The impact of the pandemic stemming from the corona virus, COVID-19, is being felt the world over, and the entertainment industry is just one of many businesses that’s trying to adapt. To help slow the spread of the virus, world governments are ordering non-essential businesses closed (like movie theaters) and encouraging their citizens to keep their distance from each other.
Sony joins the likes of Warner Bros, Disney and other spearheading movie studios as announcements of delayed releases continue to be rolled out. The COVID19 pandemic shows no signs of stopping, especially not with the fall of its latest prey- the box office.
As of yet, the third installment of the Spiderman franchise and Kevin Hart starrer, Fatherhood, are two of the only Sony productions left with uncompromised dates set for later in the year. The company announced it would debut “Morbius,” “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” “Uncharted” and “Peter Rabbit 2″ in 2021.
The video game adaptation of “Uncharted” has also been displaced from its March 5, 2021 date to Oct. 8, 2021 and an untitled Marvel/Sony movie has been delayed from that Oct. 8 date and is now undated.
Camila Cabello-starrer Cinderella is the latest Hollywood project to be delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Sony’s decisions suggest that studios do not expect theaters to be open again until mid-summer, and underscores that they are still committed to theatrical releases.
Such delays are not limited to the releases of these blockbuster motion pictures; production schedules have had to fall through for the most anticipated films of the next year. There will now be an indefinite waiting period for fans that were eager to see Robert Pattinson as the new Batman or Halle Bailey as The Little Mermaid, since these are among the many other titles that have had to temporarily halt their filming.
It appears that even the world’s greatest household names are now homebound. Some of these names have, however, taken it upon themselves to work from home and keep the fort down for the entertainment industry.
Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel and Seth Meyers are just some of the late night hosts that have resorted to uploading shortened renditions of their talk shows onto Youtube. Even Hollywood giant John Krasinski has created his own channel, Some Good News, in which he is as intimate as he is optimistic about the good to be found during these testing times.
It’s hard to say what the entertainment landscape will look like once the planet has seen this pandemic through as this is an unprecedented event in modern history.
While it seems as though this public health crisis has plans to make sure its effects are felt in the upcoming months, one thing is for certain: the show goes on.