The entire entertainment industry has closed on the left and right in recent months. When it comes to the film world, there is no exception. Not only are congresses, festivals and concerts closed, the film industry is also just as successful. As cinemas close worldwide, there have been many production and release delays, including those eagerly awaited Top Gun: outsider, No time to die, F9 and other.
We have compiled the final list of productions affected by this growing pandemic. As far as available, we’ve added the updated release dates and possible release options for some, although we are sure that further major changes will follow, as no one really knows how long this shutdown will take, or as soon as it wears off, how many cinemas can actually reopen will? One thing is certain – Hollywood does not like to open large releases closely and if only selected cinemas can be opened in mostly smaller markets (or if “social distancing” means that auditoriums only accept 50% or less of the intended crowd) – itself the shifted data below will most likely undergo further revision.
Delayed theatrical releases
Top Gun: outsider – Paramounts eagerly awaited continuation of 1986 production Top gun was released on June 24th. The release date was postponed to December 23, 2020 just in time for Christmas.
Fast and angry 9 – This new addition to the series brings with it many new crew members, including John Cena – which gives the strikingly absent Dwayne Johnson a little more power. This title was perhaps one of the biggest changes in the release dates. The title was moved from May of this year to April 2, 2021.
Mission impossible 7 – Filming in Italy ceased on February 24 when Italy became one of the most affected countries. The July 2021 release date has been moved to November 19, 2021. This step also caused Paramount to postpone the publication of Mission: Impossible 8 until November 4, 2022.
Wonder Woman 1984 – The sequel to the hugely successful Wonder Woman was due to be released on June 5, 2020 after some earlier delays, but was most recently postponed to the current release date on August 14, 2020. It remains to be seen whether it will go far enough. Release will be possible if only a fraction of the cinemas are open to satisfy Warner. If not almost all theaters are opened and social distance is loosened considerably (which would limit the capacity of the cinema seats), it would not be surprising if this theater were to move again.
A quiet place part II – This thriller sequel, written and directed by John Krasinski, was also slated to be released in April, but was postponed to September 4, 2020 due to the cinema shutdown. Given the likely spotty movie theater openings and ongoing seating, this could have a good chance of capacity constraints to actually appear in movie theaters on or around this current date.
No time to die – The 27th film in the classic James Bond series was due to be released in April, but was postponed to November 25th. Daniel Craig’s last appearance will surely require a massive opening platform, so the studio hopes all theaters will reopen by November, not only in the US but worldwide. While the release strategy has preferred simultaneous global releases lately, a staggered global strategy could still save the full release.
Mulan – The live action remake of the classic Disney film was due to be released on March 27, and after the world premiere shortly before the expected release date, it had received a lot of chatter and excellent reviews. It is now expected to open on July 24th. Disney isn’t often nonprofit (especially when it comes to cash register splitting), and they’re one of the hardest hit companies in the crisis as parks, hotels, and cruise lines – alongside the studio – are closed. It has already brought Onward to his streamer and Artemis Fowl, another upcoming Disney title will skip the movie theater altogether to meet Disney +. Given all of this, and the fact that (apart from a miracle) the studio won’t be able to enjoy a full opening in the U.S., let alone a massive simultaneous global opening, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see this title again .
Black widow – This film, which is intended to boost Phase 4 of the MCU, was postponed from May 1 to November 7 of this year. Again, this is a title for which Disney would certainly like to have a massive opening, at least with a nationwide opening in the United States, if not a more substantial global opening. Black Widow could easily extend to the February frame in which Black Panther debuted if that meant a broader platform. This leaves Marvel fans with the only flickering on the horizon The Falcon and The Winter Soldier at Disney + in August, with Series 4 repeating for the MCU.
The new mutants – This Marvel X-Men spin-off made its debut in other countries, including Belgium and Chile, but fears of a coronavirus pandemic in the US led to a late release plan. It was initially uncertain whether we would see this in US cinemas or not, and if so, on what date, Disney added on May 13th The new mutants back to his release calendar for August 28, 2020.
Spiral: From the Book of the Saw – The ninth film in the Saw series, this upcoming horror film starring Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson, was originally removed from the Lionsgate release schedule when its date of May 15, 2020 fell on the pandemic. The release date is now set May 21, 2021.
Jurassic World: Dominion – The next film in the Jurassic franchise has been discontinued due to coronavirus concerns. The release date is currently set for June 11, 2021. However, if production cannot resume soon and this depends on the status of the editing / post facilities given the growing backlog of blocked films and TV titles, it is not surprising to see the date at least for the 2021 holiday season or even was postponed to the summer of 2022.
Matrix 4 – The fourth installment of the Matrix franchise ceased production in March along with other upcoming Warner Bros films. Fantastic Beasts 3 and King Richard.
The Batman – The production of this Warner Bros film was also discontinued due to virus problems. The release date was moved from June 2021 to October 1, 2021. As a result of this shift in the publication date, the publications of were also postponed The Lightning until June 3, 2022 and Shazam! 2nd until November 4, 2022.
