Sony Pictures unveiled their plans for the future of two big franchises with Venom 3 and Ghostbusters: Afterlife sequels both officially announced.
The studio held court at CinemaCon at The Colosseum in Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas on Monday, where they unveiled the sequels through a sizzle reel at the annual convention for movie theater owners, via Variety.
No release dates have been set at this time, though the sizzle reel did include footage from Sony’s Whitney Houston biopic I Wanna Dance With Somebody, the Venom spin-off Kraven the Hunter, The Equalizer 3,” never-before-seen clips from Tom Hanks’ A Man Called Otto.
The Venom 3 announcement wasn’t much of a surprise, considering the box office pedigree of the first two movies. 2018’s Venom introduced Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, a failed reporter who becomes bonded with an alien symbiote that tries to protect Earth.
The film earned $213.5 million domestic and an impressive $856 million worldwide from a $100 million budget.The sequel put up identical numbers at the domestic box office ($213.5 million) but suffered on the foreign front with a worldwide haul of $502 million from a reported $102 million budget.
Hardy’s Eddie Brock was also featured in a post-credit sequence in Spider-Man: No Way Home, where he indicated that he was going to make his way to New York City and give Peter Parker (Tom Holland) a visit.
The cast included Paul Rudd, Carrie Coon, McKenna Grace, Finn Wolfhard, Logan Kim and original Ghostbusters stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts and Sigourney Weaver.
Despite all of the star-power, the film opened strong with $44 million but earned just $129.3 million at the domestic box office and $197.3 million worldwide. Sony did not issue any release dates for any of these sequels quite yet. or when production may begin.There is also no indication how far along either of these sequels are in development.