This is bad, no matter which way you look at it. Sony has yanked MORBIUS and GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE from the schedule. Both movies will now premiere in theaters, presumably, in March of 2021. That just plain sucks. Is this proof that the pandemic won’t be over in time for theaters to reopen by July? No. The studios—and make sure you grasp this—don’t know SHIT. What’s happening is, they’re trying to plan ahead. They know that IF the pandemic isn’t over with by July, then all the studios are going to be moving ALL the movies to next year. Sony decided to stake out their spot of real estate now, before some other studio claimed those weekends. But it still means that we won’t get to see two of the movies I’ve most been looking forward to until next year. And that simply blows.
Will there be a panic now with the other studios? Will they all start pulling their movies from the schedule and delaying them until next year? If they do that, then there won’t be any movies for us to go see even if the social distancing quarantine IS lifted by this summer. Conversely, by taking a gamble, any studio that does NOT move its summer movies until next year will have the playing field largely to themselves, free of competition, should theaters reopen by summer. The gamble, of course, is that we’ll all still be in lockdown through the summer and by waiting to reschedule they’ll have a hard time finding an open spot on next year’s calendar.
I am SO over this virus. Damn it to the hottest hells forever!
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced, and directed (and occasionally acted in) over two dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and True Crime genres. He obtained a doctorate in Occult Studies from Miskatonic University and is an active paranormal investigator. Is frequently told he resembles Anton Lavey. And Ming the Merciless.
Denn die totden reiten schnell!