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    Disney & others claim '09 & '10 release dates

    Hollywood films' dating game

    Opening weekends being set for '09, '10

    By Dave McNary
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    July 16, 2007

    Summer 2007 is just a little more than half over, but studio chiefs are already anxious about their plans for another season of eye-popping tentpoles.

    We're not talking about next summer; we're talking 2009.

    With demands for ever-more-elaborate special effects, the expectation of bigger and better megapic events and the threat of a crippling strike, studios are being forced to plot out their release strategies even farther into the future.

    Studios are jockeying to stake their claim to the best prospective dates, clashing into each other in some cases. As things stand, Fox's James Cameron-directed 3-D "Avatar," set for May 22, 2009, will go up against DreamWorks "Monsters vs. Aliens," another 3-D pic.

    It doesn't matter that many theaters are not yet equipped to show 3-D. And even though "Narnia 2" hasn't been released, Disney has slated "Narnia 3" for May 1, 2009.
    Disney and Fox have been especially aggressive about claiming key weekends.

    Disney's third "Narnia" opens on May 1, 2009, less than a year after the second one opens. It's signed Michael Apted to direct, with shooting starting in January; Stephen Marcus and Chris McFeely, who wrote the second "Narnia" film, are also writing this project.

    "The first one made $745 million, so it's important for us to keep the train moving quickly because people want to see more," Marcoly explains. Six weeks later, on June 12, Pixar's comedy "Up," about a geriatric detective, will open. And on July 10, it has slated "Prince of Persia."
    Should there be another "Pirates," there is a natural place for it: 2010. Studios are starting to claim dates on that year as well, and as it stands it is beginning to look a lot like … well, 2007. Currently on the docket are "Spider-Man 4" and "Shrek 4," along with a "Harry Potter 7."
    http://www.variety.com/article/VR111...goryid=13&cs=1

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    Re: Disney & others claim '09 & '10 release dates

    Spider-Man 4? Shrek 4?

    Please.

    Shrek has become the same type of laughable property that the first Shrek made fun of. Doesn't DreamWorks see the hypocrisy?

    And Spider-Man should just stop now. Sure, Spider-Man 3 set records and made bank at the box-office, but the film got awful reviews and fans and critics alike had decided they had enough of Peter Parker. We really don't need another Spidey.

    And Pirates 4? Disney needs to stop milking it. Hopefully, this isn't a trend... instead of bad direct-to-video sequels we just keep getting big-budget, over-the-top theatrical sequels? Give it a rest. Personally, I loved Pirates 3, but its time to let Captain Jack sail off into the sunset once and for all - without the camera crew tailing him.

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    Re: Disney & others claim '09 & '10 release dates

    Quote Originally Posted by MasterGracey View Post

    Shrek has become the same type of laughable property that the first Shrek made fun of. Doesn't DreamWorks see the hypocrisy?
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    Re: Disney & others claim '09 & '10 release dates

    Quote Originally Posted by MasterGracey View Post
    Spider-Man 4? Shrek 4?

    Please.

    Shrek has become the same type of laughable property that the first Shrek made fun of. Doesn't DreamWorks see the hypocrisy?
    I've said it before, 'Shrek' is green for a reason. Here is the horrific truth:

    DreamWorks Animation's 'Shrek the Third'
    Crosses $600 Million Global Threshold


    Shrek Franchise Surpasses $2 Billion in Global Box Office

    GLENDALE, Calif., July 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- DreamWorks Animation's "Shrek the Third" continued its stellar box office performance around the globe, with the cumulative worldwide gross now surpassing the $600 million mark.

    The history making U.S. opening of "Shrek the Third" -- the largest domestic debut ever for an animated film -- was duplicated in many key territories around the world, with #1 animated openings of all time in such countries as the U.K. (where it remains at the top of the box office charts for the second week of release), Russia, Korea, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Singapore and others. With an estimated $35 million weekend take from 6,114 locations across 53 territories, the international tally now stands at $324 million -- and combining that with the current U.S. box office total of $316 million propels the lovable green ogre from the studio's most successful film franchise to a cumulative worldwide tally of $640 million.

    With the overwhelming success of the third installment, the Shrek franchise of films have combined to reach over $2 billion in global box office receipts to date making it one of the most successful franchises in movie history.
    http://www.dreamworksanimation.com/d...cms/index.html

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    Re: Disney & others claim '09 & '10 release dates

    seriously , the green ogre needs to retire. it's getting boring . I wasn't thrilled when i saw shrek4 . Spider man needs a rest as well as well as pirates. But Q, why would they make another Narnia ?

