Disney Shuffles ‘Monsters,’ Kills the ‘Beast’ and Saves the Date for ‘Prom’

Walt Disney Studios made some announcements earlier today regarding its upcoming slate. Fearing sparkling vampires, Mike Wazowski and Sulley will be making their triumphant return to the silver scream in Monsters Inc. 2 a whopping two weeks earlier now on November 2, 2012.

Despite the tremendous buzz and many supporters, it appears that the already-rescheduled Beauty and the Beast 3D may not make it to theaters in the United States after-all as it has been completely removed from the upcoming release slate. Originally expected to be released in 2010 and then in 2011, the special edition of the film is slated for a limited release overseas later this year.

An update from The Hollywood Reporter suggests the film is still destined for North American theaters, just at a much later date, after consumers have more widely bought into the 3D home theater experience, although that argument appears to hold little water given the number of 3D films being released theatrically to start with, let alone the three releases in 3D from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment later this year (bundled with 2D versions of the films).

Finally, Walt Disney Studios has set a release date for Prom for April 29, 2011.

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