Universal Delays ‘Adjustment Bureau,’ Moves ‘Your Highness’ to 2011 and Much More

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Matt Damon and Emily Blunt in The Adjustment Bureau
Photo: Universal Pictures

Nikki Finke at Deadline has posted a bit of a whopper when it comes to release date shuffling as Universal Pictures has juggled three of their upcoming features around the release schedule while setting release dates for a few others.

First off, the Matt Damon and Emily Blunt thriller The Adjustment Bureau has been ushered out of its July 30 summer release slot and will now hit theaters on September 17, typically a dead month for movies. However this year September holds Anton Corbijn’s The American starring George Clooney, Ben Affleck’s The Town, The Adjustment Bureau, Woody Allen’s You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Kevin Macdonald’s Eagle of the Ninth and Oliver Stone’s Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. I don’t know, a strong line-up if you ask me, and I even left a few off. Get the full September schedule here.

Also releasing on September 17 will be Rogue’s Catfish, a film that stormed the Sundance Film Festival this year.

Taking the place of The Adjustment Bureau on July 30 will be Burr Steers’s supernatural romance Charlie St. Cloud starring Zac Efron and Amanda Crew telling the story of a caretaker at a cemetery who manages to have weekly meetings with a younger brother whose accidental death he feels was his fault.

Perhaps the biggest shock for me is the decision to bump David Gordon Green’s medieval comedy Your Highness from October 1 all the way to April 8, 2011. I had the film starring James Franco, Danny R. McBride, Natalie Portman, Zooey Deschanel and Justin Theroux as part of my Oscar tracking “The Contenders” section, but I guess I’ll have to bump it to next year now.

Ron Howard’s Cheaters will release on January 14. Jennifer Connelly just joined the cast, starring alongside Vince Vaughn, Kevin James and Winona Ryder in the story of two best friends and business partners (Vaughn and James), one of which is tortured when he observes his pal’s wife (Ryder) getting intimate with another man in a restaurant and wonders if he should he tell.

Also, the M. Night Shyamalan written and produced supernatural thriller The Night Chronicles: Devil has been set for a February 11 release. The film is directed by Quarantine brotherly duo John and Drew Dowdle and stars Chris Messina, Bokeem Woodbine, Geoffrey Arend, Caroline Dhavernas and Bojana Novakovic in a horror set inside of an office building elevator.

The James Cameron produced 3D feature Sanctum is now set for a March 4, 2011 release. The actioner stars Richard Roxburgh, Ioan Gruffudd, Rhys Wakefield, Alice Parkinson and Dan Wyllie and follows a team of underwater cave divers on a treacherous expedition to the largest, most beautiful and least accessible cave system on Earth.

Finally, a film titled Ballers, of which I currently have no information on, is set for November 4, 2011. If anyone knows what this is please let me know.