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‘Robot,’ ‘Max’ set dates

Smith-starrer out July 2, 'Mad' July 23

Twentieth Century Fox has announced release dates for summer tentpoles “I, Robot” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” — the cornerstones of the 2004 slate.

“Robot,” starring Will Smith, will march out on July 2.

Meanwhile, fourth installment in the “Mad Max” series, with Mel Gibson reprising the starring role, will roll into theaters nationwide on July 23.

In “Robot,” based on the classic story collection by famed sci-fi writer Isaac Asimov, Smith will play a detective investigating a crime by a robot. The crime is considered unthinkable, for as robots proliferated in the future, the Three Laws of Robotics allowed them to be completely trustworthy companions. (The first law states that a robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.)

Alex Proyas (“Dark City”) directs from a screenplay by Jeff Vintar and Hillary Seitz. John Davis and Laurence Mark are producing.

Fox is mum on the details of the new George Miller-penned “Max” pic, which had been previously set up at Warner Bros.