Avatar 2 – The first of several sequels to the original Avatar in the Zoe Saldana and Vin Diesel factories, like many others in recent months, ceased production. No change in the expected release date has been announced on December 17, 2021. However, since production is still discontinued and it is not (yet) known when it is expected to resume, it is reasonable to expect the planned massive title to slide by at least a year, which would probably also slide Avatar 3 and Avatar 4 a similar range from their planned dates on December 20, 2024 and December 19, 2025, respectively.
Jungle cruise – Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt have already promoted their planned summer release based on the famous Disney attraction that was originally planned for this summer. However, the film was suspended by Disney for an entire year, which is now scheduled for July 30, 2021.
Spider-Man 3 – Scheduled for November 5, 2021
Spider-Man: In the Spider-Verse 2 – A release date is currently set for October 7, 2022
Sing 2 – Scheduled for release on December 22, 2021
Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway – Now scheduled for January 15, 2021
The Eternal – Currently scheduled for February 12, 2021
Shang-Shi and the legend of the ten rings – Relocation on May 7, 2021
Doctor Strange in the multiverse of madness – Currently published on March 25, 2022
Fantastic Beasts 3 – Now planned for November 12, 2021
King Richard – Delay from November 2020 to November 19, 2021
Free guy – Postponed from July 3, 2020 to December 11, 2020
Thor: love and thunder – Release on February 11, 2022
Black panther 2 – Now scheduled for May 8, 2022
Captain Marvel 2 – Previously undated, now planned for July 8, 2022
John Wick: Chapter 4 – Now scheduled for May 27, 2022
The bodyguard of the Hitman’s wife – Relocation to August 20, 2021
Morbius – Now planned for March 19, 2021
Ghostbusters: life after death – Now published on March 5, 2021
Minions: The Rise of Gru – Postponed to July 2, 2021
Poison: Let there be slaughter – Scheduled for June 25, 2021
Shazam! 2nd – A release date is currently set for November 4, 2022
Additional cinema delays
- Blue story – Production discontinued – – No current theatrical release date
- The artist – Production discontinued – – No current theatrical release date
- Fatale – Currently scheduled for October 30, 2020
- The truth – Currently scheduled for July 3rd, 2020
- traveler – Currently scheduled for November 25, 2020
- Ron went wrong – April 23, 2021
- antler – Production discontinued – – No current theatrical release date
- Tom Hanks Elvis Biopic – Currently scheduled for November 5, 2021
- The Nightingale – Production discontinued – – No current theatrical release date
- Birds of paradise – Production discontinued – – No current theatrical release date
- Flint strong – Production discontinued – – No current theatrical release date
- The man from Toronto – Production discontinued – – No current theatrical release date
- Official competition – Production discontinued – – No current theatrical release date
- Samaritan – Production discontinued – – No current theatrical release date
- Cinderella – Production discontinued – – No current theatrical release date
- The card counter – Production discontinued – – No current theatrical release date
- First cow – Limited release on March 6, 2020, to be released later in 2020
- Deerskin – No current cinema release – opening of the virtual cinema planned for May 1, 2020
- Uncharted – Production delayed – Now planned for October 8, 2021
- The rise – No current release date
- The personal story of David Copperfield – No current release date
- The woman in the window – No current release date
- bull – No current release date – Scheduled for VOD release on May 1, 2020
- In the heights – June 18, 2021
- The capital – Currently scheduled for April 23, 2021
- Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar. – Currently scheduled for July 16, 2021
- Malignant – Scheduled for late summer
- Jesus revolution – No current release date
- Greyhound – No current release date
- Angry – Postponed from December 22, 2021. – No current release date
- Candy man September 25th – 25th, 2020
- Praise that – Postponed from September 25, 2020 – No current release date
- The SpongeBob movie: Sponge on the run – Delayed from May 22, 2020 to August 7, 2020
- French shipping – Delay from July 24, 2020 to October 16, 2020
- Indiana Jones 5 – Delay until July 29, 2022
- Nobody – Delay from August 14, 2020 to February 26, 2021
- soul – Delay until November 20, 2020
- Raya and the last dragon – Postponed to March 12, 2021
- Infinite – Delay from August 7, 2020 to May 28, 2021
- The many saints of Newark – Postponed from September 2020 to March 12, 2021
- Dungeons – Late on May 27, 2022
- Spell – No current release date
- Antebellum – Late until August 21, 2020
- Run – No current release date
- Without regrets – Currently scheduled for October 2nd, 2020
- Donkey 4 – Currently scheduled for July 2, 2021
- The morning war – Currently scheduled for July 23, 2021
- American outsider: The Kurt Warner story – Currently scheduled for December 10, 2021
Disney – Aside from the ones mentioned above, Disney has stopped all live action filming, including: The little mermaidwith Halle Bailey – currently without release date, Restart home alone – is still hoping for a release in December 2020, Nightmare Alley – without current release date and The last duel led by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck – scheduled for December 25, 2020. Also stopped by Disney Peter Pan, Wendy, and Shrunk. It’s possible that we’ll see some of these original Disney remakes on Disney + as virus concerns continue to grow.
