Fox Shakes Up Its 2009 Schedule

Coming off one of the worst years in its history, 20th Century Fox is tightening its belt for next year and shifted around it 2009 slate with many of its films undergoing delays of several months reports Variety.

The most notable change is that its film version of “The A-Team”, which still doesn’t have a cast or director locked, has been delayed a full year from June 12th 2009 to June 11th 2010.

John Singleton, who had been attached to direct, left the project after the studio said it wanted more time to develop the script.

Their fantasy feature “Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief”, about a modern-day man who incurs the wrath of the Greek Gods, has also been pushed back from late 2009 to July 2nd 2010. This is the same weekend as their adaptation of the acclaimed book series “Ramona.

Next, the studio has pushed back Dwayne Johnson-led family adventure “Tooth Fairy” from June 2009 to November 13th 2009 to take advantage of the pre-Thanksgiving holiday frame.

Earlier in the year, Chris Columbus’ “I Love You Beth Cooper” starring Hayden Panettiere has been pushed from March 27th to July 10th, while comedy-adventure “They Came From Upstairs” has been moved even further – from February 13th to July 31st.

Finally, “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel” will hit Christmas Day 2009.