Los Angeles, CA (Variety) — Sony's “Venom” sequel — officially titled “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” — has delayed its big screen debut. The film was expected to hit theaters Oct. 2, 2020, and will instead launch eight months later on June 25, 2021.
“Venom” occupied the spot previously vacated by Robert Pattinson's “The Batman,” which Warner Bros. recently moved back to Oct. 1, 2021.
By postponing “Venom” until next year, Sony has reshuffled nearly every movie scheduled to release in 2020. The studio already pushed back many of its major films — including “Morbius” (from July 31, 2020, to March 19, 2021), “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” (from July 10, 2020, to March 5, 2021) and Tom Holland's “Uncharted” (from March 5, 2021, to Oct. 8, 2021).
Across Hollywood, studios are adjusting their release calendars as cinemas remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The global health crisis has also caused almost every film to pause production, meaning some company's tentpoles might have not been completed in time for their original debut.
Georgia's Gov. Brian Kemp announced Monday that movie theaters in his state can start reopening next week, but most chains aren't expected to resume business by then. It's likely that multiplexes … — Rebecca Rubin/@Variety