Thor 2: Thursday brought word that former Warner Bros. President and COO Alan Horn is the new chairman of Walt Disney Studios, the position formerly held by Rich Ross — and speculated by some as Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige's next gig. Shortly following that announcement came news from Deadline that Disney was switching up the release dates to a couple of their pictures, including Thor 2, moving a week up to November 8, 2013. (So for those of you who plan your weekends out 18 months in advance, make changes accordingly.) X-Men: First Class sequel: The untitled follow-up to 2011's X-Men: First Class made its release date official today: July 18, 2014 — the same year as the Amazing Spider-Man sequel, Captain America 2 and the untitled Marvel Studios project scheduled for May 16, 2014. Also: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes on May 23, 2014, and a 3D conversion of 1996's Independence Day — dubbed, yup, ID43D — on July 3, 2013. The Avengers: With more than $1.3 billion made worldwide so far, space looks to be the final frontier for The Avengers, as, per a Disney press release on Thursday, the movie will be screened on board the International Space Station, for its six-person crew of real-life guardians of the galaxy. The Walking Dead: AMC's Walking Dead television series is faithful to the comic book in many ways, but has one major, fundamental difference — it's in color. The Wrap reports that the network is remedying that on the weekend of July 7-8, as they're airing the first episode of the series in black-and-white as part of a marathon of the show's entire first two seasons. Red: Lionsgate is looking at adapting several of their film properties into television shows, Deadline reports, including Red, the 2010 movie based on the Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner comic book series. The Expendables and Step Up, two very different franchises, are also under consideration. Got a comment? There's lots of conversation on Newsarama's FACEBOOK and TWITTER!
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