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Paramount Pictures has shuffled its release schedule, clearing Christmas 2013 for its $100 million Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, and pushing back the Brad Pitt zombie-apocalypse drama World War Z to June 21, 2013. The studio also moved the Tom Cruise crime thriller One Shot from February 2013 to Dec. 21, 2012, the date previously occupied by World War Z.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount is looking to position the Christopher McQuarrie-directed One Shot in the same frame that served the $688.8 million blockbuster Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol so well last year. Based on Lee Child’s bestselling novel, One Shot stars Cruise as an ex-military police officer drawn into the case of a former sniper accused of killing five people.
A blend of live action and CGI, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is directed by Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans, Battle: Los Angeles) from a script by Ghost Protocol screenwriters Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec. The previous installment of the film franchise, 2007’s TMNT, grossed more than $95 million worldwide.
Helmed by Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace, The Kite Runner), World War Z is based on Max Brooks’ 2006 novel collecting first-person accounts of survivors of a decade-long war against zombies. In addition to Pitt, the film also stars Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale, Matthew Fox, Bryan Cranston and David Morse.