An Orlando man who began camping out last week outside his local AMC theater to ensure he’d be first in line to see the midnight showing of Lana and Andy Wachowski’s latest epic “Jupiter Ascending” on July 18th, was devastated to learn this week that Warner Bros. has postponed the film until February 5th 2015. According to Paul Barney, the 43 year-old man camping outside AMC, when he first heard Warner Bros. was moving their $150 million tentpole a month before its release, he thought it was an absurd rumor made up by another “Jupiter Ascending” fan to make Barney pack up his tent and lose his place in line.
“I might have to wait a little longer, but I’m not going anywhere, because that movie is definitely going to be worth it,” Barney told Hollywood & Swine. “After ‘Speed Racer’ and ‘Cloud Atlas’ it’s clear the Wachowski’s have really hit their stride as filmmakers. Now they’re doing an action-epic with Channing Tatum playing a half-wolf half-albino who tries to protect Mila Kunis, a janitor who may be the true heir to the Earth. That’s the kind of film I’d camp out forever for.”
Warner Bros., which blamed the delay of “Jupiter Ascending” on special effects issues, admitted they felt terrible to disappoint the the one person in America willing to camp out to see the Wachowski’s latest film. The studio even offered to make it up to Barney by flying him to the premiere of their other July release, the comedy “Tammy” starring Melissa McCarthy as a woman who holds up a fast food restaurant and then goes on a road-trip with her alcoholic grandmother to Niagara Falls.
“I told them, thanks but no thanks,” Barney said. “I thought nothing was worse than camping out in Florida during the summer, but then I watched the trailer for ‘Tammy.’”