Disney Slates ‘John Carter’ Against ‘Prometheus’ In Move That Should Last A Week

Wednesday, January 19 by

The realization that Prometheus can’t push them around and that Tim Burton is just one man has caused Disney to move the dates of two huge 2012 releases. Playlist reports Disney is taking a stand against the Ridley Scott giant Prometheus by moving their summer blockbuster, John Carter of Mars, from June 8, 2012 to March 9, 2012, which pits the two sci-fi epics directly against each other. Of course, this is a chest-puffing move by Disney, and neither side will let their sales be cannibalized by the other, so look for another move in the not-too distant future. The only question will be who blinks first.

In order to make room for John Carter of Mars, the Mouse has moved their original offering that weekend, Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie, to October 5th, 2012. October dates always seem like a good fit for Burton’s fare, but the move was more likely made as he prepares to shoot Dark Shadows next. Plus, Helena Bonham Carter and Johnny Depp have lives too, so maybe they asked Timmy to space that shit out. Frankenweenie is an animated feature-length adaptation of a short Burton did a number of years back, so while it may not be a blockbuster, it will probably appeal to Americans who have gotten to know and love Burton’s recent watered-down type of creepy.