It was inevitable in the wake of the current coronavirus pandemic. And with chatter about theaters not re-opening until July, it only makes sense that Sony Pictures would push three of its upcoming tentpole releases into 2021.
Originally scheduled for July 30, Spider-Man spinoff Morbius, the Living Vampire will now bow on March 19, 2021. Ghostbusters: Afterlife is moving from its July 10 release to March 5, 2021. That date had been reserved for video game adaptation Uncharted, which has been shifted to October 8, 2021 – moving the untitled Sony Marvel movie that was previously in that spot into undated status.
In addition, Peter Rabbit 2 has been moved from August 2020 to January 15, 2021.
Sony, as are other studios, is clearly taking no chances, and want to be certain that theaters will be reopened by the time they debut their biggest movies.
After re-opening their theaters, China recently had to shut down over 500 theaters after audiences were sparse, and the same thing could very easily happen in the U.S. and Europe. For now, here are the trailers to Ghostbusters: Afterlife and Morbius.
Here is the official synopsis for 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.
Directed by Jason Reitman from a script he co-wrote with Gil Kena, Ghostbusters: Afterlife stars Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, Paul Rudd, Celeste O’Connor, Logan Kim, Bokeem Woodbine, Oliver Cooper, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife is re-scheduled to be released in theaters on March 5, 2021.
Here is the official synopsis for 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.
Directed Daniel Espinosa from a script written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, Morbius stars Jared Leto as the lead anti-hero, Adria Arjona, Matt Smith, Jared Harris, and Tyrese Gibson. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are producing the project with Lucas Foster while Palak Patel will oversee for Sony.
Morbius is now schdueled to be released on March 29th of 2021.