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Date set for ‘Sorcerers’

Bruckheimer film due out July 2010

Disney has set a July 16, 2010, release date for Jerry Bruckheimer-produced family adventure “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.”

Also on Thursday, Warner Bros. made additions and changes to its 2009 calendar. Studio will open James McTeigue’s “Ninja Assassin,” instead of horror pic “The Box,” on Nov. 25, with “The Box” now bowing Oct. 30. Studio originally intended to open “Ninja” in 2010.

Dating of “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” gives the Mouse House three event pics in summer 2010. The other two are “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” (May 28) and “Toy Story 3” (July 18).

Jon Turteltaub is directing the live-action pic, based on the famed “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” segment in Disney’s “Fantasia.”

Modern-day update stars Nicolas Cage and Jay Baruchel. Lensing begins this month.

“Sorcerer’s Apprentice” enters a crowded playing field, but it has an advantage in carrying the Disney and Bruckheimer brands. Disney is using the same frame that Warner Bros. will have used for two of the “Harry Potter” pics, including this summer’s “Half-Blood Prince.”

When dating “Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” Disney also said it is moving back this year’s release of Sandra Bullock-Ryan Reynolds romantic comedy “The Proposal” from June 12 to June 19.

The relocation gets “Proposal” out of the way of Denzel Washington-John Travolta actioner “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3,” which Sony opens on June 19.

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