Sony delays Venom movie sequel release amid new Covid-19 wave

Cast member Michelle Williams attends the premiere for the movie Venom in Los Angeles, California, US, on Oct 1, 2018.
PHOTO: Reuters

LOS ANGELES - Sony Corp's movie studio on Thursday (Aug 12) delayed the release of superhero sequel Venom: Let There Be Carnage by nearly a month to mid-October as the United States grapples with a new wave of Covid-19 infections.

The movie starring Tom Hardy as the Marvel Comics character will now debut in theaters on Oct 15 instead of Sept 24, Sony Pictures said via email.

Hollywood studios have been shuffling their schedules throughout the pandemic but had hoped for a movie going rebound in the autumn.

The Delta variant of Covid-19 has led to a rise in infections in the United States, raising concern about whether audiences will feel safe sitting in cinemas.

The original Venom movie in 2018 took in more than $850 million (S$1.2 billion) at global box offices.

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