Dreamworks Delays Spielberg’s “War Horse”

DreamWorks is locking down its 2011 feature film slate with some major changes in store to some big titles says The Hollywood Reporter.

The biggest change is that the Steven Spielberg-directed “War Horse” has been pushed back four months from a late Summer to a post-Christmas launch. This allows it to both compete in the more family-friendly holiday marketplace, and potentially sets the film up for awards consideration.

The catch there of course is Spielberg’s long-gestating graphic novel adaptation “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn” which opens just before Christmas in the U.S. The studio is apparently not concerned as that project, and press related to it, gets its rollout in international markets in late October where the property is much more well known and will recoup most of its money.

Shawn Levy’s “Real Steel” robo-boxing drama with Hugh Jackman has been moved up a month to the early Fall which will apparently allow it to “stretch its legs” through the season.

The studio has nine films on their 2011 slate. There’s two tentpoles (“Transformers” and “Cowboys & Aliens”) it co-produced with another studio, with the other studio distributing. There’s also two Dreamworks Animation titles (‘Panda’, ‘Puss’) which they’ll self-distribute.

The remaining five fall under the company’s 30-picture distribution deal with Touchstone Pictures.

February 18th – “I Am Number Four”
May 26th – “Kung Fu Panda 2”
July 1st – “Transformers: The Dark of the Moon” (Paramount distributing)
July 29th – “Cowboys and Aliens” (Universal distributing)
August 12th – “The Help”
August 19th – “Fright Night”
October 7th – “Real Steel”
November 4th – “Puss in Boots”
December 28th – “War Horse”