The coronavirus outbreak continues to decimate the worldwide theatrical release schedule
Lionsgate has joined the ranks of studios that have been forced to postpone their upcoming movie release slates as today, they have pulled three of their soon to be released movies due to the health crisis worldwide. They have taken the decision to rescind the releases of ‘Antebellum‘, ‘Run‘ and ‘Spiral: From The Book Of Saw‘. As of this moment in time, none have been given new release dates.
‘Antebellum‘ is a horror film starring Janelle Monae as a successful author who is disturbed to discover she is trapped in a terrifying reality and is forced to unravel the frightening mystery before it becomes too late. The film is produced by Sean McKittrick amongst others. McKittrick is one of the producers behind the successful Jordan Peele movies ‘Get Out‘ and ‘Us‘. Although the movie’s two trailers didn’t give that much away, they did manage to conjure up a great momentum heading towards its release date of April 24th.
‘Run‘ stars Sarah Paulson. The film was on a much smaller scale than the other two movies that have been postponed by Lionsgate today but it still managed to nab a May 8th release date, smack bang in the middle of the summer blockbuster season. The film tells the story of a teenager played by Kiera Allen who is homeschooled but comes to suspect her mother is concealing a rather dark and disturbing secret. The film, as it was a smaller production can easily find a place in the schedules later down the line. It also benefitted from not having had much in the way of a push or had much marketing up until its postponement so it can build itself up ready for its release whenever that may be.
‘Spiral: From The Book Of Saw‘ is a totally different beast altogether. The movie is a re-imagