With the coronavirus epidemic, everyone’s feeling its effects. Movie studios are having to rearrange everything while everyone does their part to stay indoors. Unfortunately for Sony Pictures, they had to make the rough choice to push back some big films to 2021.
An Uncharted Move
Initially slated for release on December, 2020, Tom Holland’s upcoming Uncharted film will only see the light of day on October 8, 2021. The movie is based on the popular video game franchise of the same name. Holland believes Uncharted will change the way directors approach video game film adaptations. “I think what ‘Uncharted’ offers that most video games films don’t is that it’s an origin story to the games. So if you played the games, you haven’t seen what’s going to happen in the film,” Holland told IGN. “And if you haven’t played the games, you’re going to enjoy the film because it’s information that everyone else is getting at the same time. But I’m super excited to make that movie and it’s been a long time coming.”
Not So Marvelous
For Marvel fans, Morbius will now make its way to a March 19, 2021, release date. It was originally slated for a July 31, 2020 release. The film gives the origin story of antihero Michael Morbius, who is played by Suicide Squad star Jared Leto. Not long ago, back in February, the studio did some reshoots in Los Angeles. What’s more, an unnamed Sony/Marvel film, which was set to arrive on October 8, 2021, has been pushed back indefinitely. This was done to avoid competing with Uncharted.
Don’t Call Just Yet
Ghostbusters fans were set to pack theaters on July 10, 2020, for Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Now, they’ll have to wait until March 5, 2021, for the next chapter in the Ghostbusters franchise. The movie follows two kids who discover they have a connection with the iconic Ghostbusters team. The film stars Mckenna Grace, Finn Wolfhard, Carrie Coon, and Paul Rudd. Original Ghostbusters actors Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts will reprise their roles. Rick Moranis, however, decided to sit this one out. The actor did the same thing for the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot. “It just makes no sense to me. Why would I do just one day of shooting on something I did 30 years ago?” he told The Hollywood Reporter in 2015.
Not Your Garden-Variety Hero
Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway was scheduled to hit theaters on April 3, but Sony moved it to January 15, 2021. The film is the sequel to 2018’s successful Peter Rabbit, which earned $351 million worldwide. The sequel finds the title character finding who he is inside a brand new world. While most of the main cast are reprising their roles, there are some changes. Aimee Horne takes over the role of Cottontail Rabbit from Daisy Ridley. Sam Neill, who portrayed Mr. McGregor in the 2018 film, will play Tommy Brock in the sequel.
Greyhound Off The Board
Tom Hanks’ drama Greyhound found itself being delayed indefinitely, Based on the novel “The Good Shepherd,” the film was originally slated for a June 12, 2020, release. Hanks, who stars as Commander Ernest Krause, even wrote the film’s screenplay. This will be the third release date change for the film. Originally set for release on March 22, 2019, Greyhound was first moved to May 8, 2020. Sony would then give it one more push to its June date.
Not All Is Lost
Surprising many, Kevin Hart drama Fatherhood will be pushed up to October 23, 2020. The film’s original release date was January 15, 2021. Much like Greyhound, Fatherhood was moved around by the studio. The film was originally slated for an April 3, 2020 release before being bumped to 2021.
As expected, Sony will take a huge blow for these major moves. To them, it’s probably best to unveil these enjoyable films when things get back to normal.
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