Disney Announces 2009 Release Schedule

Disney

Last week Paramount and Fox announced major post-writers strike schedule shuffles. I speculated that because of ‘the rule of threes’, that one more studio would announce a reshuffled calendar by Friday. And here we are on Wednesday, with a bunch of new dates from Disney. Let’s take a look at the new Disney schedule:

The big screen adaptation of the popular video game Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, has been moved forward from mid-June to July 10th 2009. Michael Bay’s Transformers 2 hits theaters two weeks earlier on June 26th. Disney believes they will make more at the box office with the head start.

The sci-fi adventure comedy sequel/remake Race to Witch Mountain starring The Rock will hit theaters on March 13th 2009, up against Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Lovely Bones.

Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland 3-D will hit theaters a week later on March 19th 2010.

The Jonathan Mostow Sci-fi action adaptation The Surrogates starring Bruce Willis has been given a holiday release: November 20th 2009. The film with counter DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon. Set in a future world where humans live in isolation and interact through surrogate robot avatars, a cop (Willis) is forced to leave his home for the first time in years in order to investigate a murder mystery.

The Wild Hogs sequel titled Old Dogs starring John Travolta, Robin Williams and Seth Green, has been pushed back from a 2008 TBA to April 10th 2009. The original film was released in March, so it’s likely that Disney didn’t want to deviate from the marketing formula. Dogs will go up against Paramount’s Renée Zellweger horror/thriller Case 39.

The Hannah Montana Movie will now counter Fox’s comic book prequel X-Men Origins: Wolverine on May 1st 2009. This means that Disney’s animated 3D movie G-Force had to be moved to July 24th. Not a great date considering that it will now go head to head with New Line’s animated Planet 51 and The Weinstein Co’s horror remake Piranha 3D.

The big screen adaptation of Confessions of a Shopaholic starring Isla Fisher has been bumped from it’s October 9th 2008 date to a prime 2009 Valentine’s Day release. In effect, the Sandra Bullock/Ryan Reynolds romantic comedy The Proposal will now get a September 25th release.

source: Variety

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Set Photos: Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones

Set Photos: Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones

Peter Jackson’s adaptation of Alice Sebold best-selling novel The Lovely Bones is preparing to shoot in the MacDade Mall in Ridley Township, Pennsylvania. The production is transforming the location into a 1970′s shopping mall for the project. J.M. (Janetjunkie1) was able to snap a few photos of the recreations of the 70′s era mall stores. 15 more photos after the jump.

Mark Wahlberg, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci and Rachel Weisz star in the film, which is set to hit theaters on March 13th 2009.

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GI Joe

Paramount Pictures has announced domestic release dates for Peter Jackson‘s next film and the upcoming live-action G.I. Joe feature film, and Fox has set a date for Marley and Me. Let’s take a look into the future, so get out your calendars.

Peter Jackson‘s adaptation of Alice Sebold’s best selling novel The Lovely Bones will hit theaters on March 13th 2009. The Lovely Bones is the story of a 14-year-old girl from suburban Pennsylvania who is murdered by her neighbor. She tells the story from Heaven, showing the lives of the people around her and how they have changed all while attempting to get someone to find her lost body. Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon and Stanley Tucci star. The movie is currently in production.

Stephen Sommers’ live-action big budget G.I. Joe movie gets a late Summer 2009 date: August 7th 2009. No casting announcements have been made. Tony Scott’s adaptation of The Taking of Pelham 123, starring Denzel Washington and John Travolta, is also scheduled for the same release date.

It is also worth noting that Fox2000′s adaptation of Marley and Me has been scheduled for a December 19th 2008 release. Based on the memoir by John Grogan, Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson star in the story of a family that learns important life lessons from their adorable, but naughty and neurotic dog.

source: BOM

Ryan GoslingYesterday we reported that Mark Wahlberg had replaced Ryan Gosling in Peter Jackson’s big screen adaptation of The Lovely Bones, just hours before the movie began production. The full details of why the last minute change was made, had not been revealed, until now. According to the Los Angeles Times, Gosling’s weight gain was too much for the Lord of the Rings director.

Gosling showed up to start work “looking like he’d donned a fat suit.” The actor had told Jackson that he was going to “gain some weight to age himself up to play the part,” but the result was far from expected.

“Jackson was still expecting some movie star allure – not paunch and a beard.”

New York Post’s Page Six has a different take, claiming that Gosling’s demanding and controlling attitude led to the actor’s replacement. According to the gossip column:

“‘Peter couldn’t stand Ryan,’ said one source. Though Variety reported that Gosling had “stepped down” and was replaced by Mark Wahlberg, our source said, ‘Ryan cut his own hair, and was fighting with wardrobe. He was so demanding . . . Peter booted him two days before filming started.’”

Gosling is a great actor, with a lot of potential, but it seems like he’s letting the critical acclaim get to his head. A director directs, and an actor acts.

The Lovely Bones

Just one day before shooting is set to begin, Mark Wahlberg has stepped in to replace Ryan Gosling (Lars and the Real Girl) in the Peter Jackson-directed adaptation of Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones.

Wahlberg has taken the role of Jack Salmon, the grieving father of a 14-year-old girl from suburban Pennsylvania who is murdered by her neighbor. She tells the story from Heaven, showing the lives of the people around her and how they have changed all while attempting to get someone to find her lost body. Rachel Weisz plays the girl’s mother.

According to Variety, Ryan Gosling left on Friday after gaining 20 pounds and growing a beard for the job. Sources have attributed the exit to “creative differences.” The movie begins shooting today in Pennsylvania, where Wahlberg most recently finished on M. Night Shyamalan’s The Happening for Fox. I’m sure there is a very interesting story behind this last minute move, that will leak out sooner or later.

Wahlberg is also committed to star opposite Brad Pitt in the Darren Aronofsky’s The Fighter, which will begin production late 2008.

Ryan Gosling

Academy Award nominated actor Ryan Gosling (Half Nelson) has signed on to star opposite Rachel Weisz in Peter Jackson’s big screen adaptation of Alice Sebold’s bestselling book The Lovely Bones. Jeeez, so far the cast and crew is stacked with a talented group who has either won or been nominated for an Oscar.

The film will tell the story of a 14-year-old girl from suburban Pennsylvania who is murdered by her neighbor. She tells the story from Heaven, showing the lives of the people around her and how they have changed all while attempting to get someone to find her lost body. Gosling will play the girl’s father and Weisz will play the girl’s mother. The Lovely Bones will start principal photography in October in Pennsylvania and New Zealand.

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