Warner Bros. Pictures has pushed back “Pan,” their Hugh Jackman-led, Joe Wright-directed retelling of the “Peter Pan” story, by almost three months. Originally slated for a July 24th debut, the film has now been pushed to October 9th.
U.S. distribution head Dan Fellman says: “We wanted to give Pan the space to extend its theatrical run, so taking it out of the cluttered summer season made the most sense. Moving the film to the heart of the fall will allow us more time to screen the picture, enabling us to capitalize on what we anticipate will be strong word of mouth.”
Director Joe Wright says the delay also gives them much needed additional time for the film’s visual effects: “As you might expect, the fantastical story of Peter Pan involves very complex effects and I did not want to compromise on quality in finishing the film. This allows me and my team the time to complete the movie and tell the story the way it should be told.”
Warners ain’t exactly lacking product for the Summer with nine movies slated to open between May and August including the likes of “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Magic Mike XXL,” “The Man from UNCLE,” “San Andreas,” “Entourage” and more.