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Legendary Pictures and Universal have pulled Spectral from the August release calendar.
The movie, described as a supernatural Black Hawk Down, had been set to open Aug. 12. No new date has been announced.
Spectral has been completed for more than a year. The sci-fi thriller was one of the projects already underway at Legendary when the financing and production company left Warner Bros. and struck a new deal with Universal that commenced in 2014. Universal is only a distributor on the film.
Both the studio and Legendary declined comment beyond confirming Spectral won’t hit theaters in August. Insiders say the decision was made at least a month ago, although the film is still listed as having an Aug. 12 release date on comScore, the industry clearinghouse. However, BoxOfficeMojo.com shows the change being recorded on Monday.
Directed by commercials helmer Nic Mathieu, Spectral stars James Badge Dale, Max Martini, Emily Mortimer and Bruce Greenwood and revolves around a special ops team who battle supernatural entities taking over a European city.
News about Spectral comes only days after Universal and Legendary released Warcraft, the big-budget video game adaptation that boasted a record opening in China but bombed in North America. Warcraft will likely need to earn at least $450 million globally to break even for Legendary and parent company Dalian Wanda, the Chinese conglomerate and world’s largest theater-chain owner, along with Universal and a raft of Chinese investors.
All eyes will be on how well Warcraft holds, or doesn’t, in its second weekend of play in China, where Wanda — which is considering an IPO — and Legendary are handling the movie’s release directly. Universal has distribution duties in the rest of the world.
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