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    July 29, 2011


    Paramount Pictures announced a new release dates for a couple of their upcoming tentpole movies. The movies are John Chu's G.I. Joe movie sequel and the fourth installment of the Mission: Impossible franchise. Previously, G.I. Joe 2 is slated for August 3, 2012 while Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol will be arriving on December 16, 2012. Read after the jump for the new dates.

    First up, Coming Soon reported that they have moved the planned John Chu-directed G.I. Joe 2 (previously entitled G.I. Joe: Cobra Strikes) by 5 weeks forward to fill in the gap left behind by Star Trek 2, another Paramount Pictures' project. The sequel to the 2009's G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra will have a striking difference from the predecessor due to the almost new line-up of characters; saved for the returning Channing Tatum as Duke, Ray Park as Snake Eyes and, likely, Byung Hun-lee as Stormshadow. Previously we have reported all the casting news for which you can refer back at this link. However, the move to June 29 means that G.I. Joe 2 will have to face The Amazing Spider-Man which will open several days later on July 3, 2012 and could therefore put a risk on its box office performance.

    In some related development, the new Star Trek 2 was confirmed to have J.J. Abrams within the glimpse to be announced as the director. Shooting will start as early as next year for 2013 release.

    Next, another bump on the release date seems to have affected yet another Paramount Pictures winter tentpole that goes by the name of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol as well. Initially slated to up against the other juggernauts like Warner Bros' Sherlock Holmes and 20th Century Fox's Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked on December 16, it is now announced that the Brad Bird-directed project will bump a few days backward into December 21, according to Slash Film. The latest move may have avoided those movies but will give the Tom Cruise-headliner with a day-and-date release with David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and only two days opening advantage from titles like The Adventures of Tintin, The Darkest Hour and We Bought A Zoo. We have to acknowledge that this December will be an interesting month that will be filled with plenty of movie options. Usually holiday season that occurs on this month will have plenty of box office business for everyone to enjoy.

    Finally, we have confirmation that another Tom Cruise's project with Paramount Pictures called One Shot have a secured a release date on February 8, 2013. The Christopher McQuarrie-directed pic is based on Lee Child's best-selling novel of same title. According to Slash Film, "the film still doesn’t even have an official greenlight, though Cruise is attached to start in what Paramount hopes could be another franchise, especially since it’s rumored he passes the torch to Jeremy Renner in Ghost Protocol."

    [SOURCES: Slash Film, Coming Soon]

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