The Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis-starrer will now only be released in February.
Warner Bros has pushed back the Wachowski siblings’ latest sci-fi extravaganza Jupiter Ascending to Feb 6, 2015 from its original July 18 release date. Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis star in Jupiter Ascending alongside Eddie Redmayne, Douglas Booth and Sean Bean.
An individual familiar with the project told TheWrap that the delay was necessary due to the film’s intensive VFX, which will not be completed in time for an international rollout this summer.
Jupiter Ascending will now open against Lionsgate’s Johnny Depp movie Mortdecai, and Universal and Legendary’s long-delayed fantasy film Seventh Son, which stars Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore.
Warner Bros has already moved its Liam Neeson crime thriller Run All Night to an unspecified 2015 release date to avoid competing with itself for the young male audience that Jupiter is expected to attract.
Jupiter Ascending has been plagued by bad buzz since its initial trailer and many industry insiders have predicted it would underperform at the summer box office, given its hefty price tag, which is believed to be north of US$150mil (RM480mil).
Movies that benefit from Jupiter’s abrupt exit from the summer movie calendar include 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. The Wachowskis are coming off of the three-hour sci-fi epic Cloud Atlas, which was a critical and commercial disappointment. — Reuters