In a bit of strange release date news, Warner Bros. has pushed the Wachowski Siblings’ sci-fi adventure epic Jupiter Ascending from its planned July 18, 2014 release date back to February 6, 2015. The summer weekend only had Planes: Fire & Rescue, The Purge: Anarchy, Sex Tape, and Wish I Was Here slated as its opening weekend competition. The early 2015 spot, oddly enough, has the Johnny Depp-starring action-comedy Mortdecai, the Liam Neeson actioner Run All Night, and the fantasy film Seventh Son already set to open that weekend. One could argue that the new release date is actually more competitive than the current one, so why the move? Hit the jump for more.
From WB themselves comes word that they have moved the Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis film Jupiter Ascending to February 6, 2015. There’s no official reason for the move at this moment, so let the speculation begin! After the dismal box office returns of their last film, Cloud Atlas, perhaps they’re simply trying to bury the new one? If that were the case, it would make more sense for them to delay it indefinitely. Maybe it’s a matter of post-production work on visual effects or some other sort of technical reason. As I write this, THR reports that more work is needed on the film’s special effects, so I’ll keep my fingers crossed that this is the only reason for the delay. However, as Variety’s Stuart Oldham tweets:
Been hearing nothing but terrible things about the Wachowskis’ “Jupiter Ascending” for months.
I think I’ll see for myself next February when the film opens, thank you very much. Take a look at the beautiful, but ultimately futile international trailer for Jupiter Ascending below:
Here’s the official synopsis for Jupiter Ascending:
From the streets of Chicago to the far-flung galaxies whirling through space, “Jupiter Ascending” tells the story of Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis), who was born under a night sky, with signs predicting she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning other people’s houses and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along—her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.