Sony delays Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Morbius and 3 other films
Another studio is biting the proverbial dust from the coronavirus, as Sony has announced that it will postpone the release of five major support films, including the highly anticipated Ghostbusters: Afterlife, the second part of the Sony Marvel Universe Morbius, the Peter Rabbit sequel and the Uncharted long delay, according to Variety.
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In addition to the big stages, which had set release dates, Sony has postponed the theatrical premieres of the World War II Greyhound drama, written and starring Tom Hanks (A beautiful day in the neighborhood), Kevin Hart's vehicle, Fatherhood, and currently unknown future Marvel project.
The full list of schedule changes includes:
Greyhound – TBD (6/12/2020)
Fatherhood – 10/23/2020 (from 1/15/2021)
Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway – 1/15/2021 (since 7/8/2020)
Ghostbusters: Afterlife – 05/03/2021 (from 07/10/2020)
Morbius – 03/19/2021 (from 07/31/2020)
Uncharted – 8/10/2021 (since 05/05/2021)
Untitled Sony Marvel Project – TBD (from 08/10/2021)
The list of films joins a growing list of projects suffering from delays due to the global pandemic, be it films currently in production like The Batman or The Matrix 4 or films that were very close to their theatrical debuts, including A Quiet Place Part II and the new mutants.
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Ghostbusters: Afterlife will focus on a new family with single mother Callie (Carrie Coon) and her two children, Trevor and Phoebe (Finn Wolfhard and Mckenna Grace) who move to a farm in Oklahoma, to discover that there is something strange about the neighborhood . Unexplained earthquakes rock the city. There is an old mine nearby named after Ivo Shandor, who built the Manhattan skyscraper in the 1984 film that channeled the forces of evil. Paul Rudd acts as a local teacher who documents the unexplained phenomena, befriends Callie and his children, and helps make the connection between the current strangeness and the events of three decades ago.
Mckenna Grace (Captain Marvel, Annabelle Comes Home), 12, 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 play a teacher in the film, while Oliver Cooper and Bokeem Woodbine will also be introduced. 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, replacing his father Ivan Reitman, who directed the first two and will produce. Reitman, who had a cameo in Ghostbusters 2 of 1989, co-wrote the script with Gil Kenan (Monster House, Poltergeist), which is no stranger to ghost stories.
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