“Jupiter Ascending“, the latest film by helmers Lana and Andy Wachowski (“Matrix”) will not be released in six weeks as scheduled. The film was originally set to arrive on July 18, but now we can expect a 7 Months delay for an expected release date scheduled for February 6, 2015. We don’t have any specific details revealing the reasons why the film is being postponed. Warner Bros.’ domestic distribution chief Dan Fellman said in a statement that the creative duo requires “more time to complete their work on more than 2,000 special effects shots in the film,”
The exec elaborated on the time constraints:
“With the July release date, they were just not going to make it on time,”
“A lot of the issue for us was getting it ready for the international release, since the foreign territories need additional time.”
Time constrains to apply the final touches seems to be the most fitting answer at this stage. Budgeted at a hefty $150 million, the last thing Warner Bros can afford is another mishap. Warner Bros. has released five films in a row that have under-performed at the box office, including “Jack the Giant Slayer”, “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone”, “Getaway” and “Bullet to the Head”. Not to mention the Johnny Depp starrer “Transcendence” which everyone expected to take off with a bang but proved to be a dismal failure. It is not all doom and gloom for WB, strong openers such as 300: Rise of an Empire, The Lego Movie and Godzilla assisted to skyrocket the studios’ total cume to the 1 billion mark for the year.
‘Jupiter Ascending’ was originally set to compete against strong contenders such as “Sex Tape”, “The Purge: Anarchy”, and “Planes: Fire & Rescue”. The playing field seems a bit more even with the new release dates, now pitted against Johnny Depp’s “Mortdecai” and Jeff Bridges’ “Seventh Son”.