Sunday, July 31, 2011

Release Date Updates for Next Year's Blockbusters

G.I. JOE: RETALIATION, formerly known as "Cobra Strikes", the sequel to the 2009 action blockbuster based on the G.I. Joy toy franchise, is set to open on June 29, 2012, a date which was initially prepared for another one of Paramount Picture's big projects, "Star Trek 2". But, since that movie is still in pre-production (script still being written), it was time to make room for a movie that can actually make the summer deadline. It is unknown at this time whether or not "Star Trek 2" will be released in 2012, or 2013. We'll have to wait and see. "G.I. Joe: Retaliation"  stars Channing Tatum, Dwayne Johnson, Ray Stevenson, Adrianne Palicki, Jonathan Pryce, Arnold Vosloo and RZA, and is directed by Jon M. Chu ("Justin Bieber: Never Say Never", "Step Up 3D").

MAN OF STEEL, Zack Snyder's reboot of the Superman franchise has been removed from its December 2012 release date and scheduled for June 13, 2013. This move allows the movie a little more breathing room, since 2012 is pretty much packed with all kinds of major releases. The super-hero epic stars Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as Clark's adoptive parents, Michael Shannon as General Zod, Julia Ormond and Russel Crowe as Jor-El. With a dream cast like this, what could possibly go wrong ? Well, with a budget of $175M, let's hope not a lot.

ONE SHOT and MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - GHOST PROTOCOL, two Tom Cruise starrers have also received release date updates. The military thriller "One Shot" has received its first one, February 8, 2011, while "M:I 4" has changed its original December 16 date to December 21, 2011, which means it will open opposite of David Fincher's remake of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo". As for "One Shot", its February release date puts it at safe distance from any other big projects from rival studios. Both movies are produced by Paramount Pictures. "One Shot" is written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, who co-wrote both "M:I 4" and another Tom Cruise vehicle, "Valkyrie", while the fourth "Mission: Impossible" sequel is directed by Brad Bird who is responsible for some of Pixar's biggest hits, like "Ratatouille" and "The Incredibles".


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