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Pan, the retelling of Peter Pan starring Hugh Jackman, has a new release date.
The movie was to have opened July 24 but now is being pushed to Oct. 9.
“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,” said the studio’s domestic distribution head Dan Fellman. “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.”
Warners, out of all the studios, has the most movies opening this summer, almost one every two weeks. Among the movies are Mad Max: Fury Road (May 15), San Andreas (May 29), Entourage (June 5), Max (June 26), Magic Mike XL (July 1), The Gallows (July 10), Vacation (July 31), Man From UNCLE (Aug. 14) and Me Before You (Aug. 21).
The movie also was facing Marvel’s Ant-Man and Universal’s latest Judd Apatow comedy Trainwreck, which were opening the week before.
On the same date Pan faced Fox’s Paper Towns, Sony’s Adam Sandler action comedy Pixels and the Weinstein Co.’s Jake Gyllenhaal boxing drama Southpaw.
But the new release date also gives the movie added time in post for editing and visual effects.
Director Joe Wright stated: “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.”
The movie also stars Levi Miller, Rooney Mara, Garrett Hedlund and Amanda Seyfried.
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