‘One Shot’ Takes ‘World War Z’s’ Spot & ‘TMNT’ Reboot Gets A Release Date

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 8:48 pm,

Paramount Pictures has reshuffled its upcoming release schedule a bit, bumping up the Tom Cruise-starring One Shot adaptation to December 2012 in order to take the place of the studio’s Brad Pitt-starring World War Z adaptation – which has now been pushed back some six months to Summer 2013.

Meanwhile, Paramount has also settled on a Christmas 2013 release date for its revamping of the live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film franchise. That flick is still officially without a director (though Battle Los Angeles helmer Jonathan Liebesman is heavily rumored for the job) but does have a screenplay in the works from Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol duo Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec.

One Shot was originally slated to hit theaters (no pun) during the slower-going portion of 2013 (specifically, February 8th) but Oscar-winning co-writer/director Christopher McQuarrie’s screen treatment of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novel is now occupying the December 21st, 2012 spot that previously belonged to WWZ. Of course, the new Cruise vehicle will now have direct competition for the attention of action-hungry moviegoers, in the form(s) of Antoine Fuqua’s Hunter Killer and Katherine Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty (the latter opens two days in advance).

It seems as though Paramount is feeling more confident about Cruise’s bankability as an actor, now that Ghost Protocol has thoroughly demonstrated the A-lister can still draw in the masses… at least, with a little help. As it were, Cruise will be getting just that with One Shot, seeing how the solid supporting cast includes increasingly-popular people like Rosamund Pike (Wrath of the Titans), Jai Courtney (Spartacus: Vengeance), and David Oyelowo (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) – not to mention, such decorated vets as Robert Duvall and Richard Jenkins (Killing Them Softly).

With an acting crew like that, One Shot has a better… uh, shot of replicating the success of the fourth Mission: Impossible flick and becoming a winter holiday season hit. Jack Reacher fans might not be so crazy about the idea of Cruise portraying Child’s bulky, neck-snapping anti-hero, but most moviegoers – who are unfamiliar with the One Shot source material – shouldn’t have so many quibbles.

Brad Pitt on the set of 'World War Z'

Paramount has not given an official reason for the World War Z release date delay, though it could be the more downbeat and dramatic nature of the zombpocalyptic thriller convinced studio heads that helmer Marc Forster’s adaptation of the popular Max Brooks’ novel was better fit for a summer release than one during the winter holidays, when cheerier fare tends to triumph (with a title like David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo being the exception to that rule). Remember, World War Z is meant to kick off a new trilogy – so Paramount clearly expects a hit.

World War Z is now slated to arrive in theaters on June 21st, 2013, where it will have no immediate competition to open against (unless Monsters University counts). The grim zombie flick will have to compete with Zack Snyder’s Superman series reboot Man of Steel, which will be in its second week of release – and Steven Spielberg’s own costly sci-fi end-of-the-world blockbuster Robopocalypse begins playing in theaters about a week and a half after WWZ. How much those action titles ultimately will (or won’t) affect one another’s box office business will partially depend on word-of-mouth.

There’s also the controversy concerning how Forster’s World War Z reportedly abandons the “oral history” framework of Brooks’ source material, in favor of a more conventional race-against-time adventure storyline; not to mention, the news that WWZ will only feature PG-13 levels of nasty zombie-related killing. How much those factors will actually affect ticket sales, remains to be seen.

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A new 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' movie is on the way

As for the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie… well, at this point, there’s little to no concrete information to report about the flick in its current state. We’ve long heard rumblings that the film will be grittier and more violent – along the lines of Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird’s original comic book creations – and if someone like Liebesman signs on to direct, that’s all the more likely to be true. As was discussed on a previous SR Underground Podcast episode, we’re mostly just excited about seeing the Turtles back on the big screen (for now).

The TMNT series reboot has Christmas Day 2013 all to itself right now, but that should change sometime over the next 20 months or so. As always, we will keep you posted.

Source: Paramount Pictures

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  1. looking forwart to World War Z, and hope the new TMNT movie is along the same tone as the new batman films, and the amazing spiderman, if not im out.

