It looks like Universal is the latest studio to rearrange its release slate for next year. Warner Brothers did it with Harry Potter , and so did Disney with Prince of Persia. Now, Joe Johnston’s The Wolf Man is getting the shuffle treatment, along with several other Universal Pictures productions. Originally, the film was set to be released on April 3, 2009, but now its been pushed back to November 6.

When I first heard about them pushing the release date back, I thought it made more sense. I thought they were gunning for Halloween. Too bad they completely jumped over it! I don’t get the logic behind this move. According to Variety, here is the method to their madness.

…moving “Wolfman” — a reboot toplining Benicio Del Toro — to Nov. 6 gives the film more of a high-profile release, as well as ample time for post-production. Pic is directed by Joe Johnston.

Universal Pictures has pushed back the release of horror franchise hopeful “The Wolfman” from April 3 to Nov. 6 and taken Ridley Scott‘s “Nottingham” out of 2009 entirely.

Also, U’s “The Fast and the Furious 4″ will now open on April 3, instead of June 12.

“Nottingham,” toplining Russell Crowe, will open in 2010, but U did not set a specific date.

U said the reshuffling was the sensible thing to do, considering that “Fast 4″ is completed,

while the Brian Grazer-produced “Nottingham” won’t start lensing until February or March.