20th Century Fox has handed out a July 26, 2013 release date for The Wolverine, the sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine starring Hugh Jackman as the title character. The Wolverine will be going up against Phineas and Ferb and Dirty Dancing.
The release date falls in line with a report from August, which revealed that production will not start until spring 2012. An exact production start date has not been released yet, but it seems this superhero sequel is finally on the right track. James Mangold is directing The Wolverine from a script by Christopher McQuarrie, with Mark Bomback rewriting the draft.
In related news, Summit Entertainment will release I, Alex Cross on October 26, going up against Of Men and Mavericks and Halloween 3D. Matthew Fox, Tyler Perry, and Edward Burns star in I, Alex Cross, an adaptation of James Patterson's long-running novel series centering on detective Alex Cross.
20th Century Fox has also ditched plans to woo Valentine's Day lovers to its action-comedy This Means War, moving it from Tuesday, February 14, to the more conventional February 17 release date.