Friday, July 30, 2010

Does Hollywood really think that the world is going to end in 2012?

A friend and I were discussing the glut of major releases over the next two years, and he mentioned something a little disconcerting. There are almost no releases yet slated for 2013. In 2011 we have (among others) The Green Hornet, Thor, Captain America, Kung Fu Panda 2, Cars 2, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part II, Transformers 3, Green Lantern, The Hangover 2, Mission: Impossible IV, Sherlock Holmes 2, The Smurfs, Rise of the Apes, X-Men: First Class, Winnie the Pooh, Cowboys Vs. Aliens, the new Muppet movie, and Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn part I. In 2012, we have The Avengers, Madagascar 3, Battleship, Men in Black 3, Star Trek 2, Spider-Man 2.0, Ice Age: Continental Drift, Batman 3, and Monsters Inc 2. What's already scheduled for 2013? In an era when studios lay claim to prime release dates years and years in advance, there is but a single release slotted for 2013: Disney's Reboot Ralph, slated for March 23rd, 2013. No official word for Jonathan Nolan's Superman, Iron Man 3, or David Goyer's Wonder Woman. No word on Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn part II. Does Hollywood know something we don't?

Scott Mendelson

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