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March 20, 2013 at 10:06 PM EDT

It’s become common for major Hollywood movies to experience very long release-date delays. Sometimes, the filmmakers need more time to stuff the film with totally essential digital effects. Sometimes they need to convert the film into 3-D — for purely artistic reasons, of course. And sometimes, they just need to resurrect Channing Tatum. It’s rare, however, for a film to move in the other direction, and open earlier than planned. But that’s exactly what happened with The World’s End, the long-awaited third film from Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg which completes a loose trilogy with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.

Previously scheduled to hit theaters in late October, the film will now close out the summer movie season, opening on August 23. (Wright himself confirmed the news on Twitter.) That means World’s End will hit just a couple months after This Is The End, the other apocalypse comedy. It’s like Dante’s Peak and Volcano all over again!

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