The summer season has just gotten a little less crowded as Warner Bros. has pushed back the release of Pan to the fall. Initially slated for release on July 24, the film will now be released in North American theaters on October 9, 2015. Pan is directed by Joe Wright with a cast that includes Hugh Jackman, Levi Miller, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara, and Amanda Seyfried. The film tells the origin story of Peter Pan and Captain Hook.
The move makes sense as Pan was initially put into a very crowded release date. There are already three other films scheduled to release that day including Southpaw, Paper Towns, and Pixels. The latest Marvel film Ant-Man is scheduled to open a week before, while Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation is set to open a week after. As you can see Pan was stuck inbetween two big blockbuster releases while having to face competition from three other films. In its new release date, the film will have a lot more breathing room, facing two other films in Kidnap, a new thriller starring Halle Berry, and Steve Jobs the latest biopic on the cofounder and CEO of Apple Inc., starring Michael Fassbender, Seth Rogen, and Kate Winslet.
The film faces a lot less competition on its new release date. The fall is probably a better season for the film to release. From the trailers, Pan looks like a visual effects heavy film. So, the move gives extra time to the filmmakers to work on the special effects and make them look even better. Overall, this is a smart move that should result in a better film releasing this fall.
Pan is set to be released in North America on October 9, 2015.