Sony is facing a series of challenges as the actors and writers strikes wreak havoc on their theatrical calendar. Among the changes, the highly anticipated “Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse” has been pulled from its scheduled spring 2024 release date.
The studio is also reevaluating its release plans for the racing film “Gran Turismo,” which was originally set to open in August with stars Orlando Bloom and David Harbour promoting it. However, with the strikes affecting promotions, the film will now open wide on August 25, with sneak previews on its original date of August 11, as well as on August 18.
Other adjustments include the relocation of Aaron Taylor-Johnson‘s “Kraven the Hunter” from October to August 2024, and the announcement of two big films: “Bad Boys 4” for June 14, 2024, and “Venom 3” for July 12, 2024.
Sony’s decision to make these changes marks the first major move by a Hollywood studio in response to the ongoing strikes. Cinema owners fear that this disruption could continue to affect the release calendar for this year and the next.
It depends on how long the strike will last
“Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse” is a notable casualty of the strikes, being part of a successful franchise. The film’s release has been postponed due to actors being unable to do voice work. Originally set to open on March 29, 2024, the movie has been taken off the calendar for now.
As for “Gran Turismo,” the studio is experimenting with sneak previews to gauge audience response, given the absence of stars for promotions. “The stars can’t promote the film, but the audience can,” a Sony spokesperson stated.
While other studios are still observing the situation, Sony’s bold moves indicate that the resolution of the strikes may not be imminent. The industry is closely watching these developments, as the stakes are high, especially wit
h big fall and winter tentpoles possibly being impacted.
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