20th Century Fox Changes Release Schedule


20th Century Fox has set a Christmas Day 2009 release date for Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel. It will face Disney’s new animated The Princess and the Frog on that day.

Fox announced a number of changes to its calendar on Thursday, including pushing back The A-Team, which doesn’t have a cast or director, by a year, from June 12, 2009 to June 11, 2010.

John Singleton, who had been attached to direct “A-Team,” has left the project after the studio said it wanted more time to develop the script, which has already gone through a number of rewrites.

Fox also has decided to relocate Dwayne Johnson’s Tooth Fairy from June 2009 to November 13.

In exchange, Fox is moving two youth-oriented comedies out of the first quarter of 2009 and into the summer season: Chris Columbus’ I Love You Beth Cooper, starring Hayden Panettiere, and comedy-adventure They Came From Upstairs.

“Beth Cooper” opens July 10, instead of March 27, while “Upstairs” opens July 31, instead of Feb. 13.

In addition to “A-Team,” Fox moved Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, directed by Columbus, out of 2009. The film will now be released July 2, 2010.

Fox also dated Ramona for release on July 2, 2010.