had been scheduled to open Jan. 13, 2017, but now moves to March 10, 2017, a date previously belonging to DWA's Captain Underpants. Fox and DWA haven't announced a new date for Captain Underpants.

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