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Sony delays Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse, Kraven the Hunter and more due to ongoing Hollywood writers and actors strike


Sony Pictures is shaking up its release schedule amid ongoing writer and cast strikes, delaying a series of major releases. Upcoming and confirmed Marvel projects have been pushed back to 2024 and beyond, with Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse completely removed from its planned date of March 29, 2024. Kraven the Hunter, which was eyeing a release on March 6 October, was moved up almost a year, scheduled for August next year. As per Deadline, Sony Pictures was planning a world tour for its latest Spider Man spin-off of the universe, and for this, the presence of the leader Aaron Taylor-Johnson is obligatory.

Needless to say, the delay of Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse is the biggest blow to the studio, considering the strong showing of its predecessor, earning $682.4 million (approximately Rs. 5,615 crore ) at the worldwide box office. With full-motion strikes, actors will not be able to provide voiceovers, while the storyline will not be able to be edited in any form. Another live-action spin-off, Venom 3, which was due to start “very, very soon” – according to actress Juno Temple – is now scheduled for release on July 12, 2024. Meanwhile, Madame Web, led by Dakota Johnson, has moved . up two days, from February 16, 2024 to Valentine’s Day.

However, the Sony release most immediately affected is the Gran Turismo film, which was previously scheduled to hit theaters on August 10. The PlayStation video game adaptation starring Archie Madekwe (Midsommar) and David Harbor (Stranger Things) has been postponed for two weeks, with a release scheduled for August 25. “The stars can’t promote the film, but the audience can,” a Sony spokesperson told Deadline, also taking into account that its trailer will be shown in theaters within weeks future.

For the uninitiated, this is the first time since 1960 that writers and actors have gone on strike, expressing concerns about being adequately compensated for their work. Streaming platforms have ensured that artists only receive a flat fee, instead of residual compensation based on replays. There is also the debate that major production companies want to use AI in filmmaking, which would seriously affect jobs in the industry.

Then there’s the Ghostbusters: Afterlife sequel from returning director Gil Kenan, which has completed preliminary filming rounds but still needs its actors for some post-production work. Not to mention, the actors will not be allowed to do promotional work or conduct interviews for the film, as this is a violation of SAG-AFTRA (the actors’ union in the United States) rules. Instead of releasing on December 20 this year, the film was delayed to March 29, 2024, in direct competition with Bong Joon-ho’s Mickey 17, starring Robert Pattinson. Elsewhere, Bad Boys 4, which reunites comedy duo Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, recently finished filming and will be released on June 14, 2024, taking on Disney’s Inside Out sequel.

Sony Pictures has also shifted its upcoming film Karate Kid from June 7 to December 13, 2024. No filmmaker or casting has been announced for the same and now with the ongoing strike, the filming is completely halted. There was also a new Blumhouse film called They Listen scheduled for August 30, 2024, which now has no concrete date.


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