On Friday, in the dead of night, as the frigid winter winds howled through the East Coast, Sony Pictures cemented dates for its comic book vampire movie and a ghost-hunting sequel.
Jason Reitman’s surprise Ghostbusters movie, planned for a summer 2020 release, officially hammered down July 10, 2020 for its theatrical bow, EW can confirm. Three weeks later, Morbius, the Spider-Man-based spin-off film starring Jared Leto as the soon-to-be vampiric antihero, will premiere on July 31, 2020.
These new dates come amid a few scheduling shifts for various Sony releases, including, as Deadline reports, a flag pole planted for an undisclosed Marvel film on Oct. 2, 2020. Given the box office success of Venom, the planned sequel to the Tom Hardy symbiote flick feels like a solid guess, though the studio is also developing multiple other standalone films based on characters surrounding — but not including — Spider-Man, thanks to that deal to bring Tom Holland’s web-slinger into Disney’s Avengers world.
EW exclusively broke the news that Reitman, son of original Ghostbusters helmer Ivan Reitman, who write and direct a new Ghostbusters movie set long after the events of the 1984 movie. It does not have any affiliation with Paul Feig’s female-fronted Ghostbusters, which brought up sore feelings for the filmmaker and stars.
“It is not a reboot. What happened in the ‘80s happened in the ‘80s, and this is set in the present day,” Reitman said.
Morbius, meanwhile, is based on Spider-Man comic villain Dr. Michael Morbius, a biochemist who inadvertently infects himself with vampirism after attempting to cure himself of a rare blood disease. Sony recently cast The Crown‘s Matt Smith to star opposite Leto in the film, which is directed by Daniel Espinosa.
Sony’s Greyhound also moved a year from March 22, 2019 to May 8, 2020, Black and Blue set a Sep. 20, 2019 release, and Mister Rogers film A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood moved from Oct. 18, 2019 to Nov. 22, 2019.