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Across the Universe is one of the most anticipated films of 2023, as Sony Pictures Animation attempts to outdo the Oscar-winning Spider-Man: Across the Universe.
In an interview with The Direct, lead character animator Erez Santos said that the film was originally in the vein of Avengers: Endgame, concluding the saga of Across the Universe. However, the team later decided to split the story into two parts.
[We asked] “Wait, is this a two-and-a-half-hour movie?” It’s a really big story. And with all the story arcs that we wanted to show, we came to the conclusion that this was going to be an intense, fast, dynamic and energetic film.
He noted that the producers originally “planned [some] Finals-style things” for the sequel:.
But it would be nice. It was like what they were planning was supposed to be something like “The finals”. It was like a giant. And what they’re planning is still massive.
He complained that “at first [the film] was insanely ambitious”. After the delay, it’s still “super ambitious”, but the animation studio no longer has to “try to fit two movies into one”.
The film will be released in theaters on June 2, 2023.