Source: Deadline Hollywood Daily
After the third chapter in Blue Sky Studio's popular franchise proved to be one of the most successful movies of 2009, 20th Century Fox has set a July 13th, 2012 release date for a fourth film, titled Ice Age: Continental Drift.
The film, as currently scheduled, has picked one of the busiest and most anticipated summer movie seasons on record. Also opening in that general frame: Star Trek 2 (June 29th), the Spider-Man reboot (July 3rd), and the third Batman movie (July 20th), with dates not yet set for still-gestating projects like G.I. Joe 2 and Men in Black 3. However, 20th Century Fox is clearly hoping that counter-programming will work in Ice Age's favor, with parents opting for the family-friendly series over the PG-13 rated sequels.
In the United States, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs posted a strong but generally unremarkable $196.5 million dollar haul. Overseas, however, the film raked in a massive $688.2 million, and it was not alone; several 2009 films, including Terminator: Salvation and Angels & Demons were similarly buoyed by large foreign receipts compared to middling domestic grosses.
The new chapter will be in 3D, same as the previous one, and while it has not been announced, it seems very likely that the star-studded cast, including Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, and Queen Latifah, will all return to reprise their roles.