FAULT IN OUR STARS Set for June 6, 2014; THE MAZE RUNNER Pushed to September 19, 2014; SMURFS 3 and THE BOOK THIEF Moved

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A couple of release date shifts have been announced.  Briefly:

  • The highly anticipated adaptation of John Green’s beloved novel The Fault in Our Stars will be released in theaters on June 6, 2014.  The film stars Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, and Willem Dafoe.
  • The sci-fi thriller YA adaptation The Maze Runner has been pushed from this coming Valentine’s Day to September 19, 2014.  The film stars Dylan O’Brien.
  • Sony has moved The Smurfs 3 from July 2015 to August 14, 2015.
  • Fox has moved the upcoming adaptation The Book Thief up from November 15th to November 8th.

Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned films and what their competition looks like on their new release dates.

the-fault-in-our-stars-book-coverPer Box Office Mojo, Fox will release director Josh Boone’s adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars in theaters on June 6, 2014, giving it a prime summer release date.  The pic is currently slated to open against the Tom Cruise sci-fi actioner Edge of Tomorrow.  The emotional story is told from the point of view of Hazel, a young cancer patient who strikes up a relationship with another cancer-striken teen named Gus in a support group.  Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort are set in the lead roles, with a supporting cast that includes Nat Wolff, Willem Dafoe, Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, and Mike Birbiglia.

Fox has moved director Wes Ball’s upcoming YA adaptation The Maze Runner from February 14, 2014 to September 19, 2014, where it will square off against Dolphin Tale 2 and the sports drama When the Game Stands Tall.  The Valentine’s Day date was already looking crowded, and the film has quite a few visual effects so Ball could likely use the extra time to finish up the visuals.  The story centers on a group of teens who appear in an area known as “The Glade” but have no memory when they wake up, and are forced to find their way out through a shifting maze.  If you missed them, check out Steve’s interviews with Ball, star Dylan O’Brien, and producer Wyck Godfrey.

Additionally, Sony has slightly shifted the inevitable animated sequel The Smurfs 3 from July 24, 2015 to August 14, 2015, where it is currently the only dated film for August.  That moves it away from the superhero glut of July that includes Batman vs. Superman and Ant-Man.

Finally, director Brian Percival’s childrens book adaptation The Book Thief has been moved from November 15, 2013 to November 8th in limited release.  the story tells of a young girl (Sophie Nélisse) who is adopted by a family in a World War II Germany, and uses her love of reading as a way to rebel against the rise of Nazism.  Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson also star.

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