Jupiter’s ascension has been delayed.
Andy and Lana Wachowski’s latest sci-fi venture, “Jupiter Ascending,” starring Mila Kunis and an eyeliner-sporting Channing Tatum, is being pushed back from its original release date of July 18 and will now open Feb. 6, 2015, Warner Bros. announced Tuesday.
The move was designed to give the filmmakers more time to complete the project’s extensive visual effects.
“Jupiter Ascending” stars Kunis as Jupiter Jones, a young woman born on Earth whose “genetic signature” marks her as a target for elimination by the Queen of the Universe. Tatum plays Caine, who becomes Jupiter’s protector, while Sean Bean and Eddie Redmayne also have featured roles.
The film is the first from the Wachowskis after their audacious literary adaptation with Tom Tykwer, “Cloud Atlas,” which was based on the 2004 novel by David Mitchell and starred Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and Jim Broadbent playing multiple interconnected roles across the centuries.
Like their “Matrix” films, “Cloud Atlas” distinguished the Wachowskis as superlative visual storytellers, and “Jupiter Ascending” appears to continue that tradition, with the same mix of futuristic spectacle and existential exploration that catapulted the duo to international acclaim with “The Matrix” nearly 15 years ago.
The new date has one interesting implication for the summer of 2014: this year’s blockbuster season now features no films directed (or codirected) by women.
By Gina McIntyre