Universal Announces 2012 Release Dates

Universal Pictures has locked down much of its 2012 film release slate, as well as announcing release dates for two other high-profile projects.

First up, Ron Howard’s first film in the planned film/TV adaptation of Stephen King’s fantasy saga “The Dark Tower” has locked in a May 17th 2013 release date. Also Tom Hanks’ recently shot ensemble drama “Larry Crowne” will score a July 1st release next year.

Onto the 2012 slate where at least seven of the distributor’s planned releases have just been set:

February 10th 2012: “Safe House”
The story follows a CIA agent (Ryan Reynolds) who must protect a dangerous criminal (Denzel Washington) when their safe house comes under attack. Director: Daniel Espinosa.

March 16th 2012: “Contraband”
The remake of Icelandic movie “Reykjavik-Rotterdam” stars Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale in the story of a former ice road trucker smuggler pulled back into the game. Director: Baltasar Kormakur.

June 1st 2012: Untitled Judd Apatow Project
The first film to be written & directed by Judd Apatow since “Funny People” last year.

August 3rd 2012: “The Bourne Legacy”
The new sequel that will not involve Jason Bourne on screen but will center on the fallout of events in the trilogy. Director: Tony Gilroy.

November 9th 2012: “Ouija”
The film adaptation of the Hasbro game. No director is yet attached.

November 21st 2012: “47 Ronin”
Keanu Reeves stars in the story of 18th century samurai who set out to avenge the death of their master and sacrifice everything to make sure of its success. Director: Carl Rinsch.

December 21st 2012: “Snow White and the Huntsman”
Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron are rumoured. Director: Rupert Sanders.