While many had hoped the pandemic was coming to an end, the Delta variant is causing major problems still for the studios and Sony Pictures has announced today that it has delayed “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” by three weeks from September 24th to October 15th.
The surge of Covid cases has led to a decline in consumer confidence in returning to the movies. According to Deadline, Sony is also looking to change the release date of “Hotel Transylvania: Transformania”, which is currently scheduled to release on October 1st. It might even head directly to a streaming service. One issue with this film, is if it’s not out for the Halloween period, it’ll probably need to be delayed till next year.
Should either movie be pushed back to 2022, they would they fall under the new contracts with Netflix and Disney, which will see Sony titles head to Netflix in the Pay 1 window, then to Disney for the Pay 2 window, where they can be released on Disney+, Hulu and their TV networks in the US. Disney will also have access to select older Sony films including Venom and Hotel Transylvania films.
What do you think of these delays?
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