If you’re looking forward to the Wachowski siblings’ next film, “Jupiter Ascending,” then you’re going to have to keep looking forward for a little while longer.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the release date for “Jupiter Ascending,” starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, has been pushed back seven months to February 6, 2015. It was originally slated to open next month on July 18.
The THR report indicates that “Jupiter” needed more special effects work, hence the delay. But the report also notes that, “bad buzz likely sparked concern on the Warner Bros. lot,” as well.
In fairness, the premise of “Jupiter Ascending” is pretty far out there. The movie focuses on a cleaning lady (Kunis) who is captured and nearly killed, only to be freed by a gun-toting alien with elf ears (Tatum), there to rescue her because she’s secretly a galactic princess. Even for the Wachowskis, it’s a bit of a leap.
Whether or not “Jupiter” was moved because the film doesn’t work for the summer blockbuster season, or doesn’t work period, or simply needs some massaging in the visual effects department as according to the official explanation — who can say. What we can say is that the summer of 2014 just got a little less crowded, and the juggernaut field of 2015 has added another possible titan to the mix.
What do you think of the “Jupiter Ascending” release date shift?