THE WOLVERINE Release Date Set for July 26, 2013; ALEX CROSS Dated for October 26, 2012 and Fox Pushes THIS MEANS WAR Back to February 17

     February 7, 2012

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We’ve got a few release dates to share with you today. First and foremost, The Wolverine is finally set to land on July 26th, 2013. The sequel to 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine has gone through a lengthy development process, as Darren Aronofsky was initially set to direct before ultimately dropping out. James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma, Knight and Day) is now set to helm the follow-up, which will take place mostly in Japan.

Story details are scarce, but Hugh Jackman recently hinted that they may end up filming both a PG-13 and R-rated version of the pic. While Mangold isn’t as exciting a choice as Aronofsky, I’m a fan of his previous work and I look forward to seeing what he does with the Wolverine character. The pic faces very little competition on that late July release date, as the Dirty Dancing reboot and the Phineas and Ferb movie are the only other films currently scheduled for the same weekend. Hit the jump for release date news concerning the Tyler Perry-fronted James Patterson adaptation Alex Cross, as well as a last minute shuffle for This Means War.

i-alex-cross-coverAdditionally, the feature adaptation of James Patterson’s crime novel I, Alex Cross (now titled Alex Cross) has been set for an October 26th, 2012 release date. The film stars Tyler Perry in the Alex Cross role previously inhabited by Morgan Freeman in 1997’s Kiss the Girls and 2001’s Along Came a Spider. The film follows Cross as he attempts to track down the serial killer who murdered a beloved relative in Washington D.C. Matthew Fox plays the villain, with Rachel Nichols, Edward Burns, Jean Reno, and John C. McGinley onboard in supporting roles. Alex Cross will face off against Halloween 3D and the surfing sports movie Of Men and Mavericks on October 26th.

Finally, Fox is making a last minute change to the release of their romantic action comedy This Means War. The McG-directed film was recently moved to a Valentine’s Day release, but the studio has now moved the film back to its February 17th release date. The film stars Reese Witherspoon, Tom Hardy, and Chris Pine, but it was set to face off against the female-leaning The Vow on that Valentine’s release. The February 17th release will give it some distance from the romantic drama, where it squares off against the considerably different Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and The Secret World of Arrietty. [Box Office Mojo]

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