Is there gonna be carnage with more movie delays? Well, fall 2021 will look very much like fall 2020, with ever-changing movie delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Lagging vaccination rates helped the Delta variant of the disease to gain traction in the United States, which has recently impacted box-office performances in theatres. The jury’s still out on whether or not Free Guy, Candyman and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, all theatrical-exclusive movies, will regain exhibitors and studios confidence that theatres can still perform well during COVID with strong box-office results. Still, Sony Pictures isn’t waiting and has moved its highly-anticipated Venom: Let There Be Carnage to October 15th.
It’s also been reported that Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania: Transformania might also get delayed or acquired by Netflix, which would make sense because Netflix has acquired most of Sony Pictures Animation’s library of titles and has released them under Netflix originals.
The Andy Serkis directed sequel, starring Tom Hardy, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Williams, Naomie Harris, Reid Scott, and Stephen Graham, will now release alongside David Gordon Green‘s Halloween Kills and Ridley Scott‘s The Last Duel. Naturally, some will argue that the Halloween sequel will likely move, but producer Jason Blum has already affirmed that the sequel is coming out in 2021, “vaccine or no vaccine.” However, things could obviously change as Hollywood is poised for another round of release date musical chairs after a rather stable summer at the movies.
This could likely mean that films such as No Time to Die, Top Gun: Maverick, and Sony/Marvel Studios’ Spider-Man: No Way Home could face more delays if the situation doesn’t improve within the next few months. Luckily for the United States, global Delta surges have been known to decrease after it has passed its peak period of infections. An encouraging uptick in vaccination rates due to recent mandates from different spheres of government could end this surge quicker than predicted. Here’s hoping, and if you haven’t gotten a vaccine, visit vaccines.gov to find a location!