Universal Sets Release Date for Ron Howard's 'Rush,' Moves Tom Cruise's 'Oblivion'

Ron Howard
<p><strong>Ron Howard</strong> arrives at the premiere. Howard&#39;s next film, <em>Rush</em>, is a Formula 1 racer biopic starring <strong>Chris Hemsworth </strong>and Spanish actor <strong>Daniel Br&uuml;hl</strong>.</p>   |   Larry Busacca/Getty Images
Universal has set a release date of Sept. 20, 2013, for the Formula 1 racing movie and also announced 2013 dates for the Cruise-led sci-fi movie and supernatural thriller "Mama."

Universal has set a release date for Ron Howard’s Formula 1 movie Rush, and set 2013 dates for the opening of two other movies, including the Tom Cruise-starring sci-fi movie Oblivion.

Rush, which previously was undated, sees Ron Howard teaming up with Peter Morgan for what is being billed as a “re-creation of the merciless 1970s rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda.” Chris Hemsworth and Olivia Wilde are the headliners.

Cross Creek and Exclusive Media are behind the movie, with Universal only distributing it in North America. The studio has circled Sept. 20, 2013, as the date to unfurl the checkered flag. September is a pretty wide-open month at this stage, with Runner Runner and Paranoia, both of which open Sept. 27, as the only other major releases. (There's also a 3D re-release of The Little Mermaid earlier that month.)

Oblivion, starring Cruise and directed by Joe Kosinski (Tron: Legacy), is moving up a week from April 26 to April 19. It also will have an Imax exclusive April 12. The only competition Oblivion will have on the April 19 date is The Weinstein Co.’s Scary Movie 5.

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The supernatural thriller Mama has been given a Jan. 18 date on the 2013 calendar.
Guillermo del Toro
is an exec producer, with the film being billed as “Guillermo del Toro Presents.” It stars Game of Thrones actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Jessica Chastain along with a cast of kids who are forced to deal with deadly presence.