With ‘you-know-what’ taking over the world right now, understandably the world of cinema has taken some heavy hits. From release dates being moved to as late as next year, to production being halted across films further down the line, there’s some big changes happening to release dates for some of the biggest movies that were on the 2020 calendar.
We’ve taken note of all the notable titles that have been delayed because of coronavirus so far. We’ll be updating this article regularly with all the announcements as they come in, so you know what will and won’t be airing in your local cinema.
Movies with new release dates
Lots of film production companies are hesitant to commit to a firm date, as it’s unclear currently when life will return to normal. The few that have range from a few months away, to over a year from now. Here’s all the major films with new cinematic release dates:
- Peter Rabbit 2: The Runway - 7 August 2020, originally 27 March 2020
- Wonder Woman 1984 - 14 August 2020, originally 5 June 2020
- No Time to Die - 12 November 2020 (UK) and 25 November 2020 (US), originally 3 April 2020
- F9 - 2 April 2021, originally 22 May 2020
Movies with no set release dates
A good chunk of the titles with indefinite release dates come from Disney - but other studios are also taking the same approach. Perhaps when things begin to pick up again, these titles may get an updated release date, but we don’t expect this to be anytime soon.
- A Quiet Place Part II - originally 20 March 2020
- Blue Story - originally 20 March 2020
- The Truth - originally 20 March 2020
- Mulan - originally 27 March 2020
- The New Mutants - originally 3 April 2020
- The Lovebirds - originally 3 April 2020
- Antlers - originally 17 April 2020
- Black Widow - originally 1 May 2020
- In The Heights - originally 26 June 2020
Movies with production delays
Though some movies had either far-off release dates or vague estimates, production delays will have a knock-on effect. Here’s a roundup of some of the major delays to movies currently in the filming processes:
- The Matrix 4
- The Batman
- Jurassic World: Dominion
- The Little Mermaid
- The Prom
- Shang-Chi and Legend of the Ten Rings
- Mission: Impossible 7
- Baz Luhrmann’s untitled Elvis Presley biopic
- Home Alone
- The Last Duel
- Nightmare Alley
- Peter Pan & Wendy
The future of cinema during COVID-19
There are still a number of upcoming films that haven’t yet been given the cancellation card, but we’re fully expecting more announcements over the next few weeks and months.
There is a possibility that streaming services in general may be a substitute for the movie-going experience. We’re likely going to see a huge surge of streaming service accounts rise due to the number of people self-isolating and social distancing themselves.
NBCUniversal is the first film label to jump on this trend, announcing that Emma, The Hunt and The Invisible Man will all be available across a number of services for two days for a suggested rental price of $19.99 (and similar prices in other markets). Trolls World Tour will also be released online.
Seeing as cinemas are now closing across the country, this may be a trend we see continuing across the next few months.