From last night we have a slew of recently changed and freshly announced released dates to pass on. Leading with the most telling move, Sony thinks their recent MGM acquisition, the Kevin James comedy The Zookeeper, has earned summer tentpole status [THR]. The studio pushed the release date for this talking-animal comedy from October 8th of this year to July 8, 2011, with Sony distribution president Rory Bruer remarking, “It’s got tremendous heart and soul. And talking animals? Gimme a break, it’s so funny.” The animals who collectively function as Cyrano to James’s zookeeper are voiced by Sylvester Stallone, Adam Sandler, Jon Favreau, Judd Apatow, and Cher among others.
After the break, you’ll find dates for Charlie St. Cloud, The Adjustment Bureau, Catfish, Cheaters, The Night Chronicles: Devil, James Cameron Presents Sanctum 3D, Your Highness, and something called Ballers.
Here are the details on the updated schedule for Universal’s 2010/2011 slate [Deadline].
Charlie St. Cloud: July 30, 2010
Synopsis: A cemetery caretaker who has weekly meetings with his younger brother, whose accidental death he blames himself for, meets a young woman believed to be missing in a sailing accident. He begins a romantic relationship with her, but wonders if she is an apparition on the way to the next life.
Cast/Crew: Zac Efron stars as the titular character
The Adjustment Bureau: September 17, 2010
Synopsis: On the brink of winning a seat in the U.S. Senate, ambitious politician David Norris meets beautiful contemporary ballet dancer Elise Sellas–a woman like none he’s ever known. But just as he realizes he’s falling for her, mysterious men conspire to keep the two apart. David learns he is up against the agents of Fate itself–the men of The Adjustment Bureau–who will do everything in their considerable power to prevent David and Elise from being together.
Cast/Crew: The cast is toplined by Matt Damon and Emily Blunt, with Anthony Mackie, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Christoph Waltz, Daniel Dae Kim, Michael Kelly, and John Slattery supporting in this adaptation of the Philip K. Dick short story The Adjustment Team.
Catfish: September 17, 2010 (Limited)
Synopsis: Nev, a 24-year-old New York-based photographer, has no idea what he’s in for when Abby, an eight-year-old girl from rural Michigan, contacts him on MySpace, seeking permission to paint one of his photographs. When he receives her remarkable painting, Nev begins a friendship and correspondence with Abby’s family. But things really get interesting when he develops a cyber-romance with Abby’s attractive older sister, Megan, a musician and model. Prompted by some startling revelations about Megan, Nev and his buddies embark on a road trip in search of the truth.
Cast/Crew: This purported documentary gained some major buzz at Sundance for newcomer directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman.
Cheaters: January 14, 2011
Synopsis: A man discovers that his best friend’s wife is having an affair, and is tortured over the decision to tell him or not.
Cast/Crew: Ron Howard is directing from an Allan Loeb script; the cast includes Winona Ryder, Vince Vaughn, and Kevin James.
The Night Chronicles: Devil: February 11, 2011
Synopsis: A supernatural thriller set inside of an office building elevator.
Cast/Crew: Based on a story by fright master M. Night Shyamalan, Devil is a supernatural thriller from Quarantine filmmakers John and Andrew Dowdle.
James Cameron Presents Sanctum 3D: March 4, 2011
Synopsis: Based on true events, this adventure drama concerns a father and son who are trapped in an underwater cave with a team of divers as the group strives to stay alive against all hope.
Cast/Crew: Alister Grierson (Kokoda) directs from a script by Andrew Wight and John Garvin; James Cameron is producing (duh).
Your Highness: April 8, 2011
Synopsis: Throughout history, tales of chivalry have burnished the legends of brave, handsome knights who rescue fair damsels, slay dragons and conquer evil. But behind many a hero is a good-for-nothing younger brother trying just to stay out of the way of those dragons, evil and trouble in general. Thadeous has spent his life watching his perfect older brother Fabious embark upon valiant journeys and win the hearts of his people. Tired of being passed over for adventure, adoration and the throne, he’s settled for a life of wizard’s weed, hard booze and easy maidens.
Cast/Crew: James Franco and Danny McBride re-team with their Pineapple Express director David Gordon Green, along with Zooey Deschanel and Natlie Portman
Ballers: November 4, 2011
I haven’t heard of this movie, and it has a title that isn’t friendly to Google. But it’s coming out in a year and a half!
this image has nothing to do with Ballers…or does it?