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Joe Wright’s ‘Pan’ Gets Fall Release Date: Good News or Bad News?

Joe Wright's 'Pan' Gets Fall Release Date: Good News or Bad News?

For example, why has Warner Bros. postponed the release of Peter Pan origin tale “Pan” from the height of summer–July 24, opposite Marvel’s “Ant Man,” followed a week later by Paramount’s “Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation”–to a more forgiving October 9th? If they’re trying to get out of the line of fire in a competitive marketplace it suggests a lack of confidence that they can compete with the big boys.

“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,” WB distribution exec Dan Fellman said in Variety. In other words, this movie could use good reviews and word of mouth. 

Joe Wright is not a blockbuster guy. He’s a good choice to handle material with period frills and action pieces–he’s a fabulous visual and actor’s director often in the awards conversation, from “Atonement” and “Pride and Prejudice” to “Hanna” and “Anna Karenina.” (His big studio effort “The Soloist” starring Robert Downey, Jr. is best forgotten–it wore its Oscar hopes on its sleeve.)

So what is Warners doing? Perhaps they need more time and space and PR energy and perhaps a Toronto berth to set this up as a potential awards corridor movie. To that end I am encouraged that this may be a higher-caliber picture, if perhaps less commercial than it needs to be to hit on all cylinders in a steroid-enhanced summer season.
The 3D movie starts out during WWII and tracks an orphan boy (Levi Miller) who is kidnapped by pirates led by Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman) who spirit him to Neverland, where he fights Captain Hook (Garrett Hedlund) and cavorts with Tinkerbell, Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara) and Mary (Amanda Seyfried).

The film was shot in London.

Producers are Greg Berlanti, Paul Webster and Sarah Schechter, with studio execs Courtenay Valenti and Andrew Fischel supervising. 

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