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29th Jul 2023

Several blockbuster movies hit with release date delays due to actors’ strike

Stephen Porzio

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This includes two big superhero movies.

As the SAG-AFTRA strike rages on, a number of major movies – including two superhero films – have had their release dates delayed.

Earlier this month, the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) announced that a strike had been ordered after talks with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) – the group that represents major studios and streamers, including Amazon, Apple, Disney, NBCUniversal, Netflix, Paramount, Sony and Warner Bros. Discovery/HBO – broke down.

For information on why the negotiations fell apart, click right here.

Blockbuster movies hit with release date delays due to actors’ strike

Due to the strike, SAG’s reported 160,000 members are not allowed work on camera or behind the scenes on the majority of productions. They are also banned from promoting projects they have already filmed.

Up until recently, Hollywood’s movie release schedule had remained mostly unaffected by the strike.

However, as reported in several outlets, Sony has since announced that a number of its major films’ release dates have been delayed.

Among those are the superhero flicks Kraven the Hunter and Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse.

Kraven the Hunter, starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Russell Crowe, has had its release pushed back from 6 October 2023 to 30 August 2024, while the animated Spider-Man sequel will no longer arrive in cinemas on 29 March 2024. The latter has not been given a new release date.

On top of this, new movies in the Ghostbusters and Karate Kid franchises have also been delayed.

The Karate Kid reboot will now come out on 13 December 2024, having initially been handed a 7 June 2024 release date.

Meanwhile, the Ghostbusters: Afterlife sequel, has been pushed from 20 December 2023 to 29 March 2024.

Several non-Sony movies have also been hit with release delays.

These include the Zendaya-starring sports drama Challengers, the Emma Stone-starring sci-fi Poor Things and Oscar-winner Ethan Coen’s comedy Drive-Away Dolls.

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