South Korean filmmakers upset 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' release date moved up

By Kyle Johnson,

South Korean filmmakers aren't very happy that the release date of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in their country was pushed up a week earlier.

The film was set to hit theaters on July 16 in South Korea but now will release on July 10. The large blockbuster could push out screenings of smaller films set to debut that weekend.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Korea Film Producers Association (KFPA) immediately filed a complaint for the release date change up.

"This abrupt change in the release date for such a big-budget Hollywood blockbuster goes against film business ethics," the KFPA said in a statement. "This gives way to not only chaos in the basic order of the film market but also great damage for others."

The association urged that 20th Century Fox Korea move the film back to its original weekend, instead of disrupting film distribution in the country.

Several local films, including The Divine Move were released two weeks ahead of the Hollywood sequel or were set for July 10 so as to not have to compete for screens at movie theaters.

"This will affect the distribution channel for a number of films and will also deprive moviegoers of the opportunity to choose from a variety of titles," Main Title Pictures chief Edward Chang-eon Lee explained to Yonhap News.

With only a week to go until the sequel's premiere at both the domestic box office and now overseas, another teaser-trailer was dropped, which featured a Fourth of July angle in order to both promote the film and celebrate the holiday.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes hits U.S. theaters July 11 and stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke (right) and Gary Oldman.

Image courtesy of Roger Wong/INFphoto.com

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