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Ghostbusters: Afterlife and Morbius Among the Latest Films Delayed by Coronavirus

You won’t be busting no ghosts until 2021.
You won’t be busting no ghosts until 2021.
Image: Sony Pictures

Sorry, but you won’t be vamping out with Jared Leto or busting ghosts with Paul Rudd this year. Sony Pictures just announced a major shake-up to its theatrical release schedule, bumping most of its biggest 2020 releases back to 2021.

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The big ones, as per the headline, are Ghostbusters: Afterlife, which will now be released March 5, 2021 (moved back from July 10) and the Spider-Man spin-off Morbius starring Jared Leto, which will be released March 19, 2021 (moved back from July 31). Tom Holland’s Uncharted, which was about to start filming when Hollywood began to close down, was moved from March 5, 2021 to October 8, 2021 and Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway was moved to January 15, 2021 from August 7. For the other films impacted, check out Variety.

A Untitled Marvel movie originally scheduled for October 8, 2021 has now been taken off the schedule entirely. Its release is TBD. Movies that Sony had scheduled after August 7, such as Escape Room 2, Monster Hunter, Connected, and another untitled Marvel movie (which many expect to be Venom 2) all remain on the schedule.

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With each film Hollywood delays, fans begin to see the unfathomable impact the covid-19 pandemic is having on every aspect of the world. First, it was the March movies, then May, now June, July, and even August. It’s going to be a very, very long time until things are back to normal at a theater near you.

Correction: A previous version of this story had the “maybe Venom 2" October 2020 movie moved off the schedule to TBD. We got it confused with a second untitled Marvel movie coming in October, but of 2021. This is why movies need titles. It’s been fixed above. 


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DISCUSSION

This isn’t going to be over even by next January as long as there’s no vaccine. People aren’t going to want to crowd in to a movie theater and risk a second break out.

More studios should embrace the “Theater at Home” approach. Charge $20 to let people stream it in their homes, and then after a month or so shift that to $20 to own. Then a month later, $20 to buy a physical copy.