Monday, April 22, 2024

Strike Causes Sony Pictures to Move Projected 2023 Hits Like “Ghostbusters” to 2024, New Ethan Coen Release Also Delayed


I told you a couple of weeks ago that the studios were starting to move their releases to 2024.

It’s all because of the SAG and WGA strikes. Instead of negotiating to end this thing, the studio heads are just moving the deck chairs on the Titanic.

Now Sony Pictures is delaying its potential 2023 fall hits to 2024. That includes the new “Ghostbusters” movie from its planned launch on December 20th to Easter 2024. That move pushes the next SpiderVerse movie to who knows when? The film still needs voice actors to work, and they can’t because of the strike.

Another 2023 release, “Kraven the Hunter,” from Sony/ Marvel will now wait til next summer for release. It was set to go on October 6th.

Little by little the fall schedule is being dismantled, which will have a serious effect on the Oscars and other awards shows. Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon” will be released on October 6th, although so far no festival screenings have been announced. Scorsese films have often been the “surprise” screening at the New York Film Festival, and that may be the case again.

But with movies like Ethan Coen’s “Drive Away Dolls” now being moved by Focus Features to 2024, the number of possible nominees for Best Picture is shrinking. “Killers,” “Oppenheimer,” and “Air” were already certain. Now “Barbie” picks up speed with little competition. Stay tuned for more announcements of delayed premieres as the strikes prevent actors from promoting their films.

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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