  2. Totally excited about a new live action TMNT film. Big fan of the comics, the first film,cartoons, and the toys.

  3. I’d like to know if the new TMNT movie will be animated, or live-action CGI?
    I’ve bee a huge fan, ever since I was like 3 years old, so either way (animation or live-action), I’ll be there on opening day.

    • I think it’s supposed to be live action with mo-cap, like Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

      • Planet of the Turtles? Sweet.

  4. still skeptical about how far they are deviating from World War Z source material.

    the book is a collection of stories told chronologically recounting WWZ, and now it’s a race against time to stop the zombie apocalypse from happening?

    why did they even keep the name, they should have called it something else. all they are gonna get by calling it the book’s name and changing to story so much is a bunch of pissed off fans of the book.

  5. this really sucks ive been waiting a really long time for a large budget blockbuster zombie movie and they push it back till next summer? oh well…one shot was shot in pittsburgh and from what i saw it looks pretty cool ill def see it

  6. “Wise man say forgiveness is divine, but never pay full price for late pizza.” I loved the first TMNT movie as a kid as well as the cartoons and comics…but I quickly abandoned them after the Secret of the Ooze and Vanilla Ice’s ninja rap. I’m looking forward to a proper comeback from them.

    I was holding off on reading World War Z until the movie came out, but it sounds as if it will only be similar in name. So, I’ll probably start that after I finish the Barsoom series.

    I don’t know anything about One Shot. But, I’ve found that lately I only like Tom Cruise when he’s playing Ethan Hunt.

    I will be seeing 2 of these 3 for sure.

  7. I’ve never heard of this One Shot is it any good? Either way it can’t be better than zombies, unless they’re PG-13 zombies. I can’t wait for the new TMNT movie I hope it’s at least as dark and gritty as the first one, and if please have Bebop and Rocksteady.

  8. I’m so happy just the other day I was wishing for a new TMNT movie and now it looks like I’m going to get one for Christmas.

    Loved the first two, liked the third and can’t stand the animated one. I just hope that they use Jim Henson studios to design the turtles again or Sam Winston if they can get Jim Henson. But please no mo cap or cgi.

  9. I loved the original Ninja Turtles movie as a kid till this day. It was great, 2nd film was good, 3rd film was ok to watch once in awhile. Didn’t bother watching animated TMNT film. I hope they go live-action & make it as great as the original was. I agree to no motion capture or cgi crap.

    • Um, if you want live-action, but no CGI or Mo-Cap, then… how’s that going to work?
      Costumes? – No thank you.

  10. Then again if the turtles are cgi like the apes in Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, then i hope the film will be great to excuse them to be like that.

    • God, you’ve been trolling all these movie sites telling us how you’re not gonna see ONE SHOT. Can you moan a little more? You’re pathetic.

      • the casting is horrible….how about TOM CRUISE as THOR or CAPTAIN AMERICA? MANY would be moaning! :-)

      • It’s called having an opinion. Look it up.

    • yeah tTom Cruise is like the Bizzaro Reacher, but I can’t think of anybody who fits the bill, maybe Aaron Eckhart if he beefed up a bit. Btw thanks for the wiki link. I had no idea who Reacher was

  11. I’m pretty stoned for TMNT, mocap is cool if its as good as Planet looked ,should make the martial arts look good, though big props to the originals for pulling it of in those bulky suits. As far as WWZ, PG-13 might not be so bad, I mean look at Walking Dead, that show is awesome. I don’t know enoughabout One Shot to say one way or the other.

  12. I am sooooo stoked for the TMNT movie. I am so glad to finally see some news on this movie. I really hope it does well. When it comes to some gritty cool action, I like the style Tony Jaa uses in his Ong Bak movies (Mostly Ong Bak 3)

    Can’t wait!

  13. Isnt roboapcolypse just terminator? Read the book what a let down.

  14. TMNT on the way, but no MOTU? Don’t understand how this could be. It just seems that there is so much more to do with motu then tmnt. We already have three movies. Do we really need to go back there?