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Paramount Sets 'Ninja Turtles' Release Date, Pushes Back Brad Pitt's 'World War Z'

March 14, 2012 (3:38 am) GMT
'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' will arrive in theaters on Christmas Day in 2013, while Pitt's zombie saga is delayed until summer next year after its previous release date is given to 'One Shot'.

Paramount Pictures has rearranged the release calendar for some of its major movies, including the big-budgeted "" reboot. On Tuesday, March 13, the studio announced that the Jonathan Liebesman-directed live action/CGI combo is set to open wide in the U.S. on Christmas Day in 2013.

The "TMNT" remake, which cost a reported $100 million to produce, follows a team of anthropomorphic turtles who live in a storm sewer in New York City. After being taught the art of ninjutsu by their rat sensei Splinter, the gang battle criminals and alien invaders though they remain isolated from the society. Michael Bay is producing the film.

Aside from the anticipated comic book movie reboot, Paramount rescheduled the release date for starrer "One Shot". After previously being scheduled to hit cinemas in February 2013, the thriller film is now set to open wide on December 21 this year, the same date when Cruise's blockbuster pic "" was released last year.

By advancing the opening date for "One Shot", Paramount must have to push back 's apocalyptic zombie thriller "" into the middle of summer 2013. With the new schedule, the movie adaptation of Max Brook's novel is due to arrive in theaters nationwide on June 21 next year.

Rob Moore, Paramount vice president, told The Hollywood Reporter that repositioning "One Shot" is a good strategy considering the big success of "Ghost Protocol" last year. He explained that the Christopher McQuarie-directed movie will wrap its production before "World War Z".

Cruise's "One Shot" follows an ex-military homicide investigator who seeks the truth behind an open-and-shut murder case after a trained military sniper is arrested for shooting five random victims. As for Pitt's "World War Z", the film centers on a U.N employee who traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself.

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