Even Spider-Man, the Ghostbusters, and Kraven the Hunter are not exempt from the Hollywood strikes. The ongoing Writers Guild of America (WGA) and Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) strikes are causing delays in the release of movies across all genres. Sony Pictures has thus decided to significantly alter the original theatrical release dates for some much-anticipated films.
One of the most severe blows is the Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse postponement from Sony Animation. The planned follow-up to this summer’s Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse was scheduled to debut on March 29, 2024, but due to SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes, it has been completely removed from Sony’s next release schedule (per Variety).
It could take weeks before Sony decides to give the third Miles Morales movie a new release date because they are assessing how long the strike will last before doing so.
Meanwhile, brand-new release dates have been set for two more well-known Columbia Pictures projects. Venom 3 will be released on July 12, 2024, while the anticipated Bad Boys for Life sequel will debut in theatres on June 14, 2024.
Soon, Gran Turismo from Sony Pictures will be the next movie to be downshifted to consider the WGA and SAG-AFTRA complaints. The release date for the movie, which is based on a video game series for the Sony PlayStation, has been moved forward to August 25.
Release dates for sneak peeks are the weekends of August 11 and 18. Due to the strikes, actors won’t be marketing the racing movie, so Sony must rely on positive word-of-mouth from viewers.
Afterlife 2 was scheduled to arrive in cinemas on December 20 this year, just in time for Christmas, but fans now have to wait until March 29, 2024, to rejoice in the return of their beloved ghost hunters during Easter weekend. Kraven the Hunter will now debut on August 30, 2024, instead of October 20, 2023.
The release date of the Karate Kid movie, which has nothing to do with Cobra Kai, has been pushed back from June 7 to December 13 of the same year. After losing its August 30, 2024, release date, Sony Pictures Releasing and Blumhouse’s, They Listen, are forced to wonder when it will be heard.
Despite all the calendar chaos, one Spider-Man Universe spin-off received some encouraging news. The Madame Web movie starring Dakota Johnson will still be released in theatres on Valentine’s Day weekend in 2019.
Still, the fantastic news is that Sony’s film will debut on February 14 rather than February 16. Sadly, since a resolution to the Hollywood strikes is not in sight, moviegoers should soon be ready for further delays from major studios. Source