DreamWorks Animation has set a May 15, 2009 release date for "Monsters vs. Aliens," dodging a titanic battle with James Cameron.
The 3-D animated "Monsters vs. Aliens" had been previously slated to go head-to-head with Cameron's "Avatar," a live action 3-D production. The May 22, 2009 date had been seen as a key box office weekend, even two years in the future, since it was going to pit two massive films gunning for a 3-D format that currently isn't available in close to enough theaters to house both movies.
Conrad Vernon ("Shrek 2") and Rob Letterman ("Shark Tale") are directing "Monsters vs. Aliens," which the studio says "reinvents the classic '50s monster
movie into an irreverent modern day action comedy." It's the first DreamWorks Animation film produced in stereoscopic 3-D technology.
No vocal cast has been announced.
"Avatar," meanwhile, is Cameron's first narrative feature since breaking worldwide box office records with "Titanic." The sci-fi drama stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Sigourney Weaver.