After a lengthy hiatus, Steven Spielberg is going to have quite a busy holiday in 2011. DreamWorks is pushing back his World War I epic about a boy and his horse to December 2011, to take advantage of the holiday box-office. That just happens to be the same month that Paramount will bow Spielberg’s animated family flick The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn. (Though Tintin, which is based on the comic strip series by Belgium artist Herge and is subsequently much more popular overseas, will first bow internationally and is likely to have a much more robust overseas gross.)
The date change alters the rest of DreamWorks’ 2011 slate too. Now all you fans of The Help will get access to Emma Stone as Skeeter Phelan on Aug. 12, 2011, the same weekend that Julia Roberts opened Eat Pray Love this year and Meryl Streep and Amy Adams starred in Julie & Julia back in 2009.
The other two date changes belong to Real Steel and Fright Night. DreamWorks will bow the Hugh Jackman-actioner from director Shawn Levy on October 7, while Fright Night, starring Colin Farrell, will move up from the fall, with an August 19 date.