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Release Dates For 'Oz: The Great & Powerful,' 'Snow White' & 'Star Trek 2'

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May 25, 2011 | 8:04am EDT

JJ AbramsThe current release schedule for a handful of films has been altered dramatically, so before you run to your local theater to see Star Trek 2 next summer and find it nowhere in sight you'd better read on.

Deadline reports that Star Trek 2 is behind schedule as its director J.J. Abrams has been busy finishing Super 8 while its three writers have been tied up with various other projects. That, and the fact that Abrams hasn't yet officially committed to directing the highly-anticipated sequel, is making Paramount Pictures nervous about meeting the June 29th, 2012 release date it set for the follow-up some time ago, and now the studio is considering pushing it back six months for a prime holiday bow. Fans may note that the first pic was originally slotted for Christmas 2008 before getting pushed back to May 2009, so it wouldn't surprise me if the sequel ended up a holiday tent pole. I hope that Paramount gives its star player all the time he needs to make the sequel as awesome as the original.

Meanwhile, over at Relativity a war has been brewing with Universal Pictures over their rival Snow White films. Universal's was originally a holiday 2012 release while Relativity's was set to hit that summer, but Universal moved their version up a full month before Relativity's. That must have upset Mr. Ryan Kavanaugh (CEO of Relativity), who has a lot invested in the Tarsem Singh-directed tent pole. His response? Move his film up to an even earlier release date, March 16, 2012. Now Universal's June 1st bow of Snow White and the Huntsman will battle Relativity's summer suspense romance Safe Haven while Relativity's Snow White hits theaters two and a half months earlier. Ouch.

Finally, Disney has just set Oz, The Great And Powerful for a March 8th, 2013 release. It's going up against District 9 helmer Neill Blomkamp's Elysium, an ambitious and equally expensive sci-fi action flick. It's a good date, as it will give director Sam Raimi plenty of time to film and edit the family fantasy film. James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams will star.

Source: Deadline, Relativity Media

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