In a surprise move over the weekend, Sony Pictures has pulled the superhero comedy "The Green Hornet" out of mid-Summer 2010 release and pushed it back to the week before Christmas next year - a full five month delay.
Originally scheduled for July 7th, the Seth Rogen-led and Michel Gondry-directed tentpole will now bow on December 17th 2010. The film takes over the slot put aside for Sony's CG and live-action combination take on the classic cartoon "The Smurfs" which itself will likely be pushed into 2011.
Filming hasn't yet begun on 'Hornet' and no official reason was given, though Rogen himself told HitFix that he was relieved about the delay as it gives the filmmakers a lot "more time to finish and promote the movie".
The delay also means the film will likely see a huge push at next year's San Diego Comic Con in late July.