The sci-fi action thriller Spectral has been pulled from it’s August release without warning. The film, which has been done for over a year, was scheduled to come out on the 12th but Universal and Legendary Pictures have decided that it’s not a good time, for reasons unknown. No new date has been announced either, according to THR.
Directed by Nic Mathieu and starring James Badge Dale (World War Z), Max Martini (Pacific Rim), Emily Mortimer (Shutter Island), and Bruce Greenwood (Super 8), the film follows, “…a special ops team who battle supernatural entities taking over a European city.” The film is being likened to Ridley Scott’s Black Hawk Down, only with ghosts and supernatural entities. (Personal note: That sounds fucking awesome.)
Right now, Legendary is dealing with a very lackluster US response to Warcraft, which has been doing incredibly well overseas, especially in China. The movie is going to need to earn nearly $500 million in order to break even for all parties involved. As of now, it’s at $300+ million worldwide, but less than 10% of that is from the US.
It’s not sure if these two events are somehow related.