JUPITER ASCENDING Delayed until February 6, 2015

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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.

jupiter-ascending-channing-tatumFrom 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.

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  • Laney

    Turd in the dungeon. TURD IN THE DUNGEON!!!!!!

    • Leo Spaceman

      And come February, I am going to be yearning for a big budget popcorn movie regardless of quality. Studios are realizing that February is no longer a dead month and that it will always have room one bad movie as long as they can call it big budget sci fi movie.

    • Django9000

      Seems like a classic case of- throw more money at tweaking effects. Couldn’t possibly be the script or acting that’s preventing people from finding a way to connect to this film.
      *Cough* Green Lantern *Cough*

      • Leo Spaceman

        There isn’t room for this to be a successful summer blockbuster, there is room to be a successful winter blockbuster.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Go back and tell that to Stallone and Schwarzenegger earlier this year. They’ll just glare at you.

      • Leo Spaceman

        Stallone and Schwarzenegger were trying to create stupid 80′s action films. Those are notoriously hard to sell. I am talking about big budget Sci Fi blockbuster type movies. It doesn’t matter how stupid they are, there is always an audience in need of one. Come February, people are going to be Jonesing for a popcorn flick.

        This is why I think Edge of Tomorrow should be released next March. There isn’t room for a smart original sci fi this summer, but March has shown that it can pull off big numbers for the right movie.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        There’s some truth to what you say, but after Guardians of the Galaxy in the fall, is it really going to feel like there’s a big gap/need for another Sci-Fi space to fill? It’s going to be in the shadow of GotG.

  • Grayden

    Saw the first trailer in front of Maleficent this weekend and just thought…meh. The trailer showed a lot but at the same time it wasn’t coherent and clear. It just gives you the “lowly toilet scrubber girl is actually universal royalty…” And…?

    I dunno, sometimes I think the Wachowski’s are just too ambitious. Their reach exceeds their grasp. There’s style, but almost no substance. It’s the ‘Fifth Element’ meets ‘Anastasia’ but it doesn’t look anywhere near as engaging or entertaining as either.

    • Norrtron

      I would much rather watch an overly ambitious film then most of the paint by numbers flicks that Hollywood turns out.

      • t

        If the film is terrible then who cares? It’s admirable? Again, who cares? In the end people will still be saying they want their money and two hours back.

      • Norrtron

        Well yeah, I’m saying all things being equal I will always enjoy the films that take chances and try to do something unique.

  • Josh Harding

    Nooooooooooooo. I kid you not, I was counting down the days until July 18. This seriously sucks. The Wachowskis are my personal favorite film makers working today; they’re so amazingly ambitious.

    • God’s Diamond

      Ambitious yes, but unfortunately the fruits of their recent labors leave much to desire imo. I had high hopes for cloud Atlas, now I’m glad i bought it at Walmart on black Friday

      • mbmarquis69

        Interesting. Having read and loved the book, it was everything I had wanted and more. Glad I saw it on opening day.

      • mbmarquis69

        Interesting. Having read and loved the book, it was everything I had wanted and more. Glad I saw it on opening day.

      • Lovecraftlives

        What! Cloud Atlas was good! Sorry, you had no imagination for that film.

      • Lovecraftlives

        What! Cloud Atlas was good! Sorry, you had no imagination for that film.

    • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

      I’m not convinced you aren’t kidding. Please post a photo of you and today’s newspaper and some kind of proof of your not kiddingness.

    • jay

      as tribute ill watch Speed Racer and The Matrix Trilogy that weekend

  • Avery Merrick

    Smart move by Warner Bros.
    They most likely knew this would be a major bomb for 2014.

    • Farrell

      I suppose a Feb bomb is less noticeable than a July bomb.

  • Kyle

    Seventh Son is a WB movie, too. WTF????

    Does this mean that WB is going to delay Seventh Son, again?

    • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

      No. Seventh Son is now being distributed by Universal thanks to the fact that WB/Legendary partnership ended last year.

      • Kyle

        Ahh. Forgot about that.

        Still doesn’t make much sense as those two pics are competing for the same audience.

      • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

        No it doesn’t. I hope it is only that they need more time for CGI but I have a sinking feeling that this is WB ordering reshoots or, you know, wanting this movie to be buried, as Dave said in the article.

      • cetrata

        Tracking must have also stunk. Im talking an open I under 10 million.

      • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

        With that competition, I’m not so sure but, who knows, Sex Tape could have won that weekend. I mean, Grown Ups 2 won over Pacific Rim and Sex Tape doesn’t look that bad!

  • TomNewYorker

    nice move actulley, now i could see sex tape first when i come back from Roanoke,
    the only bad thing about the new date, now WB might need to move my film Run All Night with Liam Neeson(which i was an extra for).
    WB should’ve released it probley on February 20th instead, cause the only films opening that day are the natalie partman film jane got a gun and the sean penn flick the gunman.

  • Person

    Test screenings must have been disastrous. Not really surprising – as much as I hope this turns out great, the trailers never really sold it well.

  • Davis

    Are we really surprised that it sucks nards?

  • Doug_101

    If it was just special effects work, I would think they’d have it ready for fall, but the move to the graveyard of February is foreboding. I was hoping this would be good, but the story always seemed a little dopey to me from what I could see in the trailers. Is this the end of Zombie Wachowskis?

    • http://www.fandompost.com/ Chris Beveridge

      Not that I’m saying this is a great film or has potential, but February isn’t quite the dumping ground it used to be. We’re seeing more films landing there and I can see WB hopeful after The LEGO Movie to try and build something more out of there as it was shown that people will go. March used to be a big dumping ground as well and people were surprised when April started picking up better films as well.

