No surprises here but the ongoing COVID-19 situation is continuing to impact major studio releases in 2021. Although there were no high-profile movies scheduled to hit theatres within the first two months of the year, we are now starting to see March releases slipping from their dates. This week Sony has announced that their upcoming Spider-Man spin-off Morbius starring Jared Leto will be pushed back to the latter half of 2021. Meanwhile, Warner Brothers is continuing to push forward with their plans to release all major films on HBO Max this year with Godzilla vs. Kong still being included in that plan despite some resistance from Legendary Entertainment. Hit the jump for more info.
According to THR, Warner Brothers and Legendary are close to finalizing a deal to bring Godzilla vs. Kong to HBO Max simultaneously with its initially planned theatrical release on May 21st. Legendary had threatened legal action following Warner’s surprise announcement last month; they financed 75% of the film and had already been working out a $225 million deal to release the film on Netflix only to be blocked by Warner Brothers execs. Negotiations are also underway to smooth over the potential release of Dune on HBO Max, but with the movie scheduled for October and director Denis Villeneuve demanding theatrical exclusivity, that one is a much harder sell.
As for Sony’s Morbius, it will be shifting from March 19th to Oct. 8th. The studio did not announce a new date for their upcoming Cinderella film, which is currently still scheduled to hit theatres on Feb. 5th but looks increasingly unlikely to follow through. Other major upcoming theatrical releases from other studios include The King’s Man on March 12th and No Time to Die on April 2nd. It seems safe to assume more delays will be announced in the near future.