Sony Pictures was set to release a number of so-called “tentpole” movies this year, each of which would be guaranteed to fill theaters around the world. However, the release date for all but one of them has been pushed back to 2021 thanks to COVID-19.
As Variety reports, Sony was planning six major movie releases during 2020. They include the Tom Hanks’ World War II drama Greyhound, the video game adaptation of Uncharted starring Tom Holland, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway, Marvel movie Morbius starring Jared Leto, and another Marvel movie which remains untitled. All of them now have 2021 or TBD release dates instead.
The one movie release which isn’t delayed is the Kevin Hart drama Fatherhood, which sees its release date moved up from Jan 1, 2021 to Oct. 23, 2020. That will come as little relief for anyone looking forward to any, if not all of the delayed Sony releases mentioned above.
Peter Rabbit 2 will now hit theaters in January next year, Ghostbusters and Morbius arrive in March, Uncharted in October, and both Greyhound and the untitled Marvel movie have no release date confirmed, suggesting a much longer delay.
Releasing any of these movies before the end of the summer this year made little sense due to the uncertainty surrounding when we will be able to return to some semblance of normal life. In the meantime, there’s no shortage of TV shows and movies to catch up on through streaming services such as Netflix, Prime Video, and Disney+, even if they have all reduced the video quality on their streams.