(Relaxnews) – July’s action spectacular “Jupiter Ascending,” the Wachowskis’ next film, is now expected in February 2015 after Warner Bros elected to allow more time for special effects work.
“With the July release date, they were just not going to make it on time,” the studio’s chief of domestic distribution, Dan Fellman, told Variety, corroborating Deadline‘s own report that VFX work was mounting up.
“A lot of the issue for us was getting it ready for the international release, since the foreign territories need additional time.”
February might not be the traditional pick for a big budget cinematic debut, but most recently it worked for “The Lego Movie” in 2014, while “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” performed well following its April introduction, Fellman noted.
Besides, looking back to 1999, it was the Wachowskis’ breakout sci-fi hit “The Matrix” that helped establish the first-quarter as a viable slot for films with blockbuster aspirations.
With Andy and Lana Wachowski looking for another unqualified critical and commercial success, after “Speed Racer” and “Cloud Atlas,” and backed by $150 million of production budget, it’s important to get extravagant space opera “Jupiter Ascending” up to snuff.
Mila Kunis stars as a toilet cleaner of intergalactic importance, with Channing Tatum the wolf-man tasked with locating her, Sean Bean as Tatum’s master, and Eddie Redmayne as the alien powermonger looking to exterminate Kunis take control of her (and our) home planet.
Its new February 6 release date puts “Jupiter Ascending” on the same weekend as Johnny Depp’s crime caper “Mortdecai,” the Jeff Bridges/Julianne Moore fantasy pic “Seventh Son,” and Warner’s own action thriller “Run All Night,” starring Liam Neeson.