Sony postponing release of Ghostbusters: Afterlife and Morbius amid coronavirus crisis

Executives at Sony Pictures have postponed the release of films including Ghostbusters: Afterlife and Morbius until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Due to social distancing measures leading to the closure of cinemas around the world, many movies…

Executives at Sony Pictures have postponed the release of films including Ghostbusters: Afterlife and Morbius until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Due to social distancing measures leading to the closure of cinemas around the world, many movies set for release in the coming months have been postponed, and on Monday, studio bosses at Sony announced they were shelving the majority of their 2020 releases, the most sweeping move by a major studio since the Covid-19 pandemic began.

Jason Reitman’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife, the fourth instalment in the supernatural comedy franchise, has been moved from its 10 July 2020 opening slot to 5 March 2021, while Morbius, a Marvel Comics adaptation starring Jared Leto as a vampire, has been pushed back from 31 July 2020 to 19 March 2021.

The film adaptation of video game Uncharted, which is set to star Tom Holland, Mark Wahlberg, and Antonio Banderas, has also been moved from 5 March 2021 to 8 October 2021. The flick, to be directed by Venom’s Ruben Fleischer, has been in development for years, and after being beset by multiple setbacks, it was due to begin filming in March, before the pandemic forced all movie productions to shut down.

Earlier this month, Sony officials announced they were postponing animated sequel Peter Rabbit 2, also known as Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway, from March until August, but the movie has been delayed once again and is now without a release date.

Greyhound, a World War II movie starring Tom Hanks, and an untitled Sony/Marvel movie, which were due to be released in June and October, respectively, have been taken off the release schedule indefinitely.

However, one project has been brought forward into 2020 – Kevin Hart’s drama, Fatherhood, will now be released on 23 October 2020 instead of 15 January 2021.

Other big movie releases to be delayed so far include No Time to Die, A Quiet Place II, Wonder Woman 1984, and Fast and Furious 9.

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Bill Murray confirmed to return as Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Bill Murray has confirmed he’s reprising his role as Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters: Afterlife.It was rumoured last year that the Hollywood veteran would be reprising his role as the much-loved scientist alongside Dan Aykroyd as Ray Stantz and Ernie Hud…

Bill Murray has confirmed he’s reprising his role as Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters: Afterlife.

It was rumoured last year that the Hollywood veteran would be reprising his role as the much-loved scientist alongside Dan Aykroyd as Ray Stantz and Ernie Hudson as Winston Zeddemore in the upcoming sequel.

And in an interview with Vanity Fair on the set of Jason Reitman’s movie, Murray revealed he agreed to return after reading the script last summer.

“The script is good,” Murray explained. “It’s got lots of emotion in it. It’s got lots of family in it, with through lines that are really interesting. It’s gonna work.”

The late Harold Ramis, who played Egon Spengler in both Ghostbusters films, passed away in 2014, and Murray touchingly acknowledged his loss as he reunited with his former co-stars.

“Well, we are a man down. That’s the deal,” the 69-year-old said. “And that’s the story that we’re telling, that’s the story they’ve written.”

Ghostbusters: Afterlife director Reitman, who is the eldest child of Ivan Reitman, who directed the 1984 original and its 1989 follow-up, insisted to Vanity Fair that each actor will have a “meaningful role”, and explained the latest outing was a touching tribute to his father.

“If I think about who I’m making this movie for, it’s my father,” he shared. “We all know what it’s like to be told stories by our parents. I’m really honored to get a chance to tell one back to him from the world he brought to life.”

Ghostbusters: Afterlife, which also stars Paul Rudd, Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard and Mckenna Grace and features appearances from original stars Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts, will be in cinemas from 10 July.

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Kaitlyn Dever creates playlists to prepare for roles

Kaitlyn Dever creates playlists to help her get in the headspace of her character.The Booksmart actress has been using the technique to prepare for each new role since she was inspired by director Jason Reitman before filming 2014 movie Men, Women & Ch…

Kaitlyn Dever creates playlists to help her get in the headspace of her character.

The Booksmart actress has been using the technique to prepare for each new role since she was inspired by director Jason Reitman before filming 2014 movie Men, Women & Children in late 2013.

“Before we started shooting Jason was emailing the whole kids cast—like 10 kids on this movie—emailing us all and one of the very first initial questions he asked us was, ‘What is your character’s favourite song right now?’ And this just really stood out to me,” she told Vogue.com.au.

“That’s what inspired me to start creating playlists for characters I played. Because I feel like the music that I listen to as a person is so representative of how I am as a person at this current time, in my life and the emotions I’m feeling. So, I feel like… it fills in a lot of blanks that are sometimes necessary or sometimes needed for a role. I’ve definitely been doing that ever since I worked with him… I never thought to use music in that way or as a tool for my acting, but he taught me a lot that Jason Reitman.”

