Sony has delayed several major films from 2021, including Camila Cabello’s Cinderella, Uncharted, Marvel’s Morbius and Ghostbusters: Afterlife.
Sony has delayed release dates for major 2021 films, including Camila Cabello’s Cinderella. The move follows what has already been a difficult year for the film industry due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Many major movie studios have chosen to push their movie releases back from 2020 to 2021 or 2022, or have limited theatrical release and move towards streaming early. Long-awaited hit titles like Black Widow and No time to die faced many version changes, with the studios determined to give them yet another theatrical debut. Theater chains have struggled since the start of the pandemic and, as cases continued to spread, theaters have reopened or remained closed. With the promise of COVID-19 vaccines, the industry hoped to be back on its feet by 2021.
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With the 2020 global box office down $ 30 billion from 2019, the theater industry is counting on audiences returning to theaters in 2021. While theaters remain closed in major cities like New York and Los Angeles, many film releases slated for early 2021 have been pushed into the summer or fall. Christopher Nolan’s Principle expected to be a major box office draw, but hasn’t done as well as expected, and studios continue to push back their releases, not wanting their films to underperform in the same way. Now Sony continues to push back its 2021 films.
Sony has changed its 2021 release schedule for several major films, including Camila Cabello’s Cinderella, Ghostbusters: the afterlife, Unexplored and Marvel’s Morbius. Now the live action directed by Kay Cannon Cinderella will hit theaters on July 16 instead of its original February 5 date, with Sony still set on the film requiring a theatrical release. CinderellaTom Holland delay hits Tom Holland film adaptation Unexplored from its original location from mid-July to February 11, 2022. Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway was postponed from April 2 to June 11, leaving the ghost hunters the sequel went from its June 11 date to November 11. Meanwhile, the highly anticipated Marvel thriller Morbius, with Jared Leto, has been moved to January 21, 2022.
The changes follow shortly after MGM’s latest decision to delay Daniel Craig’s final entry to James Bond No time to die from Easter weekend to October 8. The studio already postponed Morbius‘release date, because earlier this month the studio delayed the comic book movie from March to October. Morbius is currently the only mainstream film in its new slot, where it will hopefully remain after several delays since its initial release date in 2020.
With theaters not looking to be resuming business as usual this year, it’s no surprise that Sony is changing its release schedule. Especially by keeping Morbius in her October slit would have opposed her No time to die. It is clear that Sony is waiting for the Camila Cabello Cinderella to be a big box office draw, determined to give it a normal theater release. With Sony’s intention to keep its films in theaters, unlike Warner Bros. ‘2021 release model, fans are likely to see more delays for these films in the future.
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