Maybe we should call Sony‘s “Morbius” a trailblazer. Look, it’s pretty common knowledge/conventional wisdom that theaters aren’t going to be clear of the COVID-19 pandemic til at least July. So, last week, “Morbius” moved off its spring 2021 release date to the fall. Then multiple trade reports suggested the same: every major film scheduled for release before July is likely getting pushed (this is happening, people). Then the floodgates opened. Minutes after MGM‘s “No Time To Die,” pushed off its April release date this evening, hightailing it for October, Focus Features‘ “Last Night In Soho” from director Edgar Wright did the same. Originally set for April 23, 2021, “Last Night In Soho” has now moved to the increasingly-busy month of October, October 22, 2021, to be precise.
“Some news – my new film @lastnightinsoho will now be coming out later in the year,” Wright wrote on Twitter tonight (see below). “I know some of you may be disappointed, but my hope is more of you will be able to experience it as we intended; in the dark, on a big screen, with an audience. See you at the movies…10/22/21”
“Last Night In Soho” stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, Matt Smith, Diana Rigg, and Terence Stamp and is said to be a psychological horror film about a young girl (Taylor-Joy), passionate about fashion design, who mysteriously enters the 1960s, where she encounters her idol, a dazzling wannabe singer. But 1960s London is not what it seems, and time seems to fall apart with shady consequences.
Wright has likened the film to having time travel elements and said that Nicolas Roeg‘s “Don’t Look Now,” and Roman Polanski‘s “Repulsion,” two classic psychological horror movies, were major influences on the film.
Now we’ll have to wait till October where the competition is getting might fierce. Earlier today, Searchlight Pictures, now owned by Disney, revealed its 2021 line-up, and not one film was dated before July. Don’t be surprised when Disney does the same with their line-up, including announcements about “Black Widow” and more.
In related release date news tonight, Michael Bay‘s recently announced “Ambulance” starring Jake Gyllenhaal is now set for a February 18, 2022 premiere.