THE HILLS HAVE EYES 2 is on the move, according to Dread Central. The Fox Atomic sequel to Alexandre Aja’s 2006 hit has been bumped three weeks to March 23, steering clear of David Fincher’s ZODIAC, opening on HILLS 2’s original date of March 2. This now pits the follow-up against James Wan’s DEAD SILENCE (Universal) and the Weinstein Co.’s resurrection of the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES. Things get even more crowded when Dark Castle releases the Hilary Swank-starring religious thriller THE REAPING March 30.
Speaking of the Weinsteins, Variety reports that they’ve also bumped one of their own: 1408, Mikael Hafstom’s adaptation of Stephen King’s short story. July 13 is the new date—a significant delay from May 18, which would have positioned the film on the outskirts of the summer movie season, not in the middle of the blockbuster storm. Now the John Cusack/Samuel Jackson spookfest is up against not only HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX, but Rogue’s Bryan Bertino-directed home-invasion chiller THE STRANGERS, starring Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman. The summer, in fact, is suddenly getting crowded; Lionsgate has shifted its domesticated-zombie opus FIDO from March 9 to June 15 (taking on FANTASTIC 4: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER). Meanwhile, Screen Gems has picked a new April 27 berth for its ghosts-on-the-road spooker WIND CHILL, and Dimension has finally officially acknowledged that its killer-crocodile adventure ROGUE will not be opening in its previously announced February 2 slot, but will instead debut later in 2007.