Sony pulls the releases of 'Ghostbusters: Afterlife' and 'Morbius'

Ben Arnold
Contributor
Ghostbusters: Afterlife (Credit: Sony)

Sony has confirmed that it's postponing the releases of its two summer tentpole movies, Ghostbusters: Afterlife and Marvel movie Morbius.

The Ghostbusters sequel was all set for release in July, but will now be shoved all the way back to 5 March, 2021.

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Morbius, starring Jared Leto as the 'living vampire' in the Spider-Man universe spin-off, was also plotted for July, and will now be released on 19 March, 2021, instead.

The move comes in the wake of the worldwide outbreak of coronavirus, with cinemas around the world now shuttered to aid social distancing.

Jared Leto as Morbius (Credit: Sony)

They're not the only movies Sony will be pushing back.

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World War II movie Greyhound, starring Tom Hanks and Stephen Graham, was planned for release in June, but has been shifted back with no confirmed release date.

The comedy Fatherhood, starring Kevin Hart, which was set set for January 2021, will now move to October, 2021.

The release of the Peter Rabbit sequel has also been delayed for a second time. The studio had delayed the premiere, originally set for March, to August, but now it's been moved again to January, 2021.

It's also affecting the release dates of movies yet to film.

The long-in-gestation movie adaptation of video game Uncharted, starring Tom Holland, was days from principal photography as lockdowns began.

Now the postponement of filming means that the film will now miss its planned release slot too, and instead of appearing in cinemas in March, 2021, it'll move to October, 2021.

Such upheaval in release schedules is unprecedented, with some films, like Universal's The Invisible Man and The Hunt, appearing early on streaming services in order to mitigate losses.

Other major movies to have had their releases shifted are Bond film No Time To Die, Fast & Furious 9, Disney's remake of Mulan and Marvel movie Black Widow.