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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Jared Harris denies he’s playing Doctor Octopus in Morbius

Jared Harris has denied he’s playing villain Doctor Octopus in upcoming Spider-Man spin-off Morbius.The first trailer for the comic book thriller recently dropped to the delight of Marvel fans and showed Jared Leto as scientist Dr. Michael Morbius, who…

Jared Harris has denied he’s playing villain Doctor Octopus in upcoming Spider-Man spin-off Morbius.

The first trailer for the comic book thriller recently dropped to the delight of Marvel fans and showed Jared Leto as scientist Dr. Michael Morbius, who accidentally turns himself into a vampire after trying to cure himself of a rare blood disease.

Harris’ mysterious character has been described as a mentor to the young scientist, and the trailer shows him saying he’s known Michael Morbius since he was a boy.

Flashback footage also shows Harris’ character protecting a young Michael, leading fans to speculate that the 58-year-old will be playing Dr. Otto Octavius, aka Doctor Octopus.

However, during an interview with Variety at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards on Sunday, the Chernobyl star flat out denied he would be playing the villain.

“No,” Harris stated. “I love the imagination that the fans have, it’s exciting for me to think about the imagination that the fans have. But yeah no, it’s not.”

He also expressed his excitement at seeing the film when it’s released this summer, and teased: “That part is always a surprise, and that’s always impressive.”

Alfred Molina previously played the engineer-turned-villain, who has giant mechanical arms attached to his body that he controls with his mind, opposite Tobey Maguire as the web-slinging superhero in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 in 2004.

Morbius, which also stars Matt Smith, Michael Keaton and Tyrese Gibson, is released in July.

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Jared Leto eyeing serial killer role opposite Denzel Washington in The Little Things

Jared Leto is reportedly in early talks to join Denzel Washington and Rami Malek in The Little Things. Variety sources claim the Dallas Buyers Club actor is close to sealing a deal to play a serial killer in the upcoming film, which will star Washingt…

Jared Leto is reportedly in early talks to join Denzel Washington and Rami Malek in The Little Things.

Variety sources claim the Dallas Buyers Club actor is close to sealing a deal to play a serial killer in the upcoming film, which will star Washington and Malek as cops.

John Lee Hancock, who directed The Blind Side and Saving Mr. Banks, has been hired to write and direct the project, which begins filming later this year.

The Little Things follows Washington’s troubled and burned-out deputy sheriff Deke, who teams with top detective Baxter, played by Malek, as they attempt to catch a serial killer.

Leto has strong ties with Warner Bros., the studio behind the new project – the Oscar-winning actor appeared in Blade Runner 2049 in 2017, and as the Joker in Suicide Squad.

The 47-year-old recently wrapped production on Morbius, based on the Marvel comic-book anti-hero character, set to be released in July next year.

Leto will play Dr. Morbius, a scientist who tries to cure himself of a rare blood disease, only to gain vampire-like abilities in the process. Back in March, the 30 Seconds to Mars frontman shared a snap from the set shortly after filming got underway, and wrote: “1 week down, 11 to go.”

Doctor Who star Matt Smith is also onboard for the movie, with Safe House director Daniel Espinosa helming the project.

Leto was also seen in Netflix’s The Outsider, and recently produced the documentary A Day in the Life of America, which was filmed across America on Independence Day in 2017.

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Jared Harris over the moon to be working with Matt Smith on Morbius

Jared Harris couldn’t wait to reunite with his The Crown co-star Matt Smith on the set of Morbius.Jared Leto is taking on the lead in the new Spider-Man spin-off, with Smith set to play villain Loxias Crown. Harris is also part of Daniel Espinosa’s cas…

Jared Harris couldn’t wait to reunite with his The Crown co-star Matt Smith on the set of Morbius.

Jared Leto is taking on the lead in the new Spider-Man spin-off, with Smith set to play villain Loxias Crown. Harris is also part of Daniel Espinosa’s cast, though he’s keeping tight-lipped on his actual role.

“I knew that I would get to work with Matt again, so I was excited about that,” he told Collider when asked what drew him to the project. “We’ve become friends. We became friends on The Crown, and we stayed in touch, so that seemed like it would be fun. And then, I’m a fan of those movies. I grew up reading comic books, so I enjoy watching those films, and it seemed like it would be fun to be a part of it. I can’t say too much about it because, as you know, they are extremely strict about keeping a lid on everything, even naming the characters’ names.”

Morbius, a scientist who becomes a bloodthirsty vampire, was first introduced in 1971 for The Amazing Spider-Man Marvel comic book series.

