Amidst the current global pandemic that’s sweeping the nation. A long list of tentpole Hollywood studios have shut down production for their upcoming film and/or have delayed their theatrical releases. Theater chains like AMC and Regal Cinemas have also felt the hard effects of the coronavirus.
Sony Pictures has moved around their entire 2020 film slate. While majority of the slate has been moved to 2021. Sony Pictures has moved one up one film that was slated to release in 2021, up to October 2020.
Sony’s upcoming Morbius film starring Jared Leto has had it’s release date moved from July 31 to March 19, 2021. Ghostbusters: Afterlife has moved from its July 10 release date to March 5, 2021.
The Tom Holland lead Uncharted film which was ramping up production in order to keep Tom Holland on schedule to film Spider-Man 3, has now moved from its initial March 5, 2021 release date to October 8, 2021. As mentioned above, that March 5 date is now held by Ghostbusters: Afterlife.
The October 8, 2021 release date that is now occupied by Uncharted was initially occupied by an untitled Sony-Marvel film. That film is now up in air as a new release date has not been announced for the untitled film.
Tom Hanks’ World War II drama, Greyhound has lost its release date entirely. Tom Hanks is currently recovering in self-isolation from the coronavirus which he contracted in Australia while filming the upcoming Elvis Presley biopic.
Sony Pictures has also moved the release date of Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway, which was slated to release this summer, will now open in theaters on January 15, 2021. The Kevin Hart led Fatherhood who previously held the January 15, 2021 release spot has been moved up and will now release on October 23, 2020.
Majority of the United States is currently on lockdown until April 30, 2020 to help stop the spread of the coronavirus; thus cancelling all major events and gatherings. It is uncertain that everything will reopen by April 30th, of course, that is all due to how successfully we can contain the virus.
Unfortunately, for everyone trying to financially recover from this potential economic downfall. Heading back to the movie theaters on an almost weekly basis in 2021 will be tough on everyone’s pockets.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter