The release of the sci-fi epic “Jupiter Ascending,” directed by Lana and Andy Wachowski, has been delayed until February 2015. Initially the movie was scheduled to hit theater this coming July 18, but it was postponed until Feb. 6, 2015 to complete its intensive visual effects.
Warner Brothers distribution chief Dan Fellman explained to Variety that the directors needed more time to complete more than 2,000 special effects shots in the sci-fi extravaganza.
“With the July release date, they were just not going to make it on time,” he added. “A lot of the issue for us was getting it ready for the international release, since the foreign territories need additional time.”
Actually, the Wachowskis, who produced and directed “The Matrix” and “The Cloud Atlas,” are known for their intricate special effects, and reportedly, the film, co-produced by Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow, has a huge budget of about $150 million. And judging from the trailer, a great amount from this money went to the special effects, so it’s no surprise the movie is postponed.
“Jupiter Ascending” tells a story of cleaning woman, played by Mila Kunis, who discovers that she’s actually the heir to the Earth and in need of protection from a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, played by Channing Tatum.
The film also stars Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne, Doona Bae, Tim Pigott-Smith, James D’Arcy, Tuppence Middleton and Douglas Booth and more.
According to Fellman, the film will be released on the same weekend that Warner Bros. used for “The Lego Movie” this year, which means that it will stand against such projects as Lionsgate’s Johnny Depp movie “Mortdecai,” and Universal and Legendary’s long-delayed fantasy film “Seventh Son,” which stars Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore.
The hit films “The Lego Movie” and Disney/Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” performed well at the box office this year, even though they were released outside the traditional tentpole corridors. And Warner Bros. hopes that “Jupiter Ascending” will get the same success with its new release date.
Nevertheless, the “Jupiter’s” abrupt exit from the summer movie calendar gives way to Universal’s sequel “The Purge: Anarchy,” Sony’s comedy “Sex Tape,” Fox Searchlight’s sci-fi movie “I Origins” and Focus’ Zach Braff movie “Wish I Was Here.”
At the same time, with the new “Jupiter” schedule, “Run All Night,” starring Liam Neeson and Joel Kinnamon, has been pulled by Warner Bros. off its original Feb. 6 release date. The studio has not yet reassigned the date and only that it would release “Run” at some point in 2015.
The news also means the only Tatum film that will hit theaters this summer is “22 Jump Street” later this month. He’ll follow that up with the critically acclaimed “Foxcatcher” in November. Kunis, who scored a rare leading role with “Jupiter,” doesn’t have another live action film on tap until “Ted 2” next summer.
The Wachowskis produced and directed “The Matrix” trilogy for Warner Bros. with the three films grossing over $1.6 billion, followed by the underperforming “Speed Racer” with $93 million in worldwide grosses in 2006. They produced and co-directed “Cloud Atlas,” which was financed independently and grossed $130 million worldwide in 2012, says Variety.