The coronavirus pandemic retains pummeling the already-hobbled movie trade, with Disney now suspending quite a few huge box-office premieres to 2021.
Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” reboot has been pushed again a full yr by the corporate — to Dec. 10, 2021, from Dec. 18, 2020 — and Marvel’s extremely anticipated “Black Widow,” starring Scarlett Johansson and beforehand postponed to Nov. 6, received’t spring into motion till May 7 of subsequent yr, according to Variety. Other Marvel superhero flicks are later nonetheless: The debut of “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” starring Simu Liu, is being pushed two months, to July 9, 2021, whereas “Eternals,” that includes the newly buff Kumail Nanjiani, might be launched Nov. 5, 2021, 9 months after its authentic premiere date.
“Marvel made the best & accountable resolution. There’s a pandemic. Nothing is extra necessary than well being & lives,” Nanjiani wrote in a Twitter submit on Wednesday afternoon. “I can’t say ppl to go to a movie show till I really feel secure going to 1. Take care of yourselves. I promise it’ll be well worth the wait!”
The maintain placed on “West Side Story” has one other impact: It will now not be in rivalry for the 2021 Oscars race.
In addition, Kenneth Branagh’s “Death on the Nile” — a twentieth Century Studios sequel to 2017’s “Murder on the Orient Express,” each primarily based on Agatha Christie mysteries — has been pushed to Dec. 18 from its Oct. 23 spot. However, kiddie filmgoers received’t have to attend any longer for Pixar’s heart-stirring animated film “Soul” — that includes Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Questlove, Daveed Diggs, Angela Bassett and Phylicia Rashad — which retained its Nov. 20 premiere.
COVID-19 has considerably disrupted movie manufacturing — in addition to TV and Broadway schedules — alongside most film theaters remaining closed and initiatives like Disney’s live-action “Mulan” getting pushed to streaming (for a worth). The coronavirus has compelled different high-profile schedule adjustments, too, together with the Gal Gadot-starring “Wonder Woman 1984” (moved by Warner Bros. to Christmas Day from Oct. 2) and the Universal horror remake “Candyman,” which has been booted from its Oct. 16 launch to an unspecified date in 2021.
The new strikes point out some soul-searching going down by the movie trade within the wake of Christopher Nolan’s big-budget ($200 million) movie “Tenet,” which nabbed lower than $30 million in US ticket gross sales since its Sept. 3 premiere.
Here is the place 2020 film premiere dates presently stand.
The War With Grandpa (101 Studios)
2 Hearts (Freestyle)
Honest Thief (Open Road)
The Empty Man (twentieth Century Studios)
Come Play (Focus/Amblin)
Let Him Go (Focus)
The Comeback Trail (Cloudburst)
No Time to Die (MGM)
Happiest Season (Sony/Tri-Star)
The Croods: A New Age (Universal/Dreamworks Animation)
Free Guy (twentieth/Disney)
Death on the Nile (twentieth Century Fox)
Coming 2 America(Paramount)
Dune (Warner Bros./Legendary)
Wonder Woman 1984 (Warner Bros.)
News of the World (Universal)
Escape Room 2 (Sony/Screen Gems)