Kick-Ass 2, 2 Guns Get New Release Dates; R.I.P.D. Holds Firm in 3D


Universal Pictures released their upcoming slate of release dates, and revealed that while the comic book adaptation R.I.P.D. will keep its July 19, 2013 release date with 3-D being added to the proceedings. Whether opening in 3-D just one week after Pacific Rim, which is expected to do well, will hurt the film's potential box office draw is yet to be seen; certainly there are a limited number of 3-D theaters and if the Guillermo del Toro robots-and-monster-mash is doing as well as it's projected to, it might be difficult to get screens for the supernatural action flick, which features a pair of stars (Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds) whose last big action franchises have underperformed. Deadline also reports that both 2 Guns and Kick-Ass 2 have shuffled their release dates somewhat. 2 Guns, the Oni Press adaptation starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, will now compete with two other comic book adaptations (300: Rise Of An Empire and Red 2) and The Smurfs 2 on August 2. That film had originally been set for August 16, a date that will now be filled by Jeff Wadlow's Kick-Ass sequel which, ironically, which originally took R.I.P.D.'s June 28 date but will now serve as Uni's last big movie of the summer.