While it seems like the theatrical release business is coming back, some shifting in release dates continues.
The latest change is Venom: Let There Be Carnage, which, according to Deadline, is moving from its July 25th perch to September 17th. The move appears to be more about getting the film out of a crowded Summer marketplace (in the wake of F9‘s recent release change) than any concerns about a fourth COVID-19 wave. As the site notes, Sony is planning to put the movie out wide in every sort of theater format available. We hope drive-ins are among the plan.
The film sees Eddie Brock and Venom (both Tom Hardy) taking on Woody Harrelson‘s Cletus Kasady and a new symbiote called Carnage. Michelle Williams is also returning, though it remains to be seen if she will bond with Venom again. The first film was a surprise delight with cheesy goodness. We don’t expect the sequel, directed by Andy Serkis, to have that same charm, but we can’t wait to see how he does as a blockbuster filmmaker.
As it stands, only a handful of films have moved from May to June, causing a few ripples like Venom‘s move to early autumn. But it remains to be seen how well the line will hold as it gets closer to the time studios must commit their marketing budgets.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage opens on September 17th.