Sony delays Marvel film Morbius to April as Omicron surges

Cast member Jared Leto poses for a picture as he arrives for the premiere of the film House of Gucci, in Los Angeles, California, US, on Nov 18, 2021. 
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LOS ANGELES - Sony Corp's movie studio is delaying the January release of Marvel superhero movie Morbius until April 1, the studio said in a statement on Monday (Jan 3).

The film starring Jared Leto in the title role has been postponed several times during the Covid-19 pandemic. Its most recent planned release date was Jan 28.

For movie theatre operators, the delay is a setback as they try to rebound from extended closures during the Covid-19 crisis.

Chains including AMC Entertainment, Cinemark Holdings Inc and Cineworld Group have been celebrating blockbuster ticket sales for Sony's Spider-Man: No Way Home. While No Way Home is still playing in cinemas, operators have few other big titles on their schedule until spring.

The rapidly spreading Omicron variant has raised new concerns about whether audiences will feel comfortable heading to theatres during the pandemic.

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