'Peter Rabbit 2' Follows 'No Time to Die' Lead in Postponing Release Date Over Coronavirus
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Initially scheduled for a theatrical release of March 27 across the country, 'Peter Rabbit' sequel 'The Runaway' has been pushed back for more than four months by Sony chiefs.

AceShowbiz - The release of family blockbuster "Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway" has reportedly been delayed until August due to the coronavirus outbreak.

With the crisis caused by the disease escalating across Europe, and Italy placed under lockdown, Sony chiefs are said to have decided to put the release of the film, the follow-up to 2018's hugely successful "Peter Rabbit", on ice for more than four months.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie will no longer debut on March 27, as planned, and will instead receive an international and U.S. release on August 7.

The move follows the delay to the release of the latest James Bond film, "No Time to Die", also distributed by Sony, until November.

"Peter Rabbit" and its sequel star James Corden as the voice of author Beatrix Potter's mischeivious bunny, with Margot Robbie and Elizabeth Debicki also voicing characters, and Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson, and David Oyelowo in live-action roles.

The move comes after Italian officials announced that all its cinemas were to be closed, and other European governments advised people to take precautions to avoid the spread of the virus.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony chiefs made the decision as the first "Peter Rabbit" made $236 million (£180 million) of its $351 million (£269 million) box office outside North America, and that the U.S. release of the follow-up has reportedly been shifted to avoid piracy.

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