Fox Moves LIFE OF PI Up to November 21; THE INTERNSHIP Starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn Set for June 28, 2013

     May 23, 2012

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Following the big release date shakeup of Paramount moving G.I. Joe: Retaliation to March 2013 and Ted taking the film’s June 29th slot, 20th Century Fox has announced two release date shifts of its own.  Briefly:

  • Fox moves Ang Lee’s 3D adaptation of Life of Pi up from December 21st to November 21st.
  • Director Shawn Levy’s comedy The Internship, starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, will open on June 28th, 2013

Hit the jump for more on each film.

life of pi ang leeFirstly, Fox has moved Lee’s Life of Pi out of the incredibly crowded month of December and has given it an awards-friendly November 21st release date.  Footage was screened from the 3D pic to a rapturous response at this year’s CinemaCon, with many already weighing the film’s Oscar chances.  Yann Martel‘s highly acclaimed book tells the story of a boy named Pi (played by newcomer Suraj Sharma), who gets stranded at sea for 227 days with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker, a hyena, a zebra, and an orangutan.  The film should find success on the same weekend that launched Martin Scorsese‘s Hugo.

On the November 21st date, the pic will now face off against the Red Dawn remake, the incredibly promising DreamWorks Animation film Rise of the Guardians, director David O. Russell’s The Silver Linings Playbook starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, and the Billy Crystal/Bette Midler comedy Parental Guidance.

vince-vaughn-owen-wilson-the-internshipAdditionally, Fox has set a prime summer date of June 28th for Shawn Levy’s (Night at the Museum) comedy The Internship.  The film reunites Wedding Crashers stars Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn as two old-fashioned salesman who find themselves interning at a major tech company after suddenly becoming unemployed.  Filming begins next month, and when Levy spoke with Steve last year he was leaning towards an R-rating for the film (make it so, Mr. Levy).

The only other film currently slated for June 28th is the supernatural action-comedy R.I.P.D. starring Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges.  Opening a week earlier is the Brad Pitt-fronted World War Z and Pixar’s Monsters University, and the following Fourth of July weekend will most assuredly be dominated by Steven Spielberg’s Robopocalypse.

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