LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Sony Pictures took a good look at its recently acquired Kevin James comedy, "The Zookeeper," and saw summer sizzler written all over it.
As a result, the movie, which combines live action and animation, is moving from a scheduled October 8 release date to July 8, 2011.
By delaying the film's release, the studio stands to benefit from a more lucrative box-office play period.
The voice cast for the caged creatures includes Adam Sandler, Sylvester Stallone, Cher and Rosario Dawson.
Most production on the picture is complete, except for some visual effects involving the talking creatures -- who yack throughout "Zookeeper" with zookeeper James.
Sony recently acquired control of the project from MGM, its co-producer on "Zookeepers."