Release date shuffles for 'Robopocalypse,' 'Lone Ranger' and 'X-Men' prequel sequel

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Further confounding the Mayan calendar, the Robopocalypse has been postponed another year until summer 2014.

Steven Spielberg’s film about the epic collapse of our civilization at the mechanical hands of soulless automatons was originally due July 3, 2013, but 20th Century Fox (which is co-financing the film with DreamWorks, and Disney’s Touchstone distributing) announced today the movie has been shifted to April 25, 2014.

That will give Spielberg and Co. more time to develop the project, and hopefully persuade his Lincoln star Daniel Day-Lewis to cameo as a bloodthirsty, killer version of Disneyland’s “Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln” animatronic attraction. (Hey, we can dream.)

Disney announced soon after that Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer’s The Lone Ranger would move back about two months from May 13, 2013 into the July 3 spot vacated by Robopocalypse, while Thor 2 inched forward from Nov. 15 to Nov. 8.

Fox also announced that Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, a sequel to last summer’s acclaimed hit Rise of the Planet of the Apes, will debut roughly a month later on May 23, 2014, evolving just in time for Memorial Day weekend. And the studio laid out dates for a new X-Men prequel sequel, and a re-release of 1996′s Independence Day in 3-D.

The stereoscopic Independence Day — yes, it’s being called ID43D – will premiere just in time for you-know-what, throwing great big chunks of an exploded White House backatcha on July 3, 2013.

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The still-untitled followup to last summer’s 1960s-set X-Men: First Class has been set for July 18, 2014, with Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass) returning to direct, leading to a potential powerhouse summer for Fox with the Marvel mutants,  hyper-intelligent apes, and world-destroying robots.

In 2013, Fox also supplied a new date for the big-screen version of the TV series Walking With Dinosaurs, which moves from Oct. 11 to Dec. 20, while The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, a classic James Thurber story starring and directed by Ben Stiller, will have its debut on Christmas of next year.

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, a sequel to 2010′s Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (based on the books by Rick Riordan), will move from March 15 to Aug. 16, 2013.

Leafmen, based on the storybook by Oscar-winning short film director William Joyce, has gotten a new title — Epic. The animated adventure, about a community of bugs trying to survive in an old woman’s garden, features the voices of Beyoncé Knowles, The Hunger Games‘ Josh Hutcherson, Amanda Seyfried, Jackass star Johnny Knoxville, Parks & Recreation‘s Aziz Ansari, SNL‘s Jason Sudeikis, singer Steven Tyler, and 30 Rock‘s Judah Friedlander. ‪‪It debuts May 24, 2013.

Finally, an untitled comedy with Bridesmaids‘ Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock, directed by Bridesmaids filmmaker Paul Feig, will be released April 5, 2013.

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