Upcoming Films Affected by the Coronavirus

With theaters closed and moviegoers sheltering in place, Hollywood has adjusted accordingly to delay production and release dates of these highly anticipated films. 

Megan Lear

As we roll into the third week of our quarantine reality, we’re experiencing changes and delays in all aspects of our lives. Schools have released students, many have been laid off or work from home, TV ratings have skyrocketed and movie ratings are historically low - more than likely due to the mass-closure of three of the largest theater chains. With theaters closed and moviegoers sheltering in place, Hollywood has adjusted accordingly to delay production and release dates of these highly anticipated films. 

A Quiet Place Part II
Director and actor John Krasinski announced on Twitter the decision to delay the sequel’s release date indefinitely. Originally intended for March 19, Krasinski noted, “As insanely excited as we are for all of you to see this movie ... I’m gonna wait to release the film till we CAN see it all together! So here’s to our group movie date! See you soon!”

No Time to Die
The 25th installment of the international spy saga has been delayed from an April 10 release date to Nov. 25. In its new date, No Time to Die has the advantage of premiering during the lucrative Thanksgiving week in the U.S. (many previous Bond movies also opened in November).

Fast and Furious 9
The official Fast Saga Twitter page announced the film’s release date would be pushed from its original on May 22 to eleven months later in April 2021. Followers’ feelings were mixed as many understood the film’s stance on their fans’ safety, though disagreed with the year-long delay.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Marvel’s production of upcoming Asian superhero movie Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings suspended production when director Destin Daniel Cretton self-isolated himself after the advice of a doctor. While Cretton tested negative for the coronavirus, he has a newborn baby and took extra precautions he thought necessary. The film has been shooting in Australia since February.

Black Widow
In the wake of two large theater chains shutting their doors, Marvel’s Black Widow has pushed its release date from May 1. The film is without a new release date as we’re sure our current climate is difficult to predict, but we’re banking on an early October release to either compliment or bump Venom 2.

The New Mutants 
This film has seen its fair share of delays already, so the announcement to push its release date was less than shocking. Originally set for theaters April 3, The New Mutants film does not currently have a new release date. We can estimate to see the movie in theaters anywhere between mid-summer and early winter. 

Wonder Woman 1984
Last week, Warner Bros announced it would be delaying the release of Wonder Woman 1984 from June 5 to August 14. Unlike other movies, the film is only being delayed 2 months and its new release date came alongside a new movie poster. 

Megan Lear

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