Talking about his own comic habits, Harris, son of late screen legend Richard Harris, said he had “stacks and stacks” as a youngster.

“Back in the day, certainly when we would be on holiday, there was no television. VHS hadn’t been invented yet. You had to entertain yourselves, and when you were a kid who was nine years old, you read and re-read comics,” the 57-year-old recalled. “That was one of the ways you did it. You played games and cards, and you swam, and you kicked the ball around, but there were times when the adults wanted their own time. They didn’t want to talk to you or play with you, so you’d just go off and entertain yourself, and you’d re-read your stack of comics.”

Morbius hits cinemas in July 2020.

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Tyrese Gibson joins Marvel spin-off Morbius

Tyrese Gibson is joining Jared Leto in Spider-Man spin-off Morbius.It’s not known who the Fast & Furious franchise regular will be playing, but Leto, who also plays The Joker in DC movies, was confirmed as the Marvel villain in June (18). Former Doct…

Tyrese Gibson is joining Jared Leto in Spider-Man spin-off Morbius.

It’s not known who the Fast & Furious franchise regular will be playing, but Leto, who also plays The Joker in DC movies, was confirmed as the Marvel villain in June (18). Former Doctor Who star Matt Smith was also added to the cast at the start of the year.

Marvel baddie Morbius was introduced to comic book fans in 1971. Written by Roy Thomas and drawn by Gil Kane, the character’s backstory reveals him to be a scientist who tried to cure himself of a blood disease, with tragic results, leading to him being afflicted with vampire traits such as fangs and a thirst for blood. He wound up becoming an enemy of the web-slinging superhero.

Morbius is being directed by Daniel Espinosa, whose last film was 2017’s Life. The Sony flick is slated for a 2020 release.

Gibson is a comic fan himself, and brought out his own three-issue mini-series, Mayhem!, in 2009, published through Image Comics.

“When I was out (at Comic-Con promoting Death Race) I really got to know some of the fans and I was just asking questions like, ‘Look at you, you’ve got a full on Superman costume on or Batman costume,’ and they were just like, ‘I just love comic books.’ It was the first time I was ever exposed to that much selfless passion, to the point to where you don’t care how silly you may look – you don’t even consider it silly,” he previously told CNN.

“That really did something for me, because I’m motivated by passion. I thought I want to figure a way to be a part of this world, and that’s when Mayhem was born.”

He lobbied for the role of the Green Lantern in 2015, Photoshopping images of himself as the character across his Instagram page when it was announced a new movie was in the works at Warner Bros.

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Jared Leto to play Spider-Man villain Morbius in spin-off

Jared Leto has reportedly been tapped to portray comic book villain Morbius in a Spider-Man spin-off. The Oscar-winning actor will take on the titular character in Life director Daniel Espinosa’s new movie. According to Variety, he had been loosely at…

Jared Leto has reportedly been tapped to portray comic book villain Morbius in a Spider-Man spin-off.

The Oscar-winning actor will take on the titular character in Life director Daniel Espinosa’s new movie. According to Variety, he had been loosely attached to the project for a while, but only committed to it after meeting the filmmakers who were up for the job and making sure the movie was heading in the right direction. He reportedly met with Espinosa in Germany last month (May18) while he was on tour with his band Thirty Seconds to Mars.

Morbius was created for The Amazing Spider-Man comics in 1971 and made infrequent appearances over the years until 1992, when the character was revived in the Morbius, the Living Vampire series, which run until 1995.

In the comics, Morbius is a scientist who develops vampire-like traits, such as fangs and a thirst for blood, and superhuman abilities following a failed biochemical experiment in which he tried to cure himself of a blood disease.

This would mark Leto’s second time portraying a comic book villain – he previously played The Joker in the 2016 DC Comics movie Suicide Squad, a role he is thought to be reprising in a standalone Joker film, and a possible spin-off starring the Joker and Harley Quinn.

The Morbius film is being written by screenwriting duo Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama, known for Dracula Untold and Netflix series Lost in Space. It will be produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach with Lucas Foster.

The film has not been given a release date, but it set to go into production later this year. It will likely be another instalment in Sony’s Marvel Universe, a rival to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) owned by Disney. Sony’s version kicks off in October with Spider-Man spin-off Venom, starring Tom Hardy, Riz Ahmed, and Michelle Williams.

Sony owns the rights to the Spider-Man world, but bosses reached a deal with Disney in 2015 so the character, portrayed by Tom Holland, could appear Captain America: Civil War and subsequent Avengers movies. Holland is preparing to film standalone Spider-Man sequel Far From Home.

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