Sony Pictures Delays Several High-Profile Movies Due to Writer’s Strike

Sony Pictures Entertainment has delayed the release dates of several high-profile movies due to the ongoing writer’s strike. The strike, which began on July 1, has led to a shortage of scripts, which has made it difficult for studios to complete their films on time.

Among the movies that have been delayed are:

  • Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse (originally scheduled for March 29, 2024). A new release date is to be expected soon.
  • Kraven the Hunter (originally scheduled for October 6, 2023). The release date has been shifted to August 30, 2024.
  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife 2 (originally scheduled for December 20, 2023). Now expected release on Easter weekend next year (March 29, 2024).
  • Karate Kid (originally scheduled for June 7, 2024). Expect to see the reboot on December 13, 2024.
  • They Listen (no new release date yet).

It’s not all delays for the studio though with announcements for a few new release dates for their upcoming films. Madame Web, starring Dakota Johnson, will be released on Valentine’s Day 2024, two days earlier than its original release date of February 16. Venom 3 has been moved to July 12, 2024, and Bad Boys 4 will be released on June 14, 2024.

The studio’s most imminent release is Gran Turismo, a sports biopic directed by Neill Blomkamp and starring David Harbour, Orlando Bloom, and Archie Madekwe. Originally scheduled to open wide on August 11, the release date has been changed to a limited release over the weekends of August 11 and 18, with a wide release on August 25. The studio is hoping that this will help the film open on track, as it has received strong early audience testing and word-of-mouth.

Sony Pictures is not the only studio that has been affected by the writer’s strike. Other studios that have delayed movies include Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures, and Warner Bros.

The writer’s strike is a labor dispute between the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). The WGA is seeking better pay and working conditions for writers. The AMPTP has refused to meet the WGA’s demands, and the strike has continued. It is unclear when the writer’s strike will end.

In the meantime, fans of these movies will have to wait a little longer to see them.

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