Ad Astra filmmaker James Gray wasn't worried about delayed release

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 16 September 2019
Brad Pitt

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'Ad Astra' director James Gray was never worried about the sci-fi movie's release date delays, and he thinks the timing is right for the Brad Pitt project to hit the big screen

'Ad Astra' director James Gray was never worried about the movie's release date delays.

The highly anticipated sci-fi blockbuster – which stars Brad Pitt as astronaut Roy McBride investigating deadly electrical storms which could be connected to his absent father (Tommy Lee Jones) – was initially set to launch at the start of the year, but the huge deal between Disney and Fox meant plans changed twice as the studio eventually settled on September 20.

Gray told Digital Spy: "[There] wasn't concern that the film wouldn't get released".

"It just was a question of when and how, and you can't worry about that stuff because it has nothing to do with you, nothing to do with your movie.

"There are forces at play in the market that are so huge that really the only thing you can do is sit back and hope for the best in your own specific case, and not take it personally. My movie is this tiny thing [and] the deal was $71 billion."

The filmmaker explained how the Disney and Fox deal impacted on the schedule, but Gray – who also co-wrote the script with Ethan Gross – was actually delighted with the final arrangement, even if he thinks the public have misunderstood what actually went on behind the scenes.

He added: "Fox was going to release it on Memorial Day weekend and when Disney bought Fox, they had 'Aladdin' coming out that weekend and they didn't want to have two movies coming out against each other that they owned.

"That's why thankfully it got pushed to the fall which I thought was perfect. The only problem with it was people saying, 'Wait, what happened with it? What's wrong with the movie?'

"And you're like, 'Dude, take a look, read the newspaper, it's not the movie.' "

Ad Astra

  • 5 stars
  • 2019
  • US
  • 2h 2min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: James Gray
  • Cast: Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Liv Tyler, Donald Sutherland
  • UK release: 18 September 2019

In the near future, Roy McBride (Pitt) is an astronaut searching for his father Clifford (Jones), himself a pioneering space explorer. But Roy’s classified mission turns deadly. Gray’s stellar third film is a huge step up, mixing horror and action with deeper themes and anchored by a dazzling turn from Pitt, who has never…

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