Paramount moves ‘World War Z’ to 2013!

One of the first bumps of the year has gone down, and it’s the change of Marc Forster and Brad Pitt’s adaptation of ‘World War Z’ from a late 2012 release to the summer of 2013. This doesn’t seem to speak of its quality, though it does suggest that it perhaps was never meant for true awards consideration. Here’s the story, along with a few other release date notes, from The Hollywood Reporter:

Rearranging its release calendar in a major way, Paramount is moving Tom Cruise starrer One Shot from February 2013 to Dec. 21, 2012–the same frame that Cruise’s box office blockbuster Mission: Impossible–Ghost Protocol opened last year.

As a result, the studio is pushing back Brad Pitt zombie action pic World War Z to June 21, 2013. The film had occupied the date that One Shot now opens on.

The third major headline out of Paramount is that its Nickelodeon label is reviving the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film franchise. Jonathan Liebesman is directing the $100 million CGI/live-action combo, which hits theaters on Christmas Day in 2013. Michael Bay is producing.

Paramount vice chairman Rob Moore said it made perfect sense to reposition One Shot considering how well Ghost Protocol did. He also said One Shot, directed by Christopher McQuarie, will be done before World War Z.

Ghost Protocol grossed $688.8 milion worldwide and was a franchise best. It also helped to restore Cruise’s star status in the U.S..

Based on Lee Child’s best-selling book, One Shot is about an investigator drawn into the case of a former military sniper who is charged with killing five people.

Skydance Productions co-financed both One Shot and World War Z, which is directed by Marc Forster and and based on the novel by Max Brooks.

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Written by Joey Magidson

When he’s not obsessing over new Oscar predictions on a weekly basis, Joey is seeing between 300 and 350 movies a year. He views the best in order to properly analyze the awards race/season each year, but he also watches the worst for reasons he mostly sums up as "so you all don't have to". In his spare time, you can usually find him complaining about the Jets or the Mets. Still, he lives and dies by film. Joey's a voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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