Spider-Man 3 and Doctor Strange 2 release dates pushed back

The upcoming instalments in the Spider-Man and Doctor Strange franchises have both been pushed back by four months due to the coronavirus pandemic.Sony executives announced a further reshuffle of their release date calendar on Friday and revealed that …

The upcoming instalments in the Spider-Man and Doctor Strange franchises have both been pushed back by four months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Sony executives announced a further reshuffle of their release date calendar on Friday and revealed that the follow-up to Spider-Man: Homecoming and Far From Home, starring Tom Holland, had been moved to 5 November 2021 from its original date of 16 July 2021, while the sequel to the animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse had been postponed by six months to October 2022.

On the same day, Disney bosses made more changes to their schedule, announcing that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the sorcerer, would no longer be coming to cinemas on 5 November 2021, but on 25 March 2022. They have also decided to move up Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder by a week in February 2022.

In addition, Paramount officials confirmed that they are delaying the release of the seventh and eighth Mission: Impossible movies, starring Tom Cruise. The crew was preparing to film in Venice, Italy when the pandemic hit and they were forced to halt production. The seventh, which was due to be released on 23 July 2021, will now debut four months later on 19 November 2021, while the eighth will come out on 4 November 2022.

Elsewhere in release date news, Tom Holland’s much-delayed video game adaptation Uncharted has been brought forward from October 2021 to July 2021, Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson’s comedy Man From Toronto has been shifted from this November to September 2021, Chris Pratt’s post-apocalyptic thriller The Tomorrow War will now open on 23 July 2021, and the Paw Patrol movie will debut on 20 August 2021.

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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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Production on The Matrix 4 and Uncharted shut down over coronavirus pandemic

The Matrix 4 and Uncharted are the latest movies to be affected by the global coronavirus pandemic.Director Lana Wachowski had begun work on the fourth instalment in the sci-fi franchise back in February, with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss reprisin…

The Matrix 4 and Uncharted are the latest movies to be affected by the global coronavirus pandemic.

Director Lana Wachowski had begun work on the fourth instalment in the sci-fi franchise back in February, with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss reprising their roles for the highly-anticipated project.

But in the time since production moved from San Francisco to Berlin, where Wachowski was preparing to shoot this week, U.S. President Donald Trump has introduced strict travel restrictions from most European countries to America, prompting Warner Bros. bosses to make the decision to halt filming indefinitely.

It is unknown when production on the film, which also stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Neil Patrick Harris, will restart, and if the planned release date of 2021 will be impacted.

More than 186,000 people have been infected, with at least 7,471 deaths, since the outbreak began in Wuhan, China back in December.

Several European countries, including France, Germany, and Italy, have temporarily closed their borders and put residents into lockdown to stop the spread of the virus.

Also affected is Uncharted, Sony’s big-screen adaptation of the PlayStation video game franchise, which has been put on hold for six weeks.

The project, starring Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg, was in the pre-production phase. And any changes to the filming schedule may delay Holland’s upcoming third Spider-Man movie, which was due to begin shooting this summer.

Director Travis Knight exited Uncharted earlier this year over concerns that it would have to be completed quickly in order to release Holland for his duties as the web-slinging superhero at Marvel.

Ruben Fleischer eventually took over as director, but the release date was postponed by three months to March 2021.

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Antonio Banderas joining Tom Holland in Uncharted

Antonio Banderas is joining Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg in upcoming action movie Uncharted.The big-screen adaptation of the popular PlayStation video game has been hit by delays since it was first announced back in 2016, but now the project not only …

Antonio Banderas is joining Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg in upcoming action movie Uncharted.

The big-screen adaptation of the popular PlayStation video game has been hit by delays since it was first announced back in 2016, but now the project not only has the Oscar-nominated actor onboard, but director Ruben Fleischer has been confirmed to helm the project, according to editors at Variety.

Details on who Banderas will play have not yet been revealed, but he isn’t the only new addition to the cast – Grey’s Anatomy actress Sophia Ali and The 100’s Tati Gabrielle have also landed roles in the action/adventure film.

