Just recently, Sony made the decision to postpone Venom: Let There Be Carnage once again and is now set to release in October. In the first report on another delay, there were also discussions of Hotel Transylvania: Transformania also eyeing a delayed-release. Well, it looks like the animated sequel has found a new home with Amazon, as Sony is nearing a $100M deal with the streamer for an exclusive release.
Sony has been forming a strong strategy in these unlikely times by forming alliances with various streaming services. Venom‘s recent delay added some fuel to theories surrounding their December release of Spider-Man: Homecoming. Their willingness to push an October release to a streaming service may also hint at uncertainty about how to handle the current situation. Who knows if the Spider-Man spin-off will get delayed again if Delta Variant numbers continue to grow going into October.
Variety revealed that Sony will still retain rights to home entertainment, linear TV, and Chinese exhibition. So, the deal is primarily for their digital release. It joins other projects, such as Netflix’s Fatherhood, The Mitchells vs. the Machines, and recently Vivo. It’s also not their first deal with Amazon, as Cinderella will release on the platform on September 3rd. Still, it’s a big move to push the finale of their franchise to a digital release. The deal hasn’t been finalized. So, it could still change but it seems safe to say they might go down this route.