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Variety and many other news outlets are reporting that the upcoming action/adventure movie, Jupiter Ascending, starring Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum, has been moved from its July 17, 2014 release date to February 6, 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.”
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The move has caused Liam Neeson's Run All Night to be bumped from that February release to an undetermined date some time in 2015.
Watching the trailers on the Trailers & Videos page for for Jupiter Ascending, it's easy to see that work on special effects may be the reason for the shift (the setting looks almost all-CGI), but shifting a movie that should have some good prospects to February (a month not known for major releases) instead of November seems odd. Perhaps they are trying to avoid clashing with Insurgent, so a late-March release that worked so well for The Hunger Games in 2012 and Divergent this year would have been a problem.
Perhaps this signals a willingness by studios to continue to break out of the traditional release-packed months and more major releases will be spread out into months that were currently used as dumping grounds for movies with little promise...
Thanks to reader Ron H. for bringing this to our attention!
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