      • Doug_101

        Good point on LEGO Movie, but I think that was more of a surprise hit for them than anything else and it’s also a kids movie at heart, so it’s a little bit of a different animal than Jupiter. Daredevil did pretty well for Fox several years ago when they put that into February, but the disconcerting thing with Jupiter Ascending is that they’re moving it there after setting it up as a summer blockbuster. The other two films mentioned were lower profile films from the start.

      • http://www.fandompost.com/ Chris Beveridge

        Oh, definitely, I agree. But I also think that as time goes on we’ll see more bleeding into February. March has had a significant uptick in releases in the last couple of years as things like Hunger Games landed and did well and we’re seeing bigger budget stuff hit there that might get a bit more lost in the silly summer season.

      • Doug_101

        I hope so. Summer is too jam-packed starting in June. In fact, this weekend has two major releases – counter-programming to be sure – that I definitely have to see. It just gets worse from here.

    • http://www.fandompost.com/ Chris Beveridge

      Not that I’m saying this is a great film or has potential, but February isn’t quite the dumping ground it used to be. We’re seeing more films landing there and I can see WB hopeful after The LEGO Movie to try and build something more out of there as it was shown that people will go. March used to be a big dumping ground as well and people were surprised when April started picking up better films as well.

  • chosen1

    It was a day of mourning and much prayer for .000001% of the movie-going masses.

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  • The Flobbit

    This is sad news. I am looking forward to this movie: It looks visually stunning and original.

    • Mixed race rich kid NYC

      Lol
      You have $hitty taste if you thought that looked good

      • The Flobbit

        This from the person with no taste at all.

        How the hell are you back?

      • Mixed race rich kid NYC

        Beotch
        I was never gone
        I have a life you know

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Proof of life, please.

      • KHW5

        Mixed race rich kid NYC is an AH little BEOTCH I hope he gets cancer ASAP and Die. people like him make the world filthy.

      • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

        More like banned. Hence the guest name.

      • The Flobbit

        2012 called: It wants its expletive back.

        Oh, and Planet Earth left a message: It wants you to die.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Planet Earth really takes advantage of its unlimited talk and text package.

      • KHW5

        People have diffrent taste, so what. leave people alone you FK. I hope you get cancer and bye bye BEOYTCH.

  • God’s Diamond

    Cinderella….In space…..With 7 months more special effects added

    matrix is one of my favorite movies and the more movies the wachowski do, the more i think matrix was a fluke

    • The Flobbit

      Cloud Atlas was honestly one of the most ambitious, original, visually and emotionally powerful films I’ve seen in an long time.

      • Person

        I don’t get the Cloud Atlas hype. I thought it was good, but I don’t understand how it’s a masterpiece or anything like that. The twist that connects all the stories was pretty apparent early on, so at that point it was just a matter of spending three hours seeing each story come to its own conclusion, and not every story was as compelling as the others. Like I said, good movie, but I find it hard to see it as anything more than that.

        I do wish it did better theatrically, though, so studios would be more willing to take chances. And it certainly deserved at least Oscar nominations for Best Makeup, Score, and Production Design. Oh well.

      • mbmarquis69

        If I hadn’t read the book, I probably would have felt the same way. The editing for the film was ingenious and made an essentially unfilmable movie filmable.

        Cloud Atlas is and will always be a cult favorite. Just as it should be.

      • mbmarquis69

        If I hadn’t read the book, I probably would have felt the same way. The editing for the film was ingenious and made an essentially unfilmable movie filmable.

        Cloud Atlas is and will always be a cult favorite. Just as it should be.

      • The Flobbit

        I’m afraid I can’t agree with you. But I certainly understand your viewpoint. This is very much a love-it-or-hate-it film. I loved it. You didn’t, and I get that.

      • The Flobbit

        I’m afraid I can’t agree with you. But I certainly understand your viewpoint. This is very much a love-it-or-hate-it film. I loved it. You didn’t, and I get that.

  • nNark

    Look– I know no one can tell what a film turns out to be until it’s finished… BUT… in each of these cases (and many more thru the years), the studio knew what the script was and knew the directors they were hiring. They’re not totally shooting blind with big movies (they often do shoot stupid, but that’s another discussion).
    I can only think that they wanted to pull a visually-sumptuous-but-story-weak expensive film from competition with lots of movies that would swallow it up. And yet, again, studios aren’t blameless: they’ve contributed to making ours an ever-more-disposable culture, and sad to say, all the focus is on the opening weekend and nothing more. It’s a downward spiral in which many are a part.

  • eternalozzie

    maybe they are going to GGI some decent acting in.

    • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

      I wasn’t aware that the technology of giraffe generated imagery had progressed to such an impressive level.

  • LEM

    No surprise, judging from the trailers this will be horrendous.

  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    Saw this coming but thought it would have been delayed until March, a more appropriate month for films of this nature and not a dumping ground like January/February. The month is what makes me think that this film isn’t any good and apprently WB isn’t sure how to market this film to raise interest. As of now they had very low tracking from what marketing that they have used and that’s w the rising star power of Channing Tatum and Mila Kunas *who would have ever thought that Channing Tatum would ever have the word star and power next to his name?*

  • Farrell

    Word is this was tracking for $22M opening weekend. Ouch.

  • Oliver

    I’m not sure why people think its delay is a sign that Warner Bros want to bury it. What do they gain from burying it!? They’ve already spent on marketing. Plenty of studios release shit movies in the middle of summer (Adam Sandlers output). Extra CGI work sounds legit to me considering what we know about deadlines in that sector and the obviously massive amount of CGI that the movie contains

  • ItsAnt

    This movie doesnt look bad at all. I think people are just trying to hate it because Channing Tatum is the lead man. Even if Cloud Atlas was bad, they didnt write. It was a novel they adapted, so people who are assuming this movie will be bad can suck it LOL

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