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    Re: Disney & others claim '09 & '10 release dates

    SpiderMan 4? When the actors were adveristing the 3 installment they seemed to be quite bored with it. I guess the money talks louder .

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    Re: Disney & others claim '09 & '10 release dates

    Quote Originally Posted by PirateGirlie View Post
    But Q, why would they make another Narnia ?
    Didn't Narnia make a lot of money? The stories by C.S. Lewis are fantastic. They really can't go wrong with that series.

    I'm in agreement with the posters here concerning Spider-Man 4 and Shrek 4. Give it a rest. My family saw Spider-Man 3 and liked it, but it seemed like the magic was gone. We didn't give any of our money to Shrek. But Pirates 4? I will see it. Heck, I would watch Jack Sparrow read the phone book for that matter.

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    Re: Disney & others claim '09 & '10 release dates

    Narnia is actually a 7 book series with "Wardrobe" being book 2. So, they have lots to draw from in terms of making it into a movie "franchise".
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    Re: Disney & others claim '09 & '10 release dates

    It was actually funny how all the Spidy crew was REALLY bored with it. I saw the clips of them talking about it on The Soup and Dunst and that guy were very unenthusiastic.

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    Re: Disney & others claim '09 & '10 release dates

    when ever I fear about this type of thing Al I think about is that seane from "back to the future II" where marty McFly is in the town square area and the The Holomax theater in 2015 is showing "Jaws 19," directed by Max Spielberg, with the tagline "This time it's really, really, really personal!"
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    Re: Disney & others claim '09 & '10 release dates

    Im so over Disney Movies now. When's Transformers 2 coming out!!!!!!!!??????


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    Re: Disney & others claim '09 & '10 release dates

    Quote Originally Posted by tinkermonkey View Post
    Narnia is actually a 7 book series with "Wardrobe" being book 2. So, they have lots to draw from in terms of making it into a movie "franchise".
    There isn't a whole lot of Narnia out there. I remember an old animated movie from the '70s they used to show on rainy days when I was in elementary school (circa 1986). Then there's the BBC version done around or before 1990. That version consisted of Wardrobe, Caspian, and Silver Chair and was live action.

    If they do Spiderman 4 and Kirsten Dunst returns, I hope it doesn't involve anymore singing. Aside from being less cute this time around, the voice she lip syncs to sounded bad.

    Well, time will tell what happenss to the movie franchises of today. Planet of the Apes went on to have 5 movies, the original Star Trek was 6 movies plus Generations with the Next Generation cast, Vacation lasted 4 movies with Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo plus a movie of just Cousin Eddie. Hey, DragonBall Z had 13 movies and they varied in length from 45-80 minutes!

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    Re: Disney & others claim '09 & '10 release dates

    Quote Originally Posted by PirateGirlie View Post
    But Q, why would they make another Narnia ?
    Fairly simple reasoning and motive behind a 2nd & 3rd:
    Disney's third "Narnia" opens on May 1, 2009, less than a year after the second one opens. It's signed Michael Apted to direct, with shooting starting in January; Stephen Marcus and Chris McFeely, who wrote the second "Narnia" film, are also writing this project.

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    Re: Disney & others claim '09 & '10 release dates

    I don't know about anyone else but the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is the only Narnia story that I'm familiar with so I have no particular interest in any of the other films. Am I on my own, or are there any others like me?
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    Re: Disney & others claim '09 & '10 release dates

    Here's an article from www.mania.com
    http://www.mania.com/55395.html

    Future of Films Discussion
    BOND 23,SPIDER-MAN 4 & More Set



    By: Jarrod Sarafin, News Editor
    Source: Variety
    Date: Saturday, July 14, 2007

