The Coronavirus pandemic has already caused numerous delays and cancellations of major events and it has also delayed several big movies. As the world comes to grip to control the spread of the disease, major film studios have already taken necessary steps to delay their film releases.
Although the priority is undoubtedly to curb the spread of Covid-19, by way of reducing mass gatherings such as cinemas, a more significant reason is to also to limit the effects of the disease at the box-office. With guaranteed lower audience attendances plus with lucrative markets like China out of play, many film studios are taking precautions to delay and postpone their big releases.
Sony was the first studio to make this decision with the postponement of the 25th Bond film, No Time To Die, which is arguably their biggest release of the year. The film, which was supposed to hit cinemas in April, will now premiere in November. Other studios have now followed suit and if you’re a fans of the following films, then brace yourself for some not so great news…
Originally set for release in late March, Disney has now postpone the live-action film indefinitely. No word yet on when this highly-anticipated film will hit cinemas but considering the lucrative nature of Disney’s live-action franchise, the studio will surely attempt to maximise the potential of this billion dollar box-office film.Adding to that, the studio has also delayed the releases of both The New Mutants and the horror movie Antlers, which were due to be released in April. Don’t be surprised to see these ones on Disney+ instead of cinemas.
QUIET PLACE PART II
The sequel to the smash hit, A Quiet Place has also been delayed by Paramount. The film was originally set to open this month, but its release has now been deferred to a later date. Comedy, The Lovebirds, starring Kumail Nanjiani has also been postponed indefinitely.
FAST & FURIOUS 9
Universal on the other hand has taken extreme precautions by delaying the next instalment to its lucrative Fast & Furious franchise a whole year! Yes, Fast 9, which was due to roar into cinemas this May will now idle their engines until April 2021 instead.
Thus far these are the major releases that have been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. It remains to be seen if other film studios will begin to evaluate the situation and hold back on their box-office contenders until the pandemic comes to past.