'Little Fockers' release date shifts to Dec.
Universal will release 'Bureau,' 'Pilgrim' in summer instead
Universal figures "Little Fockers" is more Yuletide fare than summer sizzler.
The studio will sit on the recently wrapped comedy sequel until Dec. 22 and instead will unspool two previously unslotted films in swimsuit season. Uni on Thursday tagged Matt Damon-toplined thriller "The Adjustment Bureau" for July 30 -- the original release date for "Little Fockers" -- and youth-targeting adventure fantasy "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" for Aug. 13.
Franchise first sequel "Meet the Fockers" bowed Dec. 22, 2004, en route to grossing $279.3 million domestically. Cast returning for the "Fockers" sequel include Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller.
Uni domestic distribution maven Nikki Rocco said the studio is being "opportunistic" with its scheduling moves after noting the absence of a big comedy in the mix of 2010 holiday titles.
"A year ago, the Christmas landscape wasn't as clear," Rocco said in explaining the studio's original summer slotting for "Little Fockers."
The sequel will be marketed as broadly as the first "Fockers," with Uni anticipated a PG or PG-13 rating. "Meet the Fockers" was rated PG-13.
Other wide openers set for the Wednesday before Christmas include Fox's Jack Black-toplined adventure pic "Gulliver's Travels" and Sony's comic-book actioner "The Green Hornet" starring Seth Rogen. Paramount's remake of "True Grit," starring Damon and Jeff Bridges, is scheduled to open Dec. 25.
Previously referred to as an untitled "Meet the Fockers" sequel, "Little Fockers" is considered a working title.
Rocco said both newly scheduled summer pics are considered tentpole titles at Uni.
" 'Scott Pilgrim' is certainly going to be an event picture for its core audience," the distribution topper said. "And with 'Adjustment Bureau,' anytime you have Matt Damon in a film, I consider it a tentpole film."
Inspired by a comic book, "Pilgrim" stars Michael Cera in the title role. "Adjustment Bureau" co-stars include Emily Blunt and Terence Stamp.
Rival pics set to open opposite "Pilgrim" include Warner Bros.' 3D family-comedy sequel "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore," CBS Films drama "Beastly" and Paramount laugher "Morning Glory."
"Adjustment Bureau" competition includes Lionsgate actioner "The Expendables" and Sony's Julia Roberts starrer "Eat, Pray, Love."
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