Hollywood Plans Glut Of Comedies For Summer Months

03/28/2008 02:46 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Hollywood's big studios have found their cure for the surfeit of dour movies last fall and winter: a spring-summer comedy glut.

Not inclined to half-measures, the film industry is about to swing from an awards season stuffed with bleak dramas like "There Will Be Blood" and the Oscar-winning "No Country for Old Men" toward a four-month stretch in which an unusual number of comedies will be crowding the screen.

Roughly half the major-studio releases from April through early July -- the most valuable real estate on companies' film schedules -- will be live-action comedies starring some of the biggest box-office draws, including Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell, Will Smith, Eddie Murphy, Steve Carell and Mike Myers. Hollywood's hoped-for laugh riot stands in stark contrast to the same period last year, which was dominated by fantasy sequels like "Spider-Man 3," "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" and "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix."

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