Warner gives 300 sequel a date, moves del Toro's Pacific Rim back to July

Get out the felt-tips, it's calendar time...

Warner Bros. has done a little scheduling, issuing and tweaking release dates for two movies we have interest in around here. The first is 300: BATTLE OF ARTEMISIA, which the studio sees fit to release August 2, 2013. Rodrigo Santoro is back as Xerxes in the film, with Jackie Blackley and Jamie Sullivan offering support. Noam Murro is directing from a script by Kurt Johnstad.

Artemisia is based on Frank Miller’s upcoming graphic novel that takes Xerxes, the Persian leader who is an antagonist in 300, and turns him into more of a pivotal figure. He's a man in search of godhood after the death of his father, battling an Athenian warlord named Themistocles. The story takes place over the course of several years, but the focal point is the battle of Artemisium, which occurred in 480 BC.

I'm afraid this next bit of news only serves those who took note in October that Guillermo del Toro's PACIFIC RIM had been moved from July to May. If you're like I, completely benighted by such a fact, no harm no foul comes with this release date shift. You see, Warner Bros. has bumped PACIFIC RIM back to its original release month, now set to hit July 12, 2013. It will open against GROWN UPS 2, which has a sad probability of doing better business.

Spanning two worlds, PACIFIC RIM cracks when: When an alien attack threatens the Earth's existence, giant robots piloted by humans are deployed to fight off the menace.

With Ron Perlman, Idris Alba, Charlie Hunnam, Charlie Day, Clifton Collins Jr., Rinko Kikuchi (below), Rob Kazinsky and Willem Dafoe appear starring in the picture - PACIFIC RIM comes crashing July 12, 2013.

Extra Tidbit: Which do you want to see more: 300 or PACIFIC RIM?
Source: Warner Bros.



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