Increasing rates of Covid infection due to the delta variant has studios agonizing once again over what to do with major releases.
When the pandemic seemed to be retreating in early summer, entertainment executives felt comfortable making longer-term plans, setting theatrical release dates for upcoming blockbusters like “Dune,” the “Top Gun” sequel “Maverick,” “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” and the latest film in the James Bond franchise, “No Time To Die.” But as Covid infection rates surge again, Hollywood is once more scrambling to shift gears.
Paramount was the first to change course a few weeks ago, announcing that it was removing the family film, “Clifford the Big Red Dog” from its release calendar for the time being. Then Sony, too, blinked, turning to the streamers to once again salvage what investment it could from a major film. The company decided to sell the sure-thing animated hit “Hotel Transylvania 4: Transformania” to Amazon rather than proceed with a theatrical debut as planned. Sony execs