After Sony commandeered May 2, 2014 for an Amazing Spider-Man sequel that hasn’t shot a frame of film, other studios are casting far into the future and staking out weekends on their tent pole films of the future. Lionsgate has set Nov. 22, 2013 as the opening weekend for Catching Fire, the second installment of The Hunger Games trilogy. The first installment of the Gary Ross-directed series comes out March 23, 2012, with Jennifer Lawrence heading the cast.
Disney has dated one of its future but unspecified Marvel movies for May 16, 2014, and another for June 27, 2014. It also dated an unspecified Pixar film for May 30, 2014, an untitled 3D film by Henry Selick for Oct. 4, 2013 and The Odd Life of Timothy Green for Aug. 15, 2012. The studio isn’t saying yet which Marvel movies will claim those dates. So far, Avengers is dated for May 4, 2012, Iron Man 3 is May 3, 2013, and Thor 2 is July 26, 2013.
Sony Pictures-based producer Matt Tolmach has appointed Robert Kessel to be SVP of production. At Matt Tolmach Productions, Kessel will oversee the development and production of the company’s slate of films. Tolmach exited his co-president of production job at Sony to join the producing roster of the Marc Webb-directed Amazing Spider-Man, and he has since made several recent project acquisitions, including Frankenstein, The Slackfi Project and The Kitchen Sink.
Said Tolmach: “Though I only met Robert earlier this year, I’d known of him for a long time. He is well respected for his great taste, extensive skills, and relationships with filmmakers. He is going to be a tremendous asset to our company and I’m thrilled to have him on my team.”
Kessel most recently served as EVP Production & Acquisitions for Overture Films, overseeing such films as Let Me In and acquiring The Visitor and Sunshine Cleaning. Before that, Kessel was a partner and production head for seven years at Hart Sharp Entertainment, and before that an acquisitions exec at Miramax.