In January, the movie was rocked when filmmaker Travis Knight announced that he was stepping away from directing duties after production clashed with Holland’s busy Marvel schedule.

Filming on Uncharted was set to begin this year, but delays on the as-yet-unannounced sequel to 2019’s Spider-Man: Far From Home pushed back the start date.

Holland will play treasure hunter Nathan Drake in the project, with Wahlberg cast as fellow treasure hunter Victor ‘Sully’ Sullivan.

Venom director Fleischer is the sixth filmmaker to take charge of the long-gestating movie, following the previous departures of David O. Russell, Neil Burger, Dan Trachtenberg, and Shawn Levy.

Art Marcum and Matt Holloway have penned the script, with Playstation Productions’ Asad Qizilbash and Carter Swan serving as executive producers.

Uncharted is set to hit cinemas in March 2021.

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Venom’s Ruben Fleischer tapped for Uncharted – report

Venom director Ruben Fleischer has reportedly been tapped to helm Uncharted.The big-screen adaptation of the popular PlayStation video game was rocked last week after it was revealed filmmaker Travis Knight had exited the movie after production clashed…

Venom director Ruben Fleischer has reportedly been tapped to helm Uncharted.

The big-screen adaptation of the popular PlayStation video game was rocked last week after it was revealed filmmaker Travis Knight had exited the movie after production clashed with star Tom Holland’s busy Marvel schedule.

According to Variety, Fleischer is the top of a list of candidates being considered by Sony officials, and sources have told the outlet that the 45-year-old has the job “if he wants it”.

Fleischer helmed Sony’s 2018 anti-superhero movie Venom, starring Tom Hardy, but passed on directing the sequel, with duties handed to Andy Serkis instead. Fleischer is also known for projects like 2009’s Zombieland and its 2019 follow-up, Zombieland 2: Double Tap.

Production on Uncharted was set to begin this year, with a tentative December 2020 release date, but delays on the as-yet-unannounced sequel to 2019’s Spider-Man: Far From Home pushed back a start date on the video game movie, prompting Knight to quit because of scheduling conflicts.

Holland, who has played the web-slinging superhero since 2017, will play treasure hunter Nathan Drake in the upcoming movie, with Mark Wahlberg cast as fellow treasure hunter Victor ‘Sully’ Sullivan.

Knight isn’t the first director to leave Uncharted, with the likes of David O. Russell, Neil Burger, Shawn Levy and Dan Trachtenberg linked to the long-running project, which will be written by Rafe Judkins, Art Marcum, and Matt Holloway.

Sony bosses are currently pushing forward with auditions for the female roles in the video game adaptation, as well as the part of villain Gabriel Roman.

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Travis Knight to exit Uncharted over Tom Holland’s busy Spider-Man schedule – report

Director Travis Knight is reportedly set to exit Uncharted because Tom Holland’s busy Spider-Man schedule is delaying filming.The actor, who has played the web-slinging superhero since 2017, is committed to the as-yet-unannounced sequel to 2019’s Spide…

Director Travis Knight is reportedly set to exit Uncharted because Tom Holland’s busy Spider-Man schedule is delaying filming.

The actor, who has played the web-slinging superhero since 2017, is committed to the as-yet-unannounced sequel to 2019’s Spider-Man: Far From Home, which will begin shooting this summer.

Production on Uncharted was set to begin this year, with a tentative December 2020 release date, but delays at the Marvel/Sony blockbuster are reportedly pushing back a production start date for the action adventure, prompting director Knight to exit the adaptation of the popular PlayStation video game series because of timing conflicts.

According to Variety, Sony will still push forward with the film, and Holland is still attached to star, alongside Mark Wahlberg, who joined the cast back in November.

The delay to production on Uncharted was reportedly a surprise for movie bosses, as auditions were only recently being held with actresses for the female roles in the video game adaptation, as well as the part of villain Gabriel Roman.

Now, casting decisions will have to wait as a replacement director is found, Variety adds, as well as the release date being rescheduled.

