The Hollywood studios continue to play a game of release date shuffle. Last week we learned that Frankenweenie and John Carter of Mars‘ respective dates had been moved, and now according to Heat Vision John Carter’s has been changed again. This time, the decision has to do with Ridley Scott’s upcoming sci-fi epic Prometheus.
The trade is reporting that Prometheus will move from its original March 9, 2012 date to something a little more high profile. The film will switch with John Carter of Mars and be pushed back to June 8, 2012. Therefore, Mars will be released on March 9. This means Fox wants Scott’s sci-fi epic to get take full advantage of the summer blockbuster season.
Prometheus—which has morphed from being an Aliens prequel to original sci-fi tentpole—stars Noomi Rapace, star of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Damon Lindelof is working together with Scott on the new script, which was originally written by Jon Spaihts and based on an idea by Scott.
Now that John Carter has moved up, we wonder if it will be able to have a successful opening without the summer buzz and hype? It is Pixar’s first attempt at live action, and it’s a CGI 3D hybrid. There’s a lot going on there.
What do you think of the new release date for Prometheus? Is it a better fit?