    Dave McNary over at Variety had a very decent article detailing what the studios have set for the horizon..Namely, 2009 and 2010 releases. I know what you're thinking...Isn't it kind of early to even think about those movies? I would agree with you but most studios are now in the mindset to prepare 3-4 years down the road especially in terms of some of their big name franchises.
    Some studios are not afraid to list sequels to sequels that haven't even come out yet. MGM has BOND 23 set for a 2010 release when BOND 22 won't hit theaters till November 2008. Disney has the 3rd NARNIA movie planned for a May 1st, 2009 date even before the sequel hits the market.
    Other studios are playing it more tight to the vest. While New Line has a writer already attached to the sequel of THE GOLDEN COMPASS (based off the HIS DARK MATERIAL trilogy), they refuse to announce any plans for the sequel until they see what Compass does this December.
    In point of fact, the 2009 high octane season for the studios is already filling up to the congestion rate as 2007 has been and 2008 is shaping up to be.
    2009 Summer Scheduled:
    Disney's NARNIA 3 (May 1, 2009)
    James Cameron's 3-D AVATAR (Memorial Day 2009)
    Dreamwork's 3-D MONSTERS VS ALIENS (Memorial Day 2009)
    Disney's PRINCE OF PERSIA (July 10, 2009)
    Pixar's UP (June 12, 2009)
    Fox has ICE AGE 3 (July 1, 2009)
    Warner Bros's SUPERMAN: MAN OF STEEL (Summer 2009)
    Sony's GREEN HORNET
    Warner Bros has WATCHMEN & JUSTICE LEAGUE
    Universal has NOTTINGHAM
    (These are just a few movies currently set for 2009 releases.)

    2010 Summer Scheduled:
    Sony has SPIDER-MAN 4
    Warner Bros has HARRY POTTER & THE DEATHLY HALLOWS
    Dreamworks has SHREK 4
    (These are summer movies that those studios have planned so far.)

    Hah. Let's not forget about the Summer 2008 Schedule. Much like 2007 has been, this is a summer of deep release congestion.
    2008 Summer Scheduled:
    May:
    IRON MAN (May 2, 2008)
    MADE OF HONOR (May 2, 2008)
    THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (May 9, 2008)
    SPEED RACER (May 9, 2008)
    THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN (May 16, 2008)
    INDIANA JONES IV (May 22, 2008)
    FORGETTING SARAH MITCHELL (May 30, 2008)
    STARSHIP DAVE (May 30, 2008)
    (Note: Can May be even busier, Hollywood?)
    June:
    KUNG FU PANDA (June 6, 2008)
    NIGHTS IN RODANTHE (June 6, 2008)
    THE HAPPENING (June 13, 2008)
    THE INCREDIBLE HULK (June 13, 2008)
    (Note: I bet that changes, Maniacs. M. Night's first Rated R feature going against the HULK?)
    GET SMART (June 20, 2008)
    THE LOVE GURU (June 20, 2008)
    Pixar's WALL-E (June 27, 2008)
    WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS (June 27, 2008)
    July:
    JOHN HANCOCK (July 2, 2008)
    KIT KITREDGE: AN AMERICAN GIRL MYSTERY (July 2, 2008)
    THE MUMMY: CURSE OF THE DRAGON (July 11, 2008)
    TROPIC THUNDER (July 11, 2008)
    THE DARK KNIGHT (July 18, 2008)
    MAMMA MIA! (July 18, 2008)
    STEP BROTHERS (July 25, 2008)
    August:
    HELLBOY 2: THE GOLDEN ARMY (August 1, 2008)
    SOUTH OF THE BORDER (August 1, 2008)
    JOURNEY 3-D (August 8, 2008)
    THE PINEAPPLE EXPRESS (August 8, 2008)
    SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS (August 8, 2008)
    (Note: These are just the "current" summer release schedules. Keep in mind more will be added. I know Fox wants WOLVERINE out by the Summer 2008 season. Let's skip to the fall/christmas season.)

    November:
    JAMES BOND 22 (November 7, 2008)
    MADAGASCAR 2 (November 7, 2008)
    (Note: Once again, I bet that changes. Why would they want to compete?)
    THE WOLFMAN (November 14, 2008)
    HARRY POTTER & THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE (November 21, 2008)
    BOLT (November 26, 2008)
    THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON (November 26, 2008)

    December:
    ANGELS & DEMONS (December 19, 2008)
    REVOLUTIONARY ROAD (December 19, 2008)
    THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX (December 19, 2008)
    BEDTIME STORIES (December 25, 2008)
    STAR TREK XI (December 25, 2008)

    This is the future of Hollywood Cinema, Maniacs. Feel free to discuss what's on your minds in terms of the future set so far. Never forget that these are "known" movies and dates attached. There could still be future projects like more SAW films, Rodriguez's JETSONS or BARBARELLA or SIN CITY 2, more IRON MAN films, more BATMAN films, etc etc appearing on these years in the near future. 2009-2010 could also be getting TRANSFORMERS 2, DIE HARD 5 & FANTASTIC FOUR 3 depending on those studios. In fact, I'm surprised IRON MAN 2, another HULK movie and BATMAN 3 aren't already set for 2010 as of right now.


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