‘Jupiter Ascending’ Delayed Until February, 2015

'Jupiter Ascending' Delayed Until February, 2015

Citing the need to finish extensive special effects, Warner Bros. has delayed the Andy and Lana Wachowski movie “Jupiter Ascending” from July 18 to Feb. 6, 2015.

The decision came less than seven weeks before the sci-fier was due to open. Domestic distribution chief Dan Fellman said that the Wachowskis needed more time to complete their work on more than 2,000 special effects shots in the film.

“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.”

Fellman also said noted that “Jupiter Ascending” would now open on the same weekend that Warner Bros. used for “The Lego Movie” this year. The exec said that the sci-fier had been shown in rough form at test screenings.

Fellman also noted that both “Lego” and Disney/Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” which opened in early April, had delivered strong results outside the traditional tentpole corridors. “Lego” grossed $460 million worldwide and “Winter Soldier” has topped $700 million.

Channing Tatum (pictured above), Mila Kunis, Eddie Redmayne, Douglas Booth and Sean Bean are starring. The Wachowskis produced and directed from their own script.

The story, set at a time when humans are at the bottom of the evolutionary ladder, follows a woman targeted for assassination by the queen of the universe.

Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow co-financed “Jupiter Ascending,” which has a price tag of $150 million project.

The studio’s seen a mixed summer so far with “Godzilla” performing well but Adam Sandler’s “Blended” delivering unimpressive results. Warners faces uncertain prospects for this weekend’s launch of Tom Cruise’s “Edge of Tomorrow”; its other summer entries are Clint Eastwood’s “Jersey Boys” on June 20, Melissa McCarthy’s roadtrip comedy “Tammy” on July 2 and disaster-actioner “Into the Storm” on Aug. 8.

To make room for “Jupiter Ascending” on the 2015 date, Warner Bros. pulled actioner “Run All Night,” starring Liam Neeson and Joel Kinnamon, off the date. The studio said only that it would release “Run” at some point in 2015.

“Jupiter Ascending” will open against Lionsgate’s “Mortdecai,” starring Johnny Depp, and Universal’s “Seventh Son,” starring Jeff Bridges. “Seventh Son,” produced and financed by Legendary Entertainment, was delayed three times by Warner Bros. before its co-financing deal with Legendary lapsed last year.

“Jupiter Ascending” was originally dated by Warner Bros. for July more than a year ago.

The departure of “Jupiter Ascending” leaves three major titles opening on July 18 — Sony’s comedy “Sex Tape,” Disney’s family cartoon “Planes: Fire and Rescue” and Universal’s horror sequel “The Purge: Anarchy.”

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 2008. They produced and co-directed “Cloud Atlas,” which was financed independently and grossed $130 million worldwide in 2012.


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  1. raonull conover says:

    So WTF does “A lot of the issue for us was getting it ready for the international release, since the foreign territories need additional time.” have to do with the VFX?! So we need ‘explosions-in-Mandarin’ now and thats the delay?!

    Either this article or the movie makers are run by idiots. Probably both.

  2. Pixworks says:

    The main reason why they delayed it was because WB saw that it was expecting to bomb because of its crowded release date so they moved it to a more open date instead.

  3. thatmovieyousee says:

    Reblogged this on That Movie You See.

  4. Niamh says:

    Truly no matter if someone doesn’t know after that its up to other people that they will assist, so
    here it takes place.

  5. Jesus, Variety, I just saw the other comments and it’s embarrassing for a publication of your stature to be overrun with spam like this. Go install Akismet or something like every blogger on earth.

  6. “The departure of “Jupiter Ascending” leaves three major titles opening on July 18 — Sony’s comedy “Sex Tape,” Disney’s family cartoon “Planes: Fire and Rescue” and Universal’s horror sequel “The Purge: Anarchy.”

    That’s a very generous definition of “major title.”

  7. moebius22 says:

    The male lead looks ridiculous.

  8. Ivan says:

    Not surprised. Guardians of the Galaxy is released a few weeks later & will bury this very dodgy looking movie.

  9. Right away I am going to do my breakfast, later than having my breakfast
    coming yet again to read other news.

  10. harry georgatos says:

    The trailer seems like an over-decorated crappy computer drawings and the movie smells like a monumental stinker of the highest order. The Wachowskis have only two good movies in The Matrix and the indie film Bound, as for their other films are bloated CGI eye candy with bland stories that try to masqurade with an IQ. A Feb release is the end of school holidays which means movies studios can’t sell get dumped in that godawful month as it becomes a crap shoot at the box office with fingers crossed.

    • Speed Racer was an entertaining movie from start to finish. And I liked V for Vendetta.

      • harry georgatos says:

        V for Vendatta was closely translated from the grahic novel so 80% of the job was done. Speed Racer seemed like a movie for that 1% of super smart kids with a complex narrative for young kids involving share markets and stock prices which would have gone over the heads and interests of most young ones, who that film was intended. I would give The Matrix reboot to an experience director like Brian De Palma who has been stranded outside the Hollywood studio system in oblivion then some young upstart.

  11. I Survived Cloud Atlas says:

    I downloaded the trailer for this one months ago…and I didn’t know what to make of it. Now today I read they’re postponing its release until next February, ostensibly due to fx issues. I’m beginning to smell “big time problem picture”. Tatum’s ears sure are cute, though.

  12. Angel torres says:

    Yet another delayed movie i will not go see. The studios will not get nor deserve my money. As a huge movie fan, i look forward to some of these summer movies and pay attention to the upcoming dates. It is disappointing to see movie studios change dates for stupid reasons or in this case, no reason. I will shelve it with G.I.Joe 2 and Robocop as movies that changed dates suddenly. Have yet to see them nor will i watch this in February

    • Higher Standard says:

      Right… Because Delaying a movie in order to make it better is bad now. You would rather have a rushed out movie like Ant-Man which has zero direction at this point, yet it will still make its release date, obviously taking a hit to its quality, Instead of movies like Batman vs Superman or Jupiter ascending which are getting delayed because they need more time to work on the movies. Lol I will take a Quality movie over an on time release date any time of the year.

      • puftwaffe says:

        If it were expected to be a “quality” movie (after some additional work), it would have been pushed to Christmas and not February. That’s where studios dump films they expect to bomb. In this case, the release date pretty well confirms that it will stink.

  13. sammyglick says:

    The studio doesn’t have to give a reason…as its clear from the trailer, this is going to be another costly BOMB. WB are probably delaying the release for financial reasons as this flick has TURKEY written all over it. It’s stunning, this 3rd rate sci-fi dreck came from the same filmmakers behind Matrix, Bound and Cloud Atlas.

    • Joe Allen says:

      And what was wrong with The Matrix and Cloud Atlas?? Oh let me guess….you had to use your brain while watching! Darn Wachowski’s must be making another thought provoking film.

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