Netflix – – The prom, Red hintwith big names like Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds and The harder they arewere all stopped in production because of the fear of the virus. With the recent Netflix productions that were hits, follow-ups too extraction, 6 underground and series like Outer banks are all likely or have already been announced. Although their production and release will undoubtedly be delayed, we expect Netflix originals to perform well in the coming years. So stay up to date.
Early and only digital releases
With all the production and release delays we are experiencing due to the closure of sets and theaters, there is a high possibility that some films will come onto digital streaming platforms earlier than expected. We have probably seen films released and some that are due to be released in the coming months will either come for purchase or for free digital viewing on these platforms.
We have already seen some films digitally released well before a normal digital release schedule, and we have seen more theatrical releases and others joining them as more and more people stay home due to virus fears. Below is a list of productions that will be or will be digitally released shortly.
Trolls World Tour – The big news about movie theater closings was that Universal had no intention of canceling their marketing campaign and postponing their release schedule for the following picture. Instead, Uni went straight to On-Demand (PVOD), much to the disappointment of cinema owners and their massive trade and lobby associations. While cinema owners mostly considered the other studio moves to quickly transfer titles to PVOD as an acceptable concession for films that were being canceled, they largely considered whether Universal should not postpone a major family release but switch to streaming. This release has now encouraged Universal when its CEO recently announced its intention to investigate the simultaneous release of some titles in the cinema and PVOD – which prompted AMC Theaters (the largest global exhibitor) to boycott all Universal films.
Continue – Pixar animation was available on April 3rd on Disney + after the theatrical release was canceled. It’s also available for digital purchase on other streaming sites for just $ 19.99.
Bad boys for life – This third film in the series was first released in cinemas on January 17. After it went well at the box office, it should go on in the cinemas and stretch its legs in the second round and discount houses until the virus closed the cinemas. When the run was canceled, it was quickly digitally released for purchase on March 31.
DC’s birds of prey – With Margot Robbie, this DC Suicide squad The spin-off was released in cinemas on February 7, but like many others it was shortened and quickly made available for purchase on March 24. It became available for digital rental on April 7th. Warner has since discounted the title to encourage more viewers with disappointing consumption that seemed to reflect his cinema run.
Bloodshot – This new action film with Vin Diesel, which is available on Youtube, Amazon Video, Vudu and other providers, was digitally released for purchase on March 24 after its cinema release was also interrupted by the shutdown.
Sonic the Hedgehog – Based on Sega’s video game franchise, this expected title was released in theaters on February 14, but it wasn’t until about a month before the cinemas closed that it was quickly switched to digital streaming and is now available for purchase.
The Lovebirds – The romantic comedy was drawn by Paramount on April 3 after an original release date. Instead of releasing a new theatrical release, the studio sold the image to Netflix, which it will release on May 22, 2020.
Scoob! – The new animated outing for Warners K9 and his friends was originally scheduled for release on May 15, 2020, but since the cinemas are closed, Warner has chosen the route Universal has taken Trolls World TourMove the title directly to Premium VOD (PVOD) on the same day.
My spy – Dave Bautista’s spy image was originally published on January 9, 2020 by STX in Australia. However, the planned release in the US was discontinued and the American distribution rights were sold to Amazon Studios bypassing the cinemas for digital release. Amazon has not yet set a release date for the film on its platform.
Hamilton – Last Disney announced that they would bring Hamilton Forward almost a year before his originally planned cinema debut to switch directly to his Disney + streamer. It is certainly an interesting move from Disney, as they have largely kept their main titles to wait for the movie theaters to reopen. After the turmoil between Universal and two of the world’s leading exhibitors, AMC and Cineworld (owners of Regal in the United States), who digitized major titles, Disney seems to be trying to do it digitally to test the operators’ determination. It remains to be seen whether AMC, Cineworld and others would challenge Disney because of the streaming moves, as they did at Universal.
There are of course other titles that have started streaming quickly due to theater closings. Amazon has even launched its Prime Video Cinema for “In-Theater Movies At Home” titles and “Early Access” as more and more titles are streamed. The titles that also made early digital debuts include: The invisible man, The hunt, Mercy only, The way back, 1917, Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker, I still think so, The call of the wild. You can find these and other titles in your favorite streamers, including Amazon, AppleTV, Vudu and YouTube.
Since the global box office remains dark while the audience is closed at home, studios and cinemas in particular suffer. Movie fans are certainly hungry to see big films on the big screen, and there’s a growing backlog of high-profile pictures to enjoy once things open up again. However, there is certainly no guarantee that the dates listed today will be the release dates that the films will actually be released, as governments in the United States and around the world plan how and when to reopen economies. While fans can hope that this data remains, it won’t come as a surprise if the studios reposition themselves and continue to populate viewers in 2021 and 2022, with the titles still sticking to the 2020 release dates. After all, the box office is a business and they need broad publication to generate large numbers.