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 - and even beyond that.
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
Film production companies have taken different approaches to the pandemic, from some films moving to just a few months away, to others being delayed to over a year from now. Here’s all the major films with new cinematic release dates:
- Mulan - 24 July 2020, originally 27 March 2020
- Wonder Woman 1984 - 14 August 2020, originally 5 June 2020
- The New Mutants - 28 August 2020, originally 3 April 2020
- A Quiet Place Part II - 4 September 2020, originally 20 March 2020
- Candyman - 25 September 2020, originally 12 June 2020
- The French Dispatch - 16 October 2020, originally 24 July 2020
- Fatherhood - 23 October 2020, originally 15 January 2021
- Black Widow - 6 November 2020, originally 1 May 2020
- No Time to Die - 12 November 2020 (UK) and 25 November 2020 (US), originally 3 April 2020
- Soul - 20 November 2020, originally 19 June 2020
- Free Guy - 11 December 2020, originally 3 July 2020
- Top Gun: Maverick - 23 December 2020, originally 24 June 2020
- Peter Rabbit 2: The Runway - 15 January 2021, originally 7 August 2020
- The Eternals - 12 February 2021, originally 6 November 2020
- Ghostbusters: Afterlife - 5 March 2021, originally 7 October 2020
- Raya and the Last Dragon - 12 March 2021, originally 20 November 2020
- The Many Saints of Newark - 12 March 2021, originally 25 September 2020
- Morbius - 19 March 2021, originally 31 July 2020
- F9 - 2 April 2021, originally 22 May 2020
- Shang-Chi and Legend of the Ten Rings - 7 May 2021, originally 12 February 2021
- Venom: Let There Be Carnage - 25 June 2021, originally 2 October 2020
- Jungle Cruise - 30 July 2021, originally 24 July 2020
- The Batman - 1 October 2021, originally 25 June 2021
- Uncharted - 8 October 2021, originally 5 March 2021
- Spider-Man 3 - 5 November 2021, originally 16 July 2021
- Thor: Love and Thunder - 11 February 2022, originally 18 February 2022
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness - 25 March 2022, originally 5 November 2021
- John Wick 4 - 27 May 2022, originally 21 May 2021
- Indiana Jones 5 - 29 July 2022, originally 9 July 2021
- Untitled sequel to Shazam! - 4 November 2022, originally 1 April 2022
Movies with no set release dates
As news is constantly changing, some production companies have delayed movies indefinitely for now. 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.
- Antlers - originally 17 April 2020
- Greyhound - originally 12 June 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
- Jurassic World: Dominion
- The Little Mermaid
- The Prom
- 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. There's been a huge surge of streaming service accounts due to the number of people self-isolating and social distancing themselves.
NBCUniversal is the first film label to jump on this trend, releasing Emma, The Hunt and The Invisible Man 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 is also available online.
NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell told the Wall Street Journal that they would continue to release titles as home releases even after the pandemic. However, this has caused animosity with AMC Theatres, and now both Odeon and Cineworld are boycotting future films as long as this decision is in place.
Seeing as cinemas are now closing across the country, this may be a trend we see continuing across the next few months. In the UK, cinemas won't open until 4 July 2020 at the very earliest according to Variety.