The 22-year-old employed the technique for her subsequent roles, such as Booksmart, Beautiful Boy and the upcoming Them That Follow.

For her new Netflix series Unbelievable, in which she plays Marie, a victim of sexual assault, Kaitlyn created a playlist of songs from the 2000s including Avril Lavigne.

“I created the playlist because I do that with everything I do now. I created the playlist because I thought it would kind of keep me in the mind zone that Marie was living in at the time,” the star shared. “I made a playlist of several songs from the 2000s (including) Avril Lavigne. It ended up actually being like (the) place I went to cheer myself up a little bit (when) I was listening to that playlist.”

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Dan Aykroyd confirms role in upcoming Ghostbusters sequel

Dan Aykroyd is officially set to revisit the Ghostbusters franchise for director Jason Reitman’s upcoming sequel.Of late, it has been rumoured that several original cast members were in talks to reprise their roles in the film, which is set to be relea…

Dan Aykroyd is officially set to revisit the Ghostbusters franchise for director Jason Reitman’s upcoming sequel.

Of late, it has been rumoured that several original cast members were in talks to reprise their roles in the film, which is set to be released next year, and now Aykroyd has thrilled fans by confirming the news he is set to bring back beloved character Ray Stantz.

“I’m not in the pictures so much anymore. We’ve got the Ghostbusters movie that we’re working on now and I will have to be performing in that,” Aykroyd said in an interview on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast. “(Original Ghostbusters director) Ivan Reitman’s son Jason has written a new movie called, well, it’s gonna be Ghostbusters, the third movie. It will be all, most of the original people and then young stars.”

The instalment also features Carrie Coon, Captain Marvel star Mckenna Grace, Stranger Things cast member Finn Wolfhard, and Paul Rudd.

Aykroyd and fellow original cast members Sigourney Weaver, Bill Murray, and Ernie Hudson all had cameos in Paul Feig’s 2016 reboot of the comedy, which starred Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones.

Back in February, Reitman seemingly criticised the female-led reboot by commenting that his follow-up to the 1984 original will “hand the movie back to fans”.

“I’m not making the Juno of Ghostbusters movies,” the filmmaker said during an episode of Bill Burr’s Monday Morning Podcast. “This is gonna be a love letter to Ghostbusters… I want to make a movie for my fellow Ghostbusters fans.”

However, he later took to Twitter to clarify his comments, and said he had “nothing but admiration for Paul and Leslie and Kate and Melissa and Kristen”.

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Carrie Coon and Finn Wolfhard in talks for Ghostbusters sequel

Actress Carrie Coon has been tapped to play the mother of Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard in the new Ghostbusters sequel. Filmmaker Jason Reitman is working on a revamp of the beloved franchise, which will serve as a follow-up to his father Ivan’s …

Actress Carrie Coon has been tapped to play the mother of Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard in the new Ghostbusters sequel.

Filmmaker Jason Reitman is working on a revamp of the beloved franchise, which will serve as a follow-up to his father Ivan’s Ghostbusters II from 1989, and will reportedly focus on a single mother and her family.

Now, according to Variety, Reitman has found his leads in Carrie and Finn, who have entered talks to front the movie.

Further details about the project have yet to be revealed, and it’s not yet known if original franchise stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson will appear in the forthcoming sequel.

Reitman, who is directing from a script he co-wrote with Gil Kenan, gave fans an early glimpse at his Ghostbusters 3 by debuting a teaser in January (19), which featured the fabled Ghostbusters car under a dust cover in a barn.

The movie news was announced less than three years after Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Kristen Wiig led Paul Feig’s all-female reboot, but it flopped with critics and fans of the 1980s movies, despite including appearances by Murray, Aykroyd, and Hudson.

Reitman’s version will not be connected in any way to Feig’s film, and the “insulting” revelation left Saturday Night Live star Jones fuming.

However, McCarthy recently weighed in on the controversy, and insisted she was fully supportive of Reitman’s vision.

“I’m for anybody who’s making movies,” she told Entertainment Tonight last month (Feb19). I talked to Jason about it, he’s just always had this idea, and his goes back to the world where the guys (from the original films) did exist and I’m like, ‘I want to see that.’ I’m all for it. I say like, ‘Tell the story.'”

She added, “I think there’s a million stories to be told. He’s a really, really good filmmaker and a really good storyteller, so I will be there buying my ticket. I’m all for it.”

Ghostbusters 3 will be a family affair for Jason as his dad Ivan, who directed the first two installments, will serve as a producer.

Production is due to begin this summer (19), ahead of a July, 2020 launch.

