Upcoming Movie Season Taking Shape: 'Red Dawn' Remake, 'Star Trek 2' Release Dates

A remake that will be three years old by its release will lead off an interesting-looking 2012-2013 slate of releases.

The remake of the 1980s Cold War "What-If" thriller "Red Dawn" has been in a sort of Purgatory for the last three years since being completed in 2009. But finally, there's a set date when it will hit theaters.

The remake starring Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson, Adrianne Palicki, Isabel Lucas, Connor Cruise and Jeffrey Dean Morgan will now hit theaters Nov. 2, 2012. What held up the movie? Chalk it up to a combination of MGM's dire financial straits and a topical decision to change the plot's invaders from Chinese to a North Korean force.

Elsewhere, Sony has opened up some prime real estate to be occupied by a crucial Paramount release. The distributor swapped out the pre-Memorial Day Weekend 2013 release date for Roland Emmerich's "Singularity" for a Nov. 13, 2013 bow.

Instead, that 2013 weekend will now be led by the hotly anticipated sequel to J.J. Abrams' 2009 "Star Trek," which is set to begin production in January 2012, on May 17 that year. Its main competition so far that weekend? Ironically another Sony release: a feature-length version of the Patrick Jean video game short "Pixels."

One last release-date audible: a 2012 presidential election has bumped Kathryn Bigelow's untitled Osama Bin Laden thriller. It was originally to hit theaters Oct. 12, 2012. Sony decided instead to delay it until after the election and release it on Dec. 19, 2012, which will still qualify it for that year's Oscar races and may have it peaking at just the right time to be a contender.