Friday, May 24, 2024

Who Ya Gonna Call? Not Ghostbusters–Sony Moves Its Summer Releases to 2021, Leaving Warner’s and Paramount to Decide Season’s Fate


Will there be summer 2020 movies? Sony says no.

The studio has moved its four big releases to 2021 and who knows when. That list includes “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” “Peter Rabbit 2,” “Morbius,” and “Greyhound.”

This is a blow to movie theater owners who were hopeful that when the virus quarantines end, they’ll have product to lure back customers. “Ghostbusters” would have been a colossal summer hit. Now it’s set for March 2021.

Sony’s move checks Warner’s and Paramount. Those studios were looking forward to Warner’s Christopher Nolan’s mysterious “Tenet” starring John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, and Michael Caine; and “Wonder Woman 84,” with Gal Gadot and Chris Pine. And Paramount is on deck with “Top Gun: Maverick,” which literally will save them. The other big summer movie coming in June is “Soul,” from Pixar, with Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey leading an all star cast of voices.

If one or more of those four are relocated, the summer movie season may be over. And then what? The fall season depends on film festivals– Telluride, Venice, Toronto. Venice is already looking imperiled. With so many deaths in Italy, would they really proceed? Would they be allowed to by the government? But then the fall begins overloading. “Tenet” certainly sounds like Oscar material. And this year, the studios are in the power position, with Netflix not having the hot hand they had last year.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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