Knight isn’t the first director to leave Uncharted – which will be written by Rafe Judkins, Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. Shawn Levy was originally slated to direct but he was later replaced by Dan Trachtenberg, who departed the long-gestating project earlier this year.

Holland will play treasure hunter Nathan Drake in the upcoming movie, with Wahlberg cast as fellow treasure hunter Victor ‘Sully’ Sullivan.

A representative for Sony has yet to comment on the report.

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Mark Wahlberg set to join Uncharted movie

Mark Wahlberg is in final talks to star alongside Tom Holland in action movie Uncharted. A film adaptation of the popular video game franchise has been in the works for many years and at one point, The Fighter actor was set to star as treasure hunter N…

Mark Wahlberg is in final talks to star alongside Tom Holland in action movie Uncharted.

A film adaptation of the popular video game franchise has been in the works for many years and at one point, The Fighter actor was set to star as treasure hunter Nathan Drake. However, in 2016, he revealed he was no longer attached to the movie and the Spider-Man: Homecoming actor was subsequently announced as the new Nathan Drake in 2017.

According to editors at Variety, Wahlberg wanted to return to the project after learning bosses at Sony Pictures were transforming it into a prequel to the games, which launched on PlayStation in 2007, and he is now in negotiations to play Victor ‘Sully’ Sullivan, a fellow treasure hunter, fortune seeker and businessman, who serves as a friend, mentor and father figure to Drake, who journeys across the world to uncover various historical mysteries.

Since Holland has been in the lead role, the project has passed through a number of directors. He was originally set to work with Stranger Things’ Shawn Levy, but after he dropped out to film Free Guy, 10 Cloverfield Lane’s Dan Trachtenberg was drafted in as a replacement in January. However, in September it was revealed he had quit, and Travis Knight, who made his live-action debut in 2018 with Bumblebee, would be the new director.

Rafe Judkins is penning the script with Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. Production is set to start next year ahead of an expected December 2020 cinema release.

The British actor has multiple projects set for release in 2020, including sci-fi adventure Chaos Walking, drama thriller The Devil All the Time, and a voice role in Disney’s Onward. He is currently filming military drama Cherry, the latest film from his Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo.

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Dan Trachtenberg replaces Shawn Levy as Uncharted director

10 Cloverfield Lane’s Dan Trachtenberg has stepped in to replace Shawn Levy as director of the film adaptation of video game Uncharted. The Stranger Things producer and director signed on to the project in October 2016 ahead of a scheduled 2017 shoot …

10 Cloverfield Lane’s Dan Trachtenberg has stepped in to replace Shawn Levy as director of the film adaptation of video game Uncharted.

The Stranger Things producer and director signed on to the project in October 2016 ahead of a scheduled 2017 shoot with Avengers star Tom Holland, but in December (18) it was announced that he was departing the film to work on Free Guy, a comedy starring Ryan Reynolds.

Variety has now revealed that Trachtenberg has been lined up as his replacement.

Trachtenberg confirmed the news by retweeting an article and saying, “Thank ya!” to a Twitter user who congratulated him on his new job.

Another user shared footage of him talking about the Uncharted video game on a talk show in 2007 and saying, “I wish I could make this movie.” In the caption, the user wrote, “December 2007: @DannyTRS on Uncharted – ‘I wish I could make this movie.’ January 2019: Is making the movie.”

The director shared the message and added, “Small beginnings…”

The 37-year-old made his film directorial debut with 10 Cloverfield Lane in 2016, the same year he directed Black Mirror episode Playtest. He is the latest name to be in the director’s chair for the long-gestating project, which has been in development for at least ten years, with the likes of Seth Gordon and David O. Russell in the frame before Levy, and Mark Wahlberg attached to star before Holland.

The British actor, who is gearing up to reprise his role of Spider-Man in Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home this year, is still attached to play young treasure hunter Nathan Drake, a descendant of explorer Sir Francis Drake, in a story which will serve as a prequel to the plot of the Naughty Dog game.

The most recent draft of the script was penned by Jonathan Rosenberg and Mark Walker and Sony Pictures bosses reportedly hope it will go into production by the end of the year.

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