Sony Pictures Abandons 2020 Over Coronavirus Crisis

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Sony Pictures is all but closing up for 2020. The studio was among the last studios to announce delays in its release schedule over the coronavirus isolation that has overtaken the world, but its changing are among the most sweeping. Nearly all of its movies have been postponed until 2021.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife, which was set to open this summer on July 10, will now open almost a year from now on March 5, 2021. The movie stars Carrie Coon as a single mom whose family inherits an old farmhouse that has ties to the characters from the original 1984 film, and is being directed by Jason Reitman (Up in the Air, Juno) whose father, Ivan Reitman, directed the first two films.

Morbius, an adaptation of the Marvel Comics vampire (played by Jared Leto), was slated for July 31 of this year, but will now open on March 19, 2021, while the family film sequel Peter Rabbit 2 is leaping from August 7 of this year to January 15 of next. That January 15 date was previously occupied by Sony’s Kevin Hart comedy Fatherhood, which is the only film on the slate moving up—to October 23 of this year.

With Ghostbusters: Afterlife and Morbius shifting to next March, they’ve bumped another of the studios films to a later date. Uncharted, starring Spider-Man‘s Tom Holland as adventurer Nathan Drake from the hit video game series, was set for March 5, 2021, but will now open eight months later on October 8, 2021. (Chances are it couldn’t have made that original date anyway with the pandemic shutting down productions for the foreseeable future.)

The Tom Hanks World War II submarine drama Greyhound, which had originally been set for release last year, was supposed to debut on June 12, but now has no release date. Hanks was among the first celebrities to reveal that he, along with wife Rita Wilson, had contracted the Covid-19 virus, although they have posted about their recovery.

Everything from Warner Bros. Wonder Woman 1984 to Disney’s Mulan and Black Widow have been postponed due to the outbreak, with Universal’s next chapter in the Fast & Furious franchise, F9, delayed by almost a year, as well. While some studios hope to see a return to moviegoing by the end of summer, there’s still no certainty about whether that will be realistic.

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