Sony Pictures Is Planning To Return To Theaters, But Won't Rule Out VOD Releases In The Meantime

Sony Pictures Is Planning To Return To Theaters, But Won't Rule Out VOD Releases In The Meantime

Universal Pictures has essentially been banned from AMC Theaters for daring to suggest that future movies could hit VOD platforms the same time as theaters, but Sony Pictures may take a similar approach!

Sony Pictures has reaffirmed its commitment to future theartical releases, all while explaining that they remain open to having some films head straight to VOD platforms in the midst of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Those comments were made by the studio during a call addressing their earnings throughout 2019 (via Deadline).

"Theatrical release is always very important and because of the coronavirus impact, once the situation settles and we restart theatrical operations people may not come to theaters to view pictures so it may take some time. If that happens, we have to discuss new ways of releasing pictures and also we can use online and more technologies for live performances going forward."

This stance is different to Universal Pictures' because Sony makes it clear they are, for now, staying committed to theatrical releases and will only change that if current global events force their hand. 

Though An American Pickle has been sent straight to HBO Max, Sony has delayed the rest of its 2020 slate, pushing Morbius and Venom: Let There Be Carnage into 2021. The hope is that theaters will be on better ground by then, though it seems a VOD release isn't off the table. 

Theaters would likely have to remain closed well into the winter/early 2021 for that to happen, however.

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