Yet another fairy tale-based project has vacated its 2012 release date, less than two weeks after Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters was pushed back to 2013. The latest fantastical adventure to abandon ship is the Bryan Singer-directed Jack the Giant Killer, which will now be released in spring of 2013, rather than Summer 2012.

The Warner Bros.-backed fantasy flick’s delay has partially affected two of the studio’s other upcoming films: the Jukebox musical, Rock of Ages, which has been bumped back slightly, to take Jack‘s previous spot – and the Medieval tale re-imagining, Arthur & Lancelot, a still-in-development project that has (unofficially) been shelved, for the time being.

Jack the Giant Killer was originally supposed to hit every kind of screen out there (re: 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D) on June 15th of 2012; now, it won’t be arriving in U.S. theaters until March 22nd, 2013, just a week after Arthur & Lancelot‘s previously-set release date. As mentioned before, Rock of Ages has now been shuffled back to that June 15th slot and writer/director David Dobkin’s Arthurian legend flick is without a concrete release date.

It’s a shame that we’ll have to wait so long to see the film that Singer passed over X-Men: First Class to direct; not only did the Jack the Giant Killer teaser hint at an exciting and grand-scale “modernized” fable, but the combination of that entertaining trailer and the film’s excellent cast was enough to land that flick a spot on our most anticipated 2012 movies list. Arthur & Lancelot, by comparison, doesn’t read as being quite so enticing right now, but it has been attracting the interest of top-notch acting talent like Gary Oldman and Marion Cotillard – so, that’s something.

As with all major release date delays, it’s difficult to not be concerned that Singer’s fairy tale re-imagining might not be such hot stuff after all. However, it is possible that Warner Bros. actually made the move for one (or both) of the following reasons:

  1. Arthur & Lancelot hasn’t made enough progress down the production pipeline for it to make its original Spring 2013 release date. Hence, Warner replaced it with Jack the Giant Killer, which is already well on its way through post-production; that will also allow Singer and Co. to polish off the film at a more relaxed pace.
  2. Jack the Giant Killer was originally set to open two weeks after Snow White and the Huntsman, as well as one week before Brave and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter – all three of which will be competing in part for the attention of the fantasy/action crowd (like Jack). By comparison, Singer’s film now has to face off against two titles that appeal to very different demographics: Paul Greengrass’ Captain Phillips (a.k.a. his A Captain’s Duty adaptation) and the DreamWorks’ CGI toon, The Croods.

Not to mention – Jack the Giant Killer will open almost a year exactly after another promising action title that features a nice mix of young and experienced acting talent, ie. The Hunger Games. Seeing how the latter is expected to become a big hit this March, Singer’s movie could feasibly do likewise next year.

To reiterate: Jack the Giant Killer will now hit 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D theaters around the U.S. on March 22nd, 2013.

Source: Warner Bros.