UPDATE: Deadline now reports the film’s delay was due to a desire by the Wachowski’s to have more time to complete VFX work on the film.
It’s been a while since last we saw a new film from The Wachowskis. Cloud Atlas was nice, but it also wasn’t a fully Wachowski picture, considering the inclusion of Tom Tykwer in the director’s chair. Though Cloud Atlas was a fascinating movie in its own right, what we want now is a new “solo” Wachowskis picture. We want something fresh from the team that gave us the uber-popular Matrix trilogy and uber-cult flick, Speed Racer. That need was supposed to be satisfied this July with an all-new space opera from the duo titled Jupiter Ascending, but unfortunately, it now seems we’re going to have to wait a few more months for it to invade our eyeballs.
While no reason is currently being given, Variety is reporting the film has been delayed by Warner Brothers until February 2015 — February 6th, 2015 to be exact. Currently, the studio has Liam Neeson’s Run All Night slated for the slot, but that’s now expected to change. The major release against Jupiter Ascending will now be Legendary Pictures’ Seventh Son instead of The Purge: Anarchy, Planes: Fire & Rescue and Sex Tape.
It’s always hard to speculate on why these last minute shifts are made, but clearly something major has gone down behind the scenes. Warner Bros. marketing campaign for the film had already been kicked into motion with some trailers and posters when this announcement came, so this will sadly go down as a financial loss going into the new February date.
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