Here’s yet another juggle of Warner Bros’ release schedule — the third one today. Pan, the live-action film about Peter Pan that stars Hugh Jackman and Rooney Mara, won’t make its July 24 release date, so the studio is moving the 2D-and-3D picture to the fall. Now it will bow October 9 in theaters, including Imax. In making the announcement, the studio said it is “giving both the film and the filmmakers some extra breathing room.”
Director Joe Wright expressed his appreciation. “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,” he said in a statement. “This allows me and my team the time to complete the movie and tell the story the way it should be told.”
By moving Pan out of the summer, the studio takes it out of a summer tentpole-cluttered season, which includes both Terminator Genisys and Ted 2 in June along with Ant-Man in July and the kid-friendly Minions from Universal, which would have bowed one week before.
Pan follows the beginnings of the beloved characters created by J.M. Barrie who live in Neverland. Jackman plays Blackbeard, and Mara will play Tiger Lilly. The cast also includes Levi Miller as Peter Pan, Garrett Hedlund, Amanda Seyfried and Adeel Akhtar (not to be confused with Adele Dazeem).
Wright is directing the project from a screenplay by Jason Fuchs. Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Oscar nominee Paul Webster (Atonement) are producing, with Tim Lewis serving as executive producer.
Warners today also also announced its next three movies in the Lego franshise as well as a new release date for the animated Storks starring Andy Samberg and Kelsey Grammer.