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Sony postpones launch of marquee films until 2021 in face of pandemic

With the coronavirus pandemic continuing to keep many theaters in the U.S. and abroad shuttered, Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. has postponed the launch of many of its major films from summer and fall into 2021.

Tentpole Sony Pictures titles, whose releases have been delayed, include "Morbius," "Ghostbusters: Afterlife" and "Uncharted."

The move is the latest and most far-reaching by major Hollywood studios, including The Walt Disney Co., Universal Pictures and Paramount Pictures, to defer the premieres of key films in deference to the health concerns posed by COVID-19.

Sony Pictures has moved "Greyhound," starring Tom Hanks, who has contracted the virus, from a June 12 launch, but has not yet staked a new release date.

"Ghostbusters: Afterlife," set to bow on July 10, is now slated to call March 5, 2021, while "Morbius," scheduled for July 31, is now on tap for March 19, 2021. Another untitled Sony Marvel entry has been moved off its Oct. 8 slot but has yet to be given a new opening date.

"Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway" has hopped from Aug. 7 to Jan. 15, 2021, with "Uncharted" moving from March 5, 2021, to Oct. 8, 2021.

Conversely, Sony Pictures has moved up the release of "Fatherhood," starring Kevin Hart, from Jan. 15, 2021, to Oct. 23.

Disney has indefinitely delayed "Mulan" and "Black Widow," while Paramount pulled the sequel to "A Quiet Place" from its scheduled release date. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.'s 25th James Bond entry "No Time to Die" moved from April 10 to head the Thanksgiving weekend with a Nov. 25 bow, while Universal's "F9," the ninth iteration of the "Fast & Furious" franchise, shifted gears from May 23 to April 2, 2021.