Thursday, September 3, 2009 at 4:09PM
So it looks like The Green Hornet can't get out of its own way. On the same day it was announced that the film is now underway, Disney announced that Tron Legacy will open on the same day Hornet just moved to - December 17, 2010.
Initially, the film - a sequel removed from its inspiration by nearly 30 years - was slated for a late 2011 release, but once production began and it became clear that this was a movie people were very excited about, the date shifted to sometime in 2010, as indicated by the Comic Con trailer.
This helps it avoid The Hobbit, and there's nothing particularly overwhelming about the line-up of Green Hornet, Smurfs, and Yogi Bear on the 17th of December next year. Also of note is the schedule surrounding Tron, which includes Voyage of the Dawn Treader and Gulliver's Travels. So really: Nothing much.
The faboys, to use a convenient but usually incorrect term, that will be stoked for Tron will have probably also seen the Narnia film already, so there's not much carryover from that film's release on the 10th to Tron the following week.
And for my money, they've gone about this sequel the right way, bringing back Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleitner and not relying on a burgeoning young male star to move tickets. Like Avatar, this one will be more about the overall experience than it will be a movie star vehicle.