By Oliver Lyttelton | www.oliverlyttelton.com May 20, 2011 at 2:05AM
Sure, you might be able to get your fix of offensively stupid blockbusters with budgets higher than the GDP of a third-world country this weekend with "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," but scratching that itch won't last long, and it's still over a month until the motherload, Michael Bay's latest explod-o-fest, "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" arrives. A month full of films that have plots, and characters, and that don't have a scene where a robot octopus cuts a skyscraper in half.
Fortunately, that wait just got a little shorter: Paramount have announced to Deadline that the film will be arriving worldwide on Wednesday June 29th, two days earlier than its original July 1st date. Praise Optimus! A studio insider told La Finke that "Early response to footage, especially the 3D footage, has been great so we want to get the word out that this film is as good or better than the first and much better than the last." There's that predecessor-bashing that's so popular these days, the same tack that Johnny Depp took during publicity for "On Stranger Tides," and look how well that worked out!
Of course, "Transformers" has two weeks of action movie breathing room either side of its release, so fans of crunching metal will undoubtedly flock to it, and we have no doubt that the extra two days will bring in a truly disgusting amount of money to Paramount. "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" stars Shia LaBoeuf, last-minute Megan Fox replacement Rosie Huntington-Whitley, John Turturro, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich, Ken Jeong, Alan Tudyck and Patrick Dempsey, along with the voice of Leonard Nimoy, clearly going for the Orson Welles approach of making sure his last credited role is in an overblown toy advert, and lands on June 29th.