Disney moves release dates for FRANKENWEENIE and JOHN CARTER OF MARS

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
January 19th, 2011

So while Chris Nolan, WB, and their team behind THE DARK KNIGHT RISES stole every headline around with the recent announcement of Tom Hardy as Bane and Anne Hathaway as Catwoman in the upcoming film, Disney has gone under the radar, and shifted its 2012 slate quite dramatically.

Andrew Stanton’s live-action debut, JOHN CARTER OF MARS has been moved up from June 8, 2012 to a March 9, 2012 release, where the film will go head to head with Ridley Scott’s upcoming sci-fi film, PROMETHEUS. Yeah, that is what I call some huge cajones on the part of the house of the mouse. The film stars Taylor Kitsch, Samantha Morton, Dominic West, Polly Walker, Willem Dafoe, Lynn Collins, Bryan Cranston, Ciaran Hinds, James Purefoy, Thomas Haden Church, Mark Strong, and Daryl Sabara, and will mark the second venture into live action for a Pixar filmmaker, after Brad Bird hits theaters with his take on MISSION IMPOSSIBLE. The film sounds great, and with the balls to go up against one of the genre’s most anticipated projects, there is a lot to love here.

Also, Tim Burton’s next film, his feature adaptation of his short, FRANKENWEENIE, will be hitting theaters on October 5, 2012, moving from its previous March 9 release slot. This one I’m not so excited for, and the conversation begins and ends with one Mr. Tim Burton. If it were any other director, I’d check it out. However, not so much.

What do you think?

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