Soderbergh’s Contagion Contaminates 2011 in 3D!


Warner Bros. Pictures has announced a slew of movies they will be readying for release in 2011, setting tentative release dates between April and December of next year.

The biggest announcement among them is that Steven Soderbergh will be releasing his virus thriller Contagion, starring Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow and Marion Cotillard in 3D on October 21, 2011. Having spoken with Soderbergh about 3D this time last year, he told how he had been suitably impressed when he was given an early sneak peek at James Cameron’s Avatar, so it isn’t too big a surprise that he has decided to give it a go with his next big movie.

Furthermore, New Line has picked August 26, 2011 for the release of Final Destination 5, the fifth installment of their venerable horror franchise, following the success of the fourth movie in 3D. No word yet on a director, cast or whether they will continue in the 3D realm.

Speaking of 3D, the sequel to one of the movies that started the craze Journey to the Center of the Earth 2 (once known as “Mysterious Travels”) will open on September 23, 2011. No word on whether Mark Waters has signed the dotted line to direct as has been rumored–original director Eric Brevig will be finishing up Yogi Bear–though that should be announced soon. Brendan Fraser and Josh Hutcherson are rumored to be returning to the sequel.

New Year’s Eve, New Line’s follow-up to their hit comedy Valentine’s Day will open on December 9, 2011, taking full advantage of the holiday business leading up to New Year’s Eve proper.

Catherine (Twilight) Hardwicke’s Red Riding Hood starring Amanda Seyfried has been scheduled for April 22, while Todd Lincoln’s thriller The Apparition starring Ashley Greene and Sebastian Stan will be released on September 9, 2011.

Lastly, Warner Bros. has set a August 12, 2011 release date for Alcon Entertainment’s true life comedy Late Bloomer, based on Ken Baker’s novel “Man Made: A Memoir” about a man who experiences his entire puberty in three weeks at the age of 27. It’s being redone as a comedy.

Not to be outshone by the competition, 20th Century Fox has also placed a few movies for late next year including Jonah Hill’s comedy The Sitter on July 15, 2011 and the adaptation of the novel We Bought a Zoo, rumored to be directed by Cameron Crowe, on December 23, 2011.

You’ll be able to read further developments on all these projects as they go into production right up until release right here on!

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