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Melissa McCarthy ‘all for’ new Ghostbusters sequel

Oscar nominee Melissa McCarthy has thrown her support behind filmmaker Jason Reitman’s planned revamp of the Ghostbusters franchise, less than three years after starring in an all-female reboot. The Can You Ever Forgive Me? actress featured alongside …

Oscar nominee Melissa McCarthy has thrown her support behind filmmaker Jason Reitman’s planned revamp of the Ghostbusters franchise, less than three years after starring in an all-female reboot.

The Can You Ever Forgive Me? actress featured alongside comediennes Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones in Paul Feig’s 2016 version, which flopped with critics and fans of the original 1980s movies, despite including appearances by franchise stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson.

Jason, whose dad Ivan Reitman directed the first two Ghostbusters installments, recently announced he had started work on a new Ghostbusters movie, which will serve as a sequel to his father’s Ghostbusters II and not be connected in any way to Feig’s film.

The news angered Leslie, who fumed about the plans on Twitter: ”So insulting. Like f**k us. We dint (didn’t) count,” she raged last month (Jan19). ”It’s like something (controversial U.S. President Donald) Trump would do… ‘Gonna redo ghostbusteeeeers, better with men, will be huge. Those women ain’t ghostbusteeeeers’ ugh so annoying (sic). Such a d**k move. And I don’t give f**k I’m saying something!”

Feig showed his support for Leslie following her outburst, but expressed his interest in seeing what Reitman came up with, even though he was disappointed his leading ladies wouldn’t be invited to take part in the action.

Now Melissa has weighed in on the dispute, insisting she has no hard feelings towards Juno director Reitman, and is excited to check out his take on the beloved franchise.

“I’m for anybody who’s making movies,” she told Entertainment Tonight. I talked to Jason about it, he’s just always had this idea, and his goes back to the world where the guys (from the original films) did exist and I’m like, ‘I want to see that.’

“I’m all for it. I say like, ‘Tell the story.'”

She added, “I think there’s a million stories to be told. He’s a really, really good filmmaker and a really good storyteller, so I will be there buying my ticket. I’m all for it.”

A teaser for Jason’s Ghostbusters 3 debuted online in January (19) and featured the fabled Ghostbusters car under a dust cover in a barn.

It’s not yet known if Hudson, Murray, and Aykroyd will appear in his sequel.

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J. K. Simmons: ‘I’m not a fan of biopics’

J. K. Simmons tends to avoid biopics when it comes to choosing film roles.The Oscar-winning actor has starred in everything from indie smash hits Juno and Whiplash, to blockbusters like Justice League and Spider-Man, as well as being a regular on the s…

J. K. Simmons tends to avoid biopics when it comes to choosing film roles.

The Oscar-winning actor has starred in everything from indie smash hits Juno and Whiplash, to blockbusters like Justice League and Spider-Man, as well as being a regular on the small screen.

However, over the course of his 33 years in front of the camera, Simmons has generally stayed away from biopics – a self-imposed rule he broke for The Front Runner last year.

“I’m just not a fan,” he simply told CinemaBlend about the genre. “I find them at their worst to be just kind of a trap. First of all, you’re telling stories that we know. And second of all, you’re almost always messing with the story in a certain way because it’s going to be from whoever’s point of view, and you’re either trying to glorify or vilify that person.”

The Front Runner tells the story of American Senator Gary Hart’s 1988 presidential campaign, which was swiftly derailed when he was caught in a scandalous love affair.

Hugh Jackman took on the role of Hart, with Vera Farmiga playing his wife Lee, Simmons starring as campaign manager Bill Dixon and Jason Reitman directing the feature.

“Whereas with Jason (Reitman), he’s the ideal person to do a biopic like this because he, more than any director I can think of, does not want to tell the audience what to think and how to feel about something,” Simmons continued. “He wants to spark debate, show all sides of an issue and all of its warts and let people draw their own conclusions.”

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Leslie Jones insulted about new Ghostbusters sequel

Comedienne Leslie Jones has slammed plans to revamp the Ghostbusters movie franchise. The Saturday Night Live regular was part of the cast of Paul Feig’s all-female Ghostbusters reboot in 2016, and now she’s insulted there’s already another movie in d…

Comedienne Leslie Jones has slammed plans to revamp the Ghostbusters movie franchise.

The Saturday Night Live regular was part of the cast of Paul Feig’s all-female Ghostbusters reboot in 2016, and now she’s insulted there’s already another movie in development – and director Jason Reitman isn’t planning on using Jones or any of her castmates.

“So insulting. Like f**k us. We dint (didn’t) count,” she tweets, days after the first teaser for Ghostbusters 3 was released last week (ends18Jan19).

