Sony delays Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Morbius & 3 other films
Another studio is biting the proverbial coronavirus dust as Sony has announced it will be delaying the release of five major tentpole films including the highly-anticipated Ghostbusters: Afterlife, the second installment in the Sony Marvel Universe Morbius, the Peter Rabbit sequel and the long-delayed Uncharted, according to Variety.
In addition to the major tentpoles, which all had set release dates, Sony has delayed the theatrical debuts of World War II drama Greyhound, written by and starring Tom Hanks (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood), the Kevin Hart vehicle Fatherhood and a currently unknown future Marvel project.
The full list of schedule changes includes:
Greyhound – TBD (from 6/12/2020)
Fatherhood – 10/23/2020 (from 1/15/2021)
Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway – 1/15/2021 (from 08/07/2020)
Ghostbusters: Afterlife – 03/05/2021 (from 07/10/2020)
Morbius – 03/19/2021 (from 07/31/2020)
Uncharted – 10/8/2021 (from 03/05/2021)
Untitled Sony Marvel Project – TBD (from 10/08/2021)
The list of films joins a growing roster of projects suffering from delays due to the global pandemic, whether it be films currently in production such as The Batman or The Matrix 4 or films that were very near their theatrical debuts, including A Quiet Place Part II and The New Mutants.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife will focus on a new family with single mom Callie (Carrie Coon) and her two kids, Trevor and Phoebe (Finn Wolfhard & Mckenna Grace) who move into a beaten-down farmhouse in Oklahoma only to discover that there’s something strange in the neighborhood. Unexplained quakes shake the town. There’s an old mine nearby that bears the name of Ivo Shandor, who built the Manhattan high-rise in the 1984 film that channeled the forces of evil. Paul Rudd costars as a local teacher who’s been documenting the unexplained phenomena, befriending Callie and her kids and helping make the connection between the current weirdness and the events of three decades before.
12-year-old Mckenna Grace (Captain Marvel, Annabelle Comes Home) stars in Ghostbusters: Afterlife, with Carrie Coon (The Leftovers) playing her mother and Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things, IT) as her brother. Paul Rudd (Avengers: Endgame) will be playing a teacher in the film, while Oliver Cooper and Bokeem Woodbine will also be featured. Original stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts will reprise their characters.
Jason Reitman (Juno, Young Adult, Tully) directed the new film, taking over from his father Ivan Reitman who helmed the first two and will produce. Reitman, who had a cameo in 1989’s Ghostbusters 2, co-wrote the script with Gil Kenan (Monster House, Poltergeist), who is no stranger to ghost stories.
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Author: Grant Hermanns