NEW YORK (AP) – Sony Pictures on Monday cleared out its summer calendar due to the coronavirus, postponing the releases of Jason Reitman’s â€œGhostbusters: Afterlifeâ€ and the Marvel movie â€œMorbiusâ€ to 2021.
Hollywood’s summer season – the film industry’s most lucrative time of year – is increasingly shutting down because of the pandemic. Theaters nationwide have closed and major film productions have halted with no clear timeline for resuming.
â€œGhostbuster: Afterlife,” set 30 years after â€œGhostbusters II,â€ had been scheduled for July 10, but it will now open March 5 next year. The Jared Leto-starring â€œMorbius,” slated for July 31, will now be released March 19 next year. â€œGreyhound,â€ a World War II drama starring Tom Hanks, is now to-be-determined instead of opening June 12.
Last week, Warner Bros. postponed â€œWonder Woman 1984″ to August instead of June, and undated its adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s â€œIn the Heights.â€ The Walt Disney Co. took Marvel’s â€œBlack Widowâ€ (previously May 1) off the schedule. Those postponements followed others for the â€œFast and Furiousâ€ movie â€œF9,â€ the James Bond film â€œNo Time to Dieâ€ and the horror sequel â€œA Quiet Place Part II.â€
One Sony release moved up. â€œFatherhood,â€ with Kevin Hart, will open in October instead of next January.