'Dictator', 'Ender's Game', 'Maleficent' Get Exciting New Release Dates!

April 9, 2012


Release dates are changing! Adapt or die.

Firstly, The Dictator is now coming out Wednesday, May 16. The comedy previously had a May 11 release date, which would have put the Sacha Baron Cohen comedy directly up against Dark Shadows; now that that film's trailer revealed the Tim Burton-directed picture to be more a broad comedy than anyone really expected, Paramount decided it best not to saturate the market with so many wacky accents and hairstyles all at once. Good call.

Summit Entertainment's adaptation of Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game has similarly been pushed back, bumped nearly eight months later in the year. Originally set for a March 15, 2013 release, the Gavin Hood-directed film is now slated for November 1--late fall, when underfoot leaves will crack and crinkle like Harrison Ford's face. He's in this, don't forget.

Finally, Disney's Maleficent has been given a March 14, 2014 release date. That film has long had Angelina Jolie attached to the title role, playing a live-action version of Sleeping Beauty's evil antagonist, and more recently, Elle Fanning has entered talks to play the slumbering looker herself, Princess Aurora. The studio's distant release date, almost two years from now, gives Disney just a bit longer to ponder the question, "Now, we're sure what audiences want is a showdown between Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning, right?"

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