Variety is reporting that the latest take on The Wolfman and the Matt Damon/Paul Greengrass war-drama/thriller, Green Zone, have both been shifted to 2010 by Universal Pictures. Both films originally had a release date set for late this year.

We recently reported on The Wolfman‘s shooting troubles: the filmmakers had to do a series of reshoots, which included a whole new redesign of The Wolfman’s look. The film previously had a February, then April, then November 2009 release date (talk about rescheduling), but I guess the shooting issues effectively forced the studio’s hand and now the film is set to debut on February 12, 2010 – a time of year that has traditionaly used as a dumping ground for bad films.

Green Zone is a war-drama/thriller film that reunites Bourne director Paul Greengrass and star Matt Damon, and is about a pair of CIA agents on the trail of weapons of mass destruction. The film has been moved to March 12th next year, which suggests that the studio isn’t that hopeful about it getting many awards (otherwise  they would have kept it in late 2009 to be eligible for the Oscars).

Perhaps Green Zone is more of an war-thriller (a la The Hurt Locker ) than it is an Oscar-suited war-drama…

Universal President of Marketing and Distribution, Adam Fogelsen, said that, “We have seen just how enormous first quarter movies can be,” and cites the fact that movies in February this year made $215 million compared to the $136 million from November the year before as a (the?) reason for the release date moves.

I have only heard little things about Green Zone (I think I first heard about it in Empire magazine about a year ago), so beyond the desire to see Damon and Greengrass work together once again, I can’t honestly say I’m too concerned about its move.

But with regards to The Wolfman, I’m really quite disappointed. The shooting troubles may absolutely demand the release date be pushed back (and, admittedly, a long-awaited quality movie (if it turns out to be that) is better than a rushed bad one), but I was looking forward to seeing it as soon as possible.

What do you think about The Wolfman and Green Zone being moved ahead to 2010? Do you think the studio’s financial reasoning is understandable?

As stated, The Wolfman is now slated for a February 12th release, and Green Zone is slated for a March 12th release, both in 2010.

Sources: Variety (via Cinematical) and Empire (for the Green Zone pic)