Let the Bayhem commence. Sony Pictures has locked down Michael Bay for an overall deal, which will see the blockbuster filmmaker behind the Transformers franchise producing new movies and TV shows for the studio, via his Bay Films production company. Bay has already lined up his next movie as part of the deal, titled Black Five, which is based on his own original concept.
According to a new report, Sony Pictures, where Michael Bay made his first movie Bad Boys, has been working on this overall deal for some time and it was being hammered out in January. However, given what's going on in the world right now, it took some extra time to iron out the details. It's done now though and Bay has found a new home for his future projects. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed at this time, but Bay has expensive tastes and often produces huge hits, so it's likely this is an enriching deal for the 55-year-old director and producer.
Black Five, meanwhile, is set to be Michael Bay's next directorial effort. Ehren Kruger Top Gun: Maverick is set to pen the screenplay. There is no word on who might star, nor is it clear when production could get underway. Again, given the state of things in the entertainment industry right now, that is difficult to determine with so much uncertainty abound. Details are scarce, in terms of story, as it's simply described as an "ensemble drama." This will be the second original project in a row for Bay following last year's 6 Underground, which starred Ryan Reynolds and was made for Netflix. Though not a critical success by any stretch, the action flick was viewed by nearly 100,000 member households.
This is a big win for Sony Pictures at a time when the industry is in the middle of a major period of change as the future progressively shifts toward streaming. Not to mention the relatively uncertain future, once things return to some semblance of normalcy. Michael Bay has proved to be a reliable hit-maker, both as a director and producer, dating back to his earliest days. To date, Bay's directorial efforts have grossed more than $6.4 billion at the global box office. The bulk of that comes from Bay's five Transformers movies, which earned more than $4.2 billion combined. Some of Bay's other hits include Aramgeddon and The Rock.
As a producer, Michael Bay has had a lot of success in the horror arena, as he is behind The Purge franchise, as well as 2018's breakout hit A Quiet Place. Bay is returning to produce A Quiet Place: Part II, which recently had its release date pushed back in definitely. On the TV side, Bay produces Jack Ryan for Amazon, which is one of the company's highest-rated original shows. Bay was also behind Black Sails for Starz. This news comes to us via Deadline.
As the question of how long the coronavirus pandemic will affect the entertainment industry remains unanswered, Sony Pictures is not taking any chances. Sony pushed back its major tentpole movies —including Morbius, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, the ever-cursed Uncharted, and the already-delayed Peter Rabbit 2 — to next year.
Variety reports that Sony has drastically pushed back its entire 2020 and 2021 slate amid concerns that the coronavirus pandemic won’t ease up by the time the summer movie season starts this year.
Jason Reitman’s Ghostbusters sequel, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, has moved moved from July 10, 2020, to March 5, 2021, while Jared Let’s Spider-Man-adjacent comic book movie Morbius has been delayed from July 31, 2020 to March 19, 2021. The Tom Holland-led Uncharted is no stranger to delays, and this is just the latest pushback that suggests we’ll never see the video game adaptation, as the film goes from its March 5, 2021 slot to October 8, 2021. Meanwhile, Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway, which was one of the first films to be delayed in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, has now been pushed back from August 7 to January 15, 2021. An untitled Sony/Marvel movie has also been delayed indefinitely from its original October 8, 2021 date.
Sony has moved virtually every one of its major titles out of 2020, with the exception of the Kevin Hart drama Fatherhood, which was actually pushed up to October 23, 2020. The Tom Hanks World War II drama Greyhound, which was set to open this June, has been delayed indefinitely.
This schedule reshuffling marks the biggest changes by a major studio since the coronavirus pandemic reached U.S. shores, shutting down businesses and shuttering movie theaters across the country. When lockdowns commenced, many in the entertainment industry hoped that the coronavirus pandemic could be curbed by the time the summer movie season commenced, but Sony’s release date delays suggests studios are starting to think otherwise. It’s only a matter of time before other studios follow suit and delay their major tentpole releases set for the summer, like Wonder Woman 1984 — which has already been postponed to August from its original June date — for 2021 releases.
Our holiday blockbuster season could look entirely different as well, with major films like Warner Bros.’ Dune possibly getting pushed to next year while the studio likely gives Christopher Nolan’s Tenet a November release. It’s all uncertain what the summer movie season will look like — if there even is a summer movie season — as the coronavirus crisis wears on.
Here is the full schedule of Sony’s release date changes:
Greyhound – TBD from 6/12/2020 Fatherhood – 10/23/2020 from 1/15/2021 Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway –...