While no one wants to call the escalation of COVID-19 infections in the last month a fourth wave, movie studios are starting to treat it as such. Film releases are once again on the move.
Variety reports Venom: Let There Be Carnage has decamped from September 24th and will bow on October 15th instead. The move is in anticipation of a continued increase in infections through the end of summer. Beyond COVID-19 relates woes making people reluctant to return to US theaters, the site notes critical international markets are also struggling to float even quality tentpole releases.
A Deadline article published earlier today suggested both Carnage and the fourth Hotel Transylvania film, Hotel Transylvania: Transformania, would move from their release slots — with the latter possible shifting to streaming. That move definitely seems wise with Hotel Transylvania‘s target audience still ineligible for vaccination in the US. It is still unclear if the film will make the switch, but considering Paramount pulled its live-action Clifford adaptation from the schedule altogether, we expect films aimed at children and families will be the last to return to theaters.
For the moment, though, the original film to suffer delays due to the pandemic, No Time to Die, is still set on its October 8th release. Granted, that could change at a moment’s notice as the unofficial fourth wave continues to ravage parts of the US and the world.
At the same time, we hope the wave will have passed by October and that there will not be a large fifth wave during the holidays.