“It’s like something (Donald) trump would do. (Trump voice) ‘Gonna redo ghostbusteeeeers (sic), better with men, will be huge. Those women ain’t ghostbusteeeeers’ ugh so annoying. Such a d**k move. And I don’t give f**k I’m saying something!!”

Feig’s all-female reboot wasn’t a hit with critics or fans of the long-running franchise, even though three of the Ghostbusters’ original cast members – Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson – were featured in the film, and now it seems movie bosses want to try a sequel to the first two projects, and not a follow up to the 2016 movie.

Jason Reitman, the son of Ivan Reitman who directed the first two Ghostbusters films, has revealed his new film will be “the next chapter in the original franchise”, adding, “It is not a reboot. What happened in the Eighties happened in the Eighties, and this is set in the present day.”

Reitman has yet to respond to Leslie’s angry tweet and it isn’t known if Hudson, Murray and Aykroyd will appear in his sequel.

Last week’s teaser, which debuted online, featured the fabled Ghostbusters car under a dust cover in a barn.

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Jason Reitman to direct new Ghostbusters movie

Jason Reitman is following in his father Ivan Reitman’s footsteps by directing a new Ghostbusters movie. The Juno moviemaker will direct and co-write another instalment set in the original Ghostbusters franchise, following on from the 1984 and 1989 fi…

Jason Reitman is following in his father Ivan Reitman’s footsteps by directing a new Ghostbusters movie.

The Juno moviemaker will direct and co-write another instalment set in the original Ghostbusters franchise, following on from the 1984 and 1989 films directed by his dad.

“I’ve always thought of myself as the first Ghostbusters fan, when I was a six-year-old visiting the set. I wanted to make a movie for all the other fans,” Jason told Entertainment Weekly. “This is the next chapter in the original franchise. It is not a reboot. What happened in the ’80s happened in the ’80s, and this is set in the present day.”

The sequel, which will be produced by Ivan, will be released by Sony Pictures in summer 2020 and is likely to begin filming in the next few months, from a script the Up in the Air director co-wrote with Gil Kenan.

Jason was reluctant to reveal any further details about the plot, new characters or whether original actors Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson or Bill Murray would return.

However, he made it clear his chapter will not be connected to Paul Feig’s 2016 all-female reboot starring Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig.

“I have so much respect for what Paul created with those brilliant actresses, and would love to see more stories from them. However, this new movie will follow the trajectory of the original film,” he said.

Jason’s new project brings his career full circle, as he shot a scene for the original but it was cut. He eventually appeared in the sequel, playing a birthday boy who was unimpressed by the Ghostbusters.

The 41-year-old has been asked about making his own Ghostbusters since his directorial debut in 2005 and he would usually crack a joke, when he had actually been considering it.

“I’ve thought about this franchise and it has occupied a piece of my heart for basically as long as I can remember,” he gushed.

Ivan, 72, told the publication he was touched and surprised that his son wanted to carry on his legacy, and said, “It will be a passing of the torch both inside and out… It was a decision he had to come to himself.”

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Hugh Jackman insisted on meeting Gary Hart before The Front Runner

Hugh Jackman insisted on meeting U.S. politician Gary Hart before portraying him in new film The Front Runner, even though his wife thought it was a bad idea. The Australian star plays the Senator whose 1988 presidential campaign was derailed by a lov…

Hugh Jackman insisted on meeting U.S. politician Gary Hart before portraying him in new film The Front Runner, even though his wife thought it was a bad idea.

The Australian star plays the Senator whose 1988 presidential campaign was derailed by a love affair scandal in Jason Reitman’s new movie, and he felt he needed to get to know Hart before he could portray him.

“My wife said, ‘Are you sure you want to meet him before the shoot, because it may make it harder for you’, but I had to go,” The Greatest Showman star tells WENN. “I had to look him in the eye and let him know I understand how difficult this must be.

“I wanted to say, ‘I take it really seriously and I’m going to do everything I possibly can’. I needed him to feel that.”

Jackman and Hart have since become friends, which made getting an honest review from the politician tough: “When Jason (Reitman) showed the film to Gary the entire campaign team flew into Denver 30 years later to be with him to watch it. I think they wound up watching it the night before Gary. I think he wanted to hear from them whether he should see it or not!

“He was very kind to me. I think that’s the politician in him. We’ve become friends so even if he hated it he would find something positive to say. He knew how nervous I was portraying him.”

And making The Front Runner made Jackman realise once and for all he is not cut out for a career as a politician.

“I saw all those negative ads for candidates and I thought, ‘I’ve got a movie coming out and thank God Matt Damon doesn’t all of a sudden put out an ad stating I’ve seen the movie. It sucks! And by the way Hugh Jackman is a fraud. You think he’s a nice guy and I saw the way he treats his assistant terribly. By the way, why are we giving away American jobs to an Australian!'”

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