Fans who have been anxiously awaiting the Wachowski siblings’ next movie, “Jupiter Ascending” has just been handed some very bad news. The sci-fi film, about a warrior (Channing Tatum) who is sent to save a girl (Mila Kunis), was supposed to hit theaters in July 2014, part of the huge summer blockbuster slate. That had to be exciting news for fans that have followed the Wachowski’s since they broke out with their “Matrix” movies. However, the movie has now been pushed back.
Movies get pushed back for many reasons. In some cases, the studio needs to put more work into it. Sometimes, there are problems behind the scenes that cause the movie not to finish on time. Other times, the studio has no faith that the movie will be any good at all. The move of “Jupiter Ascending” looks more like the latter cause. “Jupiter Ascending” has now been pushed to a Feb. 6, 2015 release date. This is horrible news because that is one of the slowest times at cinemas and makes it look like Warner Bros. is just dumping it there to get it out of the way.
With “Jupiter Ascending” moved to 2015, here is a look at some other delays, each movie moved for a different reason.
“Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice”
The huge meeting between Batman and Superman on the big screen was supposed to come in the very crowded 2015 movie year. However, the movie couldn’t meet that release date and will now get sent into theaters in 2016 on the exact same day that the third “Captain America” movie will hit theaters. This move had nothing to do with low expectations, but the fact is that the movie wasn’t ready to shoot yet. Script re-writes were requested and changes were made. Add in an injury to Ben Affleck, who plays Batman, and the “Batman V. Superman” moved to give filmmakers more time to finish it.
“G.I. Joe: Retaliation”
“G.I. Joe: Retaliation” followed up a fun but underwhelming first movie in the franchise based on the classic toy line. This sequel was supposed to hit theaters in June 2012. However, one month before the film’s release, Paramount announced they were pushing it back a full year. The new release date was March 2013, and while many questioned the quality of the movie as the basis of the move, there were other reasons. Paramount saw how huge 3D movies were internationally and wanted to safeguard themselves for a possible domestic failure by adding 3D. That took the year delay to convert the movie to 3D.
“The Cabin in the Woods”
Finally, in a case of the studio having no faith whatsoever in a film, “The Cabin in the Woods” was shot in 2009, directed by Drew Goddard and written by Goddard and Joss Whedon. Fans of Whedon anticipated the release of the film, which was put off for two years. The excuse here was that they wanted to convert it to 3D, but the fact is that it was caught up in the MGM bankruptcy mess and then sold to Lionsgate. They released it in the dead zone that is January, and might have been surprised by the results.
“The Cabin in the Woods” starred Chris Hemsworth, whose “Thor” movie was shot after this but came out in theaters before the meta-horror movie hit. Joss Whedon signed on to make “The Avengers,” so suddenly the cast and creators were more popular than the movie. Then, when the film was released, it was a huge critical success and remains a cult favorite.