Universal Makes ” Adjustment ” to Its Release Schedule

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In its second major schedule announcement of the year, Universal Pictures has decided to move the Matt Damon sci-fi thriller The Adjustment Bureau, directed by George Nolfi, back two months to September 17 from its original date of July 30. Taking its place is Burr Steers’ romantic drama Charlie St. Cloud starring Zac Efron, which was originally scheduled for October. One can probably safely assume that The Adjustment Bureau‘s fall release will allow the movie to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Meanwhile, David Gordon Green’s comedy Your Highness, starring Danny McBride and Natalie Portman, moves back nearly six months from early October to April 8, 2011.

Ron Howard’s comedy Cheaters starring Vince Vaughn and Kevin James grabs January 14, 2011, Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, the same slot where James’ Paul Blart: Mall Cop became such an enormous hit. It goes up against Tyler Perry’s next movie and Seth Rogen’s action-comedy The Green Hornet, which just moved there last week.

Two movies with big name producers have also settled into release dates in early 2011 with the M. Night Shyamalan written and produced horror flick The Night Chronicles: Devil, directed by John Erick and Drew Dowdle (Quarantine, The Poughkeepsie Tapes), grabbing February 11, and the James Cameron-produced 3D thriller Sanctum, based on a near-death diving experience, will open on March 4. This may be bad news for Screen Gems’ own 3D thriller Priest, which just had its third move to that date in hopes of getting more 3D screens and is likely to lose some to Disney’s animated Mars Needs Moms! the following weekend.

The acclaimed Sundance doc Catfish will be released September 17, 2010, and one can presume it also will show at the Toronto International Film Festival to build buzz.

Lastly, there’s something called “Ballers“, which we have no idea what that is, but it’s opening on November 4, 2011, and hopefully, Universal will tell us more about that sometime before then.