Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Morbius, Uncharted and extra can be postponed for a number of months
In a move that has been predicted for some time, a list of upcoming 2021 big budget films has again been delayed by several months. Within hours of MGM announcing that No Time to Die had been delayed from April to October 8, it was revealed that Sony has also postponed dates for Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Uncharted, Cinderella, Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway and Morbius.
According to a report by Variety, Cinderella with Camila Cabello will now hit theaters on July 16 instead of February 5. That means adapting the video game Uncharted The main role of Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg, which was originally scheduled for mid-July, has been postponed to February 11, 2022. In the meantime, Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway has been withdrawn for two months from April 2 to June 11, while the sequel to Ghostbusters is delayed until November 11. Morbius with Jared Leto will now be released on January 21, 2022.
Unfortunately, the current state of the theater is such that even these dates are anything but set in stone. It is very likely that some, if not all of these films will be postponed again if theaters do not fully open by the end of the year. Different studios reacted differently to the situation.
For example, WarnerMedia has decided that it will be in the near future and as such, instead of postponing their films indefinitely, they have decided to release all of their films simultaneously with HBO Max as in theaters.
On the other hand, Sony is sticking to a purely theatrical release of its films, even if their content has been delayed for more than a year. In an interview late last year, Sony CEO Tony Vinciquerra said that their commitment to a theatrical release made filmmakers more likely to work with them than Warner.
“The real advantage [of WarnerMedia’s new distribution strategy] The number of calls we received from Talent was: “We want to do business with you because we know you are a theatrical distributor and producer. That actually worked very well for us. ”
The truth is that there is currently no right or wrong answer when it comes to movie release. A major reason Warner decided to risk losing massive sums at the box office with an HBO Max rollout for their films was because the studio is looking to bolster its fledgling streaming service through a rapid influx of subscribers.
Other studios that don’t have streaming channels still see no reason to opt for an online distribution release strategy. At this point, it’s more like a chicken game with the theater industry and studios in competition against the current global medical emergency that has devastated businesses since last year. It remains to be seen who will blink first and whether the vaccine’s current rollout will be enough to make a difference in the near future.