Frightened by the pandemic and streaming platforms, the struggling movie industry called for new “Ghostbusters” and “Spider-Man” movies as it vowed to strike back at a major business summit in Las Vegas Monday.
CinemaCon – which typically sees Hollywood studios bringing glitzy stars and never-before-seen footage to a Las Vegas casino to woo theater bosses – didn’t take place at all last year as the pandemic shut down theaters in the whole world.
But with nearly 90% of domestic theaters now open, Sony Pictures has used its opening night presentation slot at Caesars Palace to set the tone for a comeback event that is determined to prove the future of the big screen. . The bosses of the studio showed off a new trailer for his highly anticipated superhero sequel “Spider-Man: No Way Home”, before premiering “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” – a very nostalgic sequel to the classic the 1984 supernatural comedy – in full to a delighted crowd.
“Over the past 19 months there has been a lot of unease,” said Josh Greenstein, president of Sony’s motion picture division.
“But we know that movie theaters and the indoor movie theater experience will triumph,” he added.
The presentation also included brief footage from “Bullet Train” with Brad Pitt, and future superhero fares, including a sequel to “Venom” and “Morbius.”
Clips from Denzel Washington’s “A Journal for Jordan” and a film adaptation of the hit novel “Where the Crawdads Sing” produced by Reese Witherspoon were also released before a longer “Spider-Man” trailer was released. shows how the film will tie in with other popular films. Marvel characters, including Benedict Cumberbatch’s “Doctor Strange”.
Attendees then settled in for “Ghostbusters: After Life,” presented by director Jason Reitman and father Ivan, who directed the original.
Plot details are under strict embargo, but the film, which takes place nearly four decades after the first film, finds young descendants of the original’s wise ghoul hunters picking up the cloak – and a backpack underneath. empty.
‘Not Too Bright’ – CinemaCon Takes Place Despite Delta Variation Fears That Have Reimposed Some Pandemic Restrictions In Hollywood, Calif., And Glitzy A-Listers Have largely stayed away from the Las Vegas event . Organizers continued with Covid Protocols in place, including proof of vaccination or a recent negative test for participants. While Disney is largely absent, other major traditional Hollywood studios showing their products this week include Warner, Universal and Paramount.