The holiday season of 2013 just got a little bleak for moviegoers when two much-awaited high profile films, Kenneth Branagh's spy franchise reboot - Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and George Clooney's WWII drama, The Monuments Men got pushed from their original December release.
These two films are only the latest to join the bandwagon of other Hollywood fares that have been bumped off the 2013 calendar. Here are 10 of the hugely-awaited films that you were suppose to watch this year but will now have to wait for, till their release in 2014:
Mary Shelley's popular character gets a new face in Aaron Eckhart in this film that follows the adventures of Adam Frankenstein as he gets involved in a war between demons and gargoyles. The film was originally slated for February 2013, then September and now unfortunately, is pushed to January 24, 2014.
300: Rise of an Empire
A big disappointment for Frank Miller fans yet again. This sequel to 300 was originally slated for an August 2, 2013 release. But now, following on the lines of its predecessor (which released on March 2007) will follow suit and release on the same date in 2014. Coincidentally, another Frank Miller epic, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For starrer Eva Green is in this one too, playing the role of warrior woman Artemisia.
The Monuments Men
This star studded World War 2 drama has got George Clooney along with Matt Damon, John Goodman, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, and Jean Dujardin among others playing a group of art historians and museum curators. They have been assigned the task to save priceless works of art from Nazi destruction. The film, reportedly needs more time for visual effects work and for Alexander Desplat to record the score. It was originally scheduled for a December 18 release but has been delayed until February 7, 2014.
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
This spy thriller directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Chris Pine was originally going to get a Christmas Day release but has now been moved to January 17, 2014. Reportedly the film was pushed ahead to make room for Martin Scorsese's Leonardo Dicaprio starrer, The Wolf of Wall Street.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
This sequel to Sin City was first announced way back in April 2005 soon after the release of the original film. But director Robert Rodriguez got involved with various other projects (including the Machete movies and Spy Kids series). He's back now in Frank Miller's dark and gritty world and has got Eva Green with Josh Brolin to light up the screen in this shadowy black and white crime thriller. A Dame to Kill For was suppose to release on October 4, 2013 but is now moved to August 22, 2014.
Channing Tatum stars as Mark Schultz in this adaptation of the Olympic wrestling gold medalist's autobiography. The film also stars Mark Ruffalo and Steve Carell in key roles. Directed by Bennett Miller (Moneyball, Capote), this film was set for its world premiere at AFI Film Fest in November followed by a theatrical release in December but has been delayed until sometime in 2014 to give the filmmakers "more time to finish the film," according to Deadline.
Alex Murphy returns as the crime fighting cyborg in this remake of the 1987 film. The film stars Joel Kinnaman as RoboCop and Michael Keaton as Raymond Sellars, the head of a corrupt multinational empire. RoboCop was originally slated for an August 2013 release but later moved to February 7, 2014.
Grace of Monaco
Nicole Kidman plays Grace Kelly in this true-life drama about the 1960s political dispute between Monaco's Prince Rainier III and France's Charles De Gaulle. The film, directed by Olivier Dahan was originally scheduled for December and then November but seems like it won't be able to make it to the Oscars selection list as it will now open on March 14, 2014.
Walk of Shame
Director Steven Brill's dark comedy starring Elizabeth Banks is about how a one-night stand leaves Banks stranded in downtown Los Angeles without a phone, car, ID or money and she has only eight hours to make it to the most important job interview of her life. The film was expected to open on September 20, 2013. But this date has now been revised to March 7, 2014.
Knights of Badassdom
Production for this film commenced in July 2010, so it has been long in the making. This comedy horror film directed by Joe Lynch and starring Peter Dinklage (from Game of Thrones) was suppose to release in the first half of 2013. News on the film exact release date is still awaited.