Paramount have been doing a bit of shuffling to their upcoming release schedule, and have now set the release dates for three of the biggest films on their slate, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, One Shot, and World War Z.

Coming first will be Christopher McQuarrie’s One Shot, the adaptation of Lee Child’s novel in the Jack Reacher series, with Tom Cruise in the lead as Reacher. The film has been set for a 21st December, 2012 release, which will see it up against Judd Apatow’s This Is 40, Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, and Antoine Fuqua’s Hunter Killer.

It will also see it released in close proximity to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Les Misérables (on 14th December), Kathryn Bigelow’s bin Laden film, Zero Dark Thirty (19th December), and The Great Gatsby and Django Unchained (both on Christmas Day).

Next up will be Marc Forster’s World War Z, led by Brad Pitt, which has been pushed back from 21st December (and replaced with One Shot) to 21st June, 2013. This will see it going head-to-head with Monsters University (whilst the audiences are definitely different, the wide pull of the Monsters, Inc. sequel could make for some difficult competition). It also places it in between Zack Snyder’s Superman film, Man of Steel (14th June), and Robert Schwenke’s R.I.P.D. (28th June), led by Ryan Reynolds.

And finally, the live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film! (I’m very much intrigued to see how it turns out.) Paramount have set the film’s release for Christmas Day, 2013. As it stands, that will see it near to Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (20th December) and The Hobbit: There and Back Again (13th December), though undoubtedly more films will be set alongside it before then too.

The film is to be directed by Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles, the upcoming Wrath of the Titans) and co-written by Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol).

These dates are officially only for the US, but they should give us a rough indication of when we can expect to see them here in the UK too.

Source: Box Office Mojo via Collider.