Sony officially delays Venom: Let There Be Carnage leaving the release of Black Widow now uncertain
‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage‘ has been pushed back from its June 25th opening to now reside in a September 17th spot. This is probably to do with Universal’s ‘F9-The Fast Saga‘ moving to open on June 25th and would have been in direct competition for the Sony comic book sequel.
The Tom Hardy starring film has been made to shift release dates again. Thanks to the pandemic, the film vacated its October 2nd, 2020 date to move to a summer release instead. With cases slowly coming down but not fast enough, the summer films are shifting release dates still. The move to September brings the prospect of the film opening against Kenneth Branaugh’s ‘Death On The Nile‘ and ‘The Boss Baby: Family Business‘.
Films could still move around the schedules. Take Disney/Marvel film ‘Black Widow‘ for example. Kevin Feige last week declared the film would be a theatrical experience first and foremost. But comments from Disney CEO Bob Chapek are less than thrilling. The film, long-delayed from last April currently has a release date of May 7th. However, Chapek now says the film’s release strategy will now be a ‘Last-minute thing’. That doesn’t inspire confidence. Speculation continues to grow that the film will become a Disney Premier Access title for $30 to Disney+ subscribers.
Some theatre chains who are open for business in the United States didn’t bother to carry the animated Disney film ‘Raya And The Last Dragon‘ when it became available earlier this month due to it being available as a Disney PVOD release. Chapek did have this to say about the plans:
“Our situation and our conditions change. Just a few weeks ago, theatres in New York and Los Angeles weren’t even open. Now, all of a sudden they’re open, so we’re waiting to see how prospective theatergoers respond to these reopenings. We’re going to remain flexible. We’ll make the call probably at the last minute in terms of how these films come to market, whether it’s Black Widow or any other title. We love the theatrical window. We think it’s important for building our franchises. At the same time, we don’t think it’s the only way to do it.”
“We’ll see what happens over the next couple of months. So much is changing, it’s such a dynamic environment. It’s really hard to predict what’s going to happen with consumer behaviour in the next month as it comes to re-emergence back into the world of normal. We’ll be watching the call carefully and make the call when we have to.”
Theatres reopening in New York and Los Angeles may be the dealbreaker that leads to the film keeping a theatrical release. However, the rest of the world is another matter entirely. Cinemas in the United Kingdom won’t be open until 17th May. Other countries are reporting a third wave of cases of the coronavirus. That may lead to their theatres remaining closed. Warner Bros. has already sent some of their movies including ‘Tom And Jerry-The Movie‘ and ‘Godzilla VS Kong‘ straight to PVOD in the U.K.
‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage‘ will open on September 17th. ‘Black Widow‘ is due for release on May 7th.
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