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“Hobbit” news triggers release-date shift for “Life of Pi”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: This is why we fill our movie release schedules out with pencil. Changes are bound to happen.

Now that Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” has staked claim to two December weekends in 2012 and 2013, rival projects are beginning to react. First up is Ang Lee’s anticipated adaptation of Yann Martel’s “Life of Pi,” which shifted its release date back one week to Dec. 21, 2012, according to THR.

As the trade points out, this might be a better date for “Pi,” which now capitalizes on the holiday movie-going crowd.

Lee’s adaptation now will take on Phillip Noyce’s “Hunter Killer” and a currently untitled Judd Apatow comedy.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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One Comment

  • June 2, 2011 | Permalink |

    Other studios have to know that the Hobbit will be an unstoppable juggernaut; a powerhouse so to speak. They’ll never try to go up against it, like no one’s going to try against Deathly Hallows Pt. 2 or Transformers 3. And when the Dark Knight Rises is released, God help those movies released alongside it, they won’t see a single viewer…

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