20th Century Fox Switches things up and Singleton leaves A-Team Film

by Joey Paur

Fox is really perfecting the art of pissing off the creative talent thats for sure. 20th Century Fox juggled around all their projects and release dates recently, drving John Singleton to leave the A-Team film project. The film now has no cast and no director. The release date was pushed from June 12, 2009 to June 11, 2010. Variety reports:

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.

Sounds to me like A-Team is on the path to becoming a craptastic movie. On top of that here are all the other changes that FOX has made:

Fox also has decided to relocate Dwayne Johnson family pic "Tooth Fairy" from June 2009 to the high-profile Thanksgiving frame. Pic opens Nov. 13.

In exchange, Fox is moving two youth-oriented comedies out of the first quarter of 2009 and into the summer sesh: 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.

The studio believes the changes round out its previously announced summer tentpole sked, "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian," "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs."

In addition to "A-Team," Fox moved "Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief," directed by Columbus, out of 2009. Pic, about a modern-day man who incurs the wrath of the Greek Gods, will now be released July 2, 2010.

Fox also dated "Ramona," based on the acclaimed book series, for release on July 2, 2010.

Did you get all that? Anyway FOX is trying to be smart. Will it work? It all depends on the quality of their movies.



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