The sequel would have been Tatum's fifth major release of 2012, but Paramount is saving something for next year
Well it looks like Channing Tatum will have to save something for 2013.
The rising star has already appeared in three movies this year — "Haywire," "The Vow" and "21 Jump Street" — with another film, the stripper drama "Magic Mike," due out in June.
He'll have to settle for four major releases, however, because Paramount said Wednesday that it is pushing back the opening of "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" from this summer to next year. It will now be released in 3D, which, thanks to its higher ticket prices, should goose grosses.
In the film, Tatum plays Duke, the leader of the "Joe." He will be joined by Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson in this installment, which should send testosterone levels soaring to critical levels.
The sequel to the army toy flick was scheduled to debut on June 29, where it would have faced off against "Magic Mike." It will instead shift to March 29, 2013 where it will duke it out with "The Host," an adaptation of a novel by "Twilight" writer Stephenie Meyer.
The move does deprive Paramount of one of its big summer tentpole films, leaving "Madagascar 3" as its best hope of salvaging a season that kicked off unspectacularly last weekend with the lackluster $17.4 million debut of the satire "The Dictator."
That's a big change of pace from last year, when Paramount's slate overflowed with blockbusters like "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," "Captain America: The First Avenger" and "Thor."
Deadline first reported "G.I. Joe"s' release shift.