Yesterday, Sony Pictures announced they are moving a bunch of their 2020 slate to 2021, likely due to the increasingly unknown risk of keeping films dated for summer releases as the coronavirus pandemic is expected to move into the summer months.
Here is a breakdown of those new dates revealed by the studio.
- Peter Rabbit 2: Runway – January 15th, 2021
- Ghostbusters: Afterlife – March 5th, 2021
- Morbius – March 19th, 2021
- Uncharted – October 8th, 2021
- Fatherhood – October 23rd, 2021
- Greyhound – TBA
- Untitled Marvel/Sony Film – TBA
Tom Holland’s Uncharted movie was expected to begin shooting this month in Potsdam, Germany and the new October release date would suggest that they don’t expect production to begin until the fall.
Oddly enough, one release is currently missing from this new slate which is Tom Hardy’s Venom sequel which recently wrapped principal photography but would likely still need pick-up/reshoots alongside completing their VFX shots for characters like Venom and Carnage, both expected to be done digitally. It’ll be tough to see the Spider-Man spinoff being able to be released on October 2nd as planned.
Venom 2 is one of a handful of 2020 releases that might end up getting delayed not only for coronavirus concerns but also possibly not being able to hit post-production landmarks to get the film completed on time as most staff are likely working as much as they can remotely from home which likely isn’t the most productive environment when you factor-in childcare duties falling on parents.
Universal had recently moved their giant film F9 to April 2nd, 2021 and pulled Minions 2: The Rise of Gru off their schedule as Illumination had to close their Paris office.
There is a good chance that we could see Warner Bros. shifting things like Tenet, Wonder Woman 1984, Godzilla vs Kong, and even Dune into 2021 as well.
Disney has yet to give new dates for Black Widow, Mulan, The New Mutants, Artemis Fowl. Other delays for things like The King’s Man, Marvel’s Eternals, and Pixar’s Soul could be coming as well, which we should be preparing ourselves for.
U.S. theaters are expected to remain closed past June and likely means the summer season of releases are likely gone, if not for the entire year as the country and world attempts move past the pandemic and eventually normalize.
GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE – From director Jason Reitman and producer Ivan Reitman, comes the next chapter in the original Ghostbusters universe. In Ghostbusters: Afterlife, when a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind. The film is written by Jason Reitman & Gil Kenan.
MORBIUS – One of Marvel’s most compelling and conflicted characters comes to the big screen as Oscar® winner Jared Leto transforms into the enigmatic antihero, Michael Morbius. Dangerously ill with a rare blood disorder, and determined to save others suffering his same fate, Dr. Morbius attempts a desperate gamble. What at first appears to be a radical success soon reveals itself to be a remedy potentially worse than the disease.
GREYHOUND – In a thrilling story inspired by actual events from the Battle of the Atlantic, Tom Hanks stars as a first-time captain who leads a convoy of allied ships carrying thousands of soldiers across the treacherous waters of the “Black Pit” to the front lines of WW2. With no air cover protection for 5 days, the captain and his convoy must battle the surrounding enemy Nazi U-boats in order to give the allies a chance to win the war. The film is directed by Aaron Schneider from a screenplay by Hanks.
SOURCE: SONY PICTURES