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What Universal’s Got Coming Up

The studio’s upcoming lineup looks light on blockbusters, heavy on remakes, sequels.

Universal’s slate of releases for the coming year looks to be heavy on remakes and sequels. Here’s the rundown: 
"Couples Retreat"
Release date: Oct. 9
Director: Peter Billingsley
Cast: Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau, Malin Akerman, Kristen Bell, Jason Bateman, Faizon Love, Kali Hawk, Kristin Davis
Logline: Four couples head for what they think is a relaxing vacation in Bora Bora, only to discover they’re required to undergo couples therapy.
 
"Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant"
Release date: Oct. 23
Director: Paul Weitz
Cast: Chris Massoglia, John C. Reilly, Patrick Fugit, Salma Hayak
Logline: A newly undead teenager joins the traveling sideshow Cirque du Freak, where he becomes a pawn in the battle between the vampires and their deadlier counterparts.
 
 
"The Fourth Kind"
Release date: Nov. 6
Director: Olatunde Osunsanmi
Cast: Milla Jovovich, Elias Koteas, Will Patton
Logline: A psychologist investigating the disappearances of people in Nome, Alaska, since the 1960s uncovers a series of alien abductions (the fourth kind, with a sighting being an encounter of the first kind, evidence second and contact third).
 
 
"Pirate Radio" (Focus)
(aka "The Boat That Rocked")
Nov. 1
Director: Richard Curtis
Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Rhys Ifans
Logline: Period comedy about an illegal radio station broadcasting from the North Sea in the 1960s (reportedly budgeted at $50 million).
 
"It’s Complicated"
Release date: Dec. 25
Director: Nancy Meyers
Cast: Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin
Logline: A woman becomes “the other woman” in her ex-husband’s life when they unexpectedly start an affair. Meanwhile, her architect also falls in love with her, creating a rather peculiar love triangle. (Reported budget: $75 million)
 
"The Wolfman"
Release date: Feb. 12
Director: Joe Johnston
Cast: Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt
Logline: Remake of the Universal classic horror tale, starring Del Toro as the Wolfman, with special makeup effects by Rick Baker.
 
 
"Green Zone" (tentative title)
Release date: March 12
Director: Paul Greengrass
Cast: Matt Damon, Amy Ryan, Greg Kinnear, Jason Isaacs, Brendan Gleeson
Logline: Thriller about a foreign correspondent following a pair of CIA agents who are on the trail of weapons of mass destruction.
 
"Repo Men"
Release date: April 2
Director: Miguel Sapochnik
Cast: Alice Braga, Jude Law, Liev Schreiber, Forest Whitaker
Logline: A futuristic thriller about a repo man created out of artificial organs who receives a heart transplant for which he can’t pay, forcing him to go on the run.
 
"MacGruber"
Release date: April 16
Director: Jorma Taccone
Cast: Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, Val Kilmer, Ryan Phillippe
Logline: Based on the “Saturday Night Live” sketch about a laid-back secret agent.
 
Untitled Robin Hood Adventure (formerly Nottingham)
Release date: May 14
Director: Ridley Scott
Cast: Russell Crowe, Sienna Miller, Mark Strong, Vanessa Redgrave
Logline: Updates the classic Robin Hood tale.
 
"Get Him to the Greek"
Release date: June 11
Director: Nicholas Stoller
Cast: Russell Brand, Jonah Hill, Rose Byrne
Logline: A Judd Apatow-produced comedy following the exploits of bad-boy rocker Aldous Hill (Brand) from the Apatow-produced, Jason Segel-penned “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.”
 
"Despicable Me"
Release date: July 9
Director: Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin
Cast: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Jason Segel, Will Arnett (voices)
Logline: Animated film about Gru, who plots to steal the moon at his mother’s urging, and the trio of orphan girls who stand in his way.
 
"Little Fockers"
Release date: July 30
Director: Paul Weitz
Cast: Ben Stiller, Teri Polo, Barbra Streisand, Blythe Danner, Dustin Hoffman
Logline: Sequel to “Meet the Fockers” picks up five years later with the young couple and their twins.
 
"Your Highness"
Release date: Oct. 1
Director: David Gordon Green
Cast: Danny McBride, Damian Lewis, James Franco, Natalie Portman
Logline: Two spoiled princes must go on a quest to save their family and kingdom when an evil wizard casts a spell on their father.

"The H-Man Cometh"
Release date: 2010 TBA
Director: David O. Russell
Cast: Vince Vaughn, Luis Guzman, Elizabeth Banks
Logline: A wise-ass radio call-in show host starts to take on the neurotic qualities of his callers.
 
"Mortal Kombat 3: Devastation"
Release date: 2010 TBA
Director: mink
Cast: Robin Shou, Adoni Maropis, Christopher Lambert
Logline: Third in the series of videogame-based action features.