May 9, 2013


One step forward, three steps back with these new release dates:

  • Warner Bros. will push All You Need Is Kill, led by Tom Cruise, from March 7 to June 6, 2014.
  • 300: Rise of an Empire will take its place on March 7, 2014, seven months after the planned August 2, 2013 release date.  The original 300 was released on March 9, 2007.
  • The Aubrey Plaza comedy The To-Do List is moving up from August 16 to July 26, 2013.
  • Sony Animation is delaying Genndy Tartakovsky‘s animated Popeye movie to a date to be named later in 2015.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

[All dates via Box Office Mojo and Deadline.]

Emily Blunt and Bill Paxton co-star in Doug Liman‘s adaptation of the manga All You Need Is Kill.  Here’s the official synopsis:


The story unfolds in a near future in which a hive-like alien race, called Mimics, have hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, shredding great cities to rubble and leaving millions of human casualties in their wake. No army in the world can match the speed, brutality or seeming prescience of the weaponized Mimic fighters or their telepathic commanders. But now the world’s armies have joined forces for a last stand offensive against the alien horde, with no second chances.

Lt. Col. Bill Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously demoted and then dropped—untrained and ill-equipped—into what amounts to little more than a suicide mission. Cage is killed within minutes, managing to take an Alpha down with him. But, impossibly, he awakens back at the beginning of the same hellish day, and is forced to fight and die again…and again. Direct physical contact with the alien has thrown him into a time loop—dooming him to live out the same brutal combat over and over.

But with each pass, Cage becomes tougher, smarter, and able to engage the Mimics with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Blunt), who has lain waste to more Mimics than anyone on Earth. As Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated battle becomes an opportunity to find the key to annihilating the alien invaders and saving the Earth.

Sullivan Stapleton, Rodrigo Santoro, Eva Green, and Lena Headey star in 300: Rise of an Empire, directed by Noam Murro.  Murro described the sequel like so:


“The few against the many is still here. It’s hundreds vs. hundreds of thousands. It’s about taking on the mightiest power of all with wisdom and tactics. … Themistokles is battle-scarred and a warrior, but at the same time he’s a politician. He’s not the king. He has to rule in a democracy. It’s a different complexity of character. These people don’t want to fight, they even say that they are not Spartans,” says Murro. “They are common people who have to do this to not be in under the rule of a dictator. This is not a duplicate movie or a cookie-cutter. It’s a very different story to tell in keeping with the original flavor of 300.”

Donald Glover, Rachel Bilson, Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, Alia Shawkat, Mae Whitman, Johnny Simmons, Connie Britton, Clark Gregg, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Scott Porter co-star in The To-Do List, written and directed by Maggie Carey.  Here’s the synopsis:

THE TO DO LIST follows the story of Brandy Klark (Plaza), a Type-A, overachiever who comes up with a “to-do list” featuring all the risqué extra-curricular activities she missed out on in high school and wants to complete before college.

The Smurfs writers Jay Scherick and David Ronn penned the script for Popeye to bring everyone’s favorite raspy sailor into the 21st century.  Avi and Ari Arad will produce under their Arad Productions banner in conjunction with Sony Pictures Animation.  The movie, when it comes, will be in 3D.


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