The Wachowskis' new movie won't be rising this summer.
On Tuesday -- roughly six weeks ahead of its July opening --
Dan Fellman, the studio’s president of domestic distribution, said the last-minute move comes as a result of unfinished visual effects.
“We’ve been trying like hell to get this finished,” Fellman said. “But there are over 2,000 visual effects shots in the movie, and it’s just not gonna happen in time.”
But the trailer for “Jupiter Ascending,” which stars
In March the studio seemed to be moving full-steam ahead with the original release plan, sending Tatum and Kunis to CinemaCon, an annual movie theater owner convention in Las Vegas. Standing onstage in front of thousands of exhibitors, the actors read from a teleprompter about how the film would “make you look at things in a new way.” Set in the future, the film follows an Earth-bound janitor (Kunis) whose destiny changes when she meets an interplanetary warrior (Tatum).
Asked why the studio moved forward with that promotional push despite apparent post-production troubles, Fellman said he had long “been concerned about the production schedule, but we thought we could make it.”
“We got down to the wire and we just had to make a decision,” he said. “It doesn’t matter what anybody says. Nobody has seen the movie, so everybody is speculating. People said bad things about ‘World War Z’ when that got pushed, and look how that turned out.”
Meanwhile, the Wachowskis have not had a good run at the box office as of late. Though the three films in their “Matrix” franchise were hits, their last two films, “Speed Racer” and “Cloud Atlas,” flopped in North America. The latter film, starring
As for Warner Bros., its summer comedy "Blended," starring