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Sony just delayed its biggest movies of the year because of the coronavirus

Sony follows steps by Disney and Universal to delay films

The “Morbius” trailer gives us our first look at the mysterious Marvel character, who will be played by Jared Leto.
The “Morbius” trailer gives us our first look at the mysterious Marvel character, who will be played by Jared Leto.
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Sony Pictures announced it will delay some of its biggest films for 2020 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, following the steps of other major Hollywood studios.

What’s happening:

Sony will delay the release of the following films:

  • “Morbius”
  • “Ghostbusters: Afterlife”
  • “Uncharted”
  • “Peter Rabbit 2”

The films will be released in 2021, according to Variety.

What are the new release dates?

Sony announced new release dates for these movies, too.

  • “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” — March 5, 2021 (previously July 10, 2020)
  • “Morbius” — March 19, 2021 (previously July 31, 2020)
  • “Uncharted” — Oct. 8, 2021 (previously March 5, 2021)
  • “Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway” — Jan. 15, 2021 (previously Aug. 7, 2020)
  • “Untitled Sony/Marvel movie” — TBD (previously Oct. 8, 2021)

Some context

  • Sony’s decision follows a massive trend for Hollywood studios to delay their biggest projects because of the coronavirus. It may be the biggest example of delaying films to next year, though.
  • Warner Bros. announced it would delay “Wonder Woman 1984” to Aug. 14 instead of June 5, which was the first sign of studios picking new release dates in the future.
  • Disney has postponed its major projects “Black Widow” and “Mulan” without a new release date announced, a sign that Disney isn’t sure how long this will last.
  • Universal Studios delayed the release of “Fast 9,” the ninth “Fast & Furious film.
  • MGM delayed the James Bond film “No Time to Die” to the fall as well.
  • Paramount delayed “A Quiet Place II” as well.