As we are all now aware, the world is currently gripped in massive global pandemic around COVID-19, a respiratory illness that has infected over 100,000 people and so far claimed the lives of over 4,000 people. The WHO has now declared this a global pandemic and its’ affecting everything from health to world markets, and the world is moving into serious lockdown for the near future.
Hollywood is also not exempt from COVID-19 and today we saw a rapid postponing of major blockbuster releases.
So far new releases that have been postponed include:
- No Time To Die – April 9 to November 12
- A Quiet Place: Part 2 – March 19 to Date To Be Announced
- Mulan – March 26 to Date To Be Announced
- Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway – September 12 to January 14, 2021
- The New Mutants – April 2 to Date To Be Announced
- Antlers – April 17 to Date To Be Announced
- Fast and Furious 9 – May 21 to April 2021
- Scoob! – May 15 to Date To Be Announced
- Spiral: From The Book of Saw – May 15 to Date To Be Announced
- The Secret Garden – April 5 to Date To Be Announced
- Wonder Woman 1984 – June 4 to August 13
- Morbius – July 30 to March 18, 2021
- Ghostbusters: Afterlife – July 2 to March 4, 2021
Along with release dates being delayed for major 2020 releases, production has grounded to a halt on some of 2020 and 2021’s biggest productions and we now have the full list of productions that have been delayed:
- Macbeth – Starring Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand, directed by Joel Coen.
- Birds Of Paradise – Directed by Sarah Adina Smith
- Avatar 2 and Sequels – Starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Cliff Curtis and Kate Winslet, directed by James Cameron. Production on Avatar 2 and its sequels has now been completely shut down.
- The Little Mermaid – Directed by Rob Marshall
- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Rings – Starring Simu Liu, Awkwafina and Tony Leung, directed by Destin Daniel Cretton.
- The Last Duel – Starring Matt Damon, Adam Driver, Jodie Comer and Ben Affleck, directed by Ridley Scott. Scoot is using the shutdown to proceed on his first round of edits from the film’s first four months of filming.
- Nightmare Alley – Starring Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, directed by Guillermo del Toro.
- Vacation Friends – Starring John Cena, Lil Rel Howery and Meredith Hagner.
- Shrunk – Starring Josh Gad and Rick Moranis
- Peter Pan & Wendy
- Home Alone – Starring Ellie Kemper, Archie Yates and Rob Delaney
- Samaritan – Starring Sylvester Stallone, directed by, taking a two-week production hiatus.
- The Prom – Starring Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman, directed by Ryan Murphy
- Red Notice – Starring Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds, production halted production for two weeks
- The Harder They Fall – Starring Idris Elba and Jonathan Majors, directed by Jeymes Samuels, production halted for two weeks
- Mission: Impossible 7 – Starring Tom Cruise, directed by , production has completely stopped in Italy, Cruise has returned to Los Angeles and is working on stunt preparation
- Uncharted – Starring Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg, directed by Ruben Fleischer, production has been put on hold for 6 weeks, a new release date for the film is now listed as March 5, 2021
- The Man from Toronto – Starring Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson
- Shrine – Starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Cary Elwes, production has been delayed for 4 weeks.
- The Nightingale – Starring Elle and Dakota Fanning, production has been delayed by two weeks
- Jurassic World: Dominion – Starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum, production has halted as of February 25
- The Matrix 4 – Starring Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Jada Pinkett Smith, directed by Lana Wachowski, production halted in Berlin
- Untitled Elvis Presley film – Starring Austinm Butler and Tom Hanks, directed by Baz Luhrman. Production has halted in Australia after Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson tested positive for COVID-19, Hanks and Wilson have now finished their quarantine and are now back in Los Angeles
- The Batman – Starring Robert Pattinson, Zoe Kravitz, Paul Dano and Colin Farrell, directed by Matt Reeves, production has halted for two weeks in London and may be extended.
- Fantastic Beasts 3 – Starring Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Jude Law and Johnny Depp, directed by David Yates, production has yet to begin and is postponed.
- King Richard – Starring Will Smith, directed by Richard Williams, production has stopped in Los Angeles
- Vengeance – Starring and directed by B.J Novak, Issa Rae, Ashton Kutcher and Boyd Holbrook, production has halted.
- The Forgiven – Starring Ralph Fiennes, Jessica Chastain, Caleb Landry Jones and Saïd Taghmaoui, directed by John Michael McDonagh, production stopped in Morocco a week before principle photography was due to end.
- The Card Counter – Starring Oscar Isaac, Tiffany Haddish and Willem Dafoe, directed by paul Schrader, production has halted after a minor actor was discovered to have COVID-19
- Official Competition – Starring Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz, production has been suspended in Spain
- Geechee – Starring Andrea Riseborough, directed by DuBois Ashong
I think this will be the beginning of movie postponements amid the COVID-19 outbreak and that the remainder of March, April and May will be a very quiet time for cinemas.
As this is a continually expanding situation this article will continue to be updated to reflect any additonal changes to these currently listed changes and new film’s that have their dates moved out.
We hope all our readers stay save and continue to practice good hygiene and handwashing principles, along with social distancing and self isolation to help this new policy of containment and suppression.
Stay safe SpicyPulpers, and with a good measure of luck we’ll have some very cool releases to look forward to in the future after this virus burns itself out.