The superstars of the supernatural will now return to multiplexes in June 2021
In what is easily becoming nothing more than a rather expensive, big-budget merry-go-round, it has been revealed that the Sony sequel ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife‘ that was due for release back in July of this year before being moved to March 5th, 2021 is on the move yet again. The film will now open instead on June 11th, 2021-exactly 37 years after the very first film hit the box office in the United States. The film, this time directed by Jason Reitman, son of original director Ivan Reitman, picks up the story 30 years after the events of 1989s ‘Ghostbusters II‘.
Once again, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson are strapping on the Proton Packs alongside the returning Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts while newcomers include Carrie Coon, McKenna Grace, Finn Wolfhard, and the brilliant Paul Rudd. The film is probably better suited to a summer release instead of a spring one in reality and so, it remains to be seen if Sony has made the right decision.
Also on the move, is the remake/reboot/ sequel/ whatever of the horror film ‘Candyman‘ directed by Nia DaCosta and produced by Jordan Peele. The film was due for release on September 25th before being shunted to October 16th before now being pushed back to August 27th, 2021. The film stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, and what could be the best thing for the film, the return of Candyman himself, the legendary Tony Todd as the hook-handed killer.
Sony has also announced that the sequel to 2016s hit ‘Don’t Breathe‘ will be hitting the screen on August 13th, 2021. Rodo Sayagues makes his directorial debut this time from a script he wrote in collaboration with his friend and fellow filmmaker Fede Alvarez who directed the first film from a screenplay written by himself and Sayagues. The original film cost $10million to make but went on to gross $157million at the box office. Once again, Stephen Lang is playing his character of Norman Nordstrom/ The Blind Man, this time hiding in an isolated cabin with a young orphan girl he has raised ever since she lost her family in a house fire. When a group of kidnappers takes the girl away, Nordstrom must leave his home in an attempt to rescue her. After Norman was revealed to be the villain in the original film, it is a complete turnaround to see him playing the hero in the sequel.
These are today’s moves ahead of next summers deluge of big-budget movies held over from this year. They are not the first and surely won’t be the last to switch dates during the coming few months. We will keep you up to date with all the release date changes as soon as they are revealed.
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Carl Roberts is a Senior Entertainment/Books and Literature Correspondent for The Future of the Force. Aside from being our horror genre aficionado, he is also passionate about Star Wars, Marvel, DC, and the Indiana Jones movies. Follow him on Twitter @CarlRoberts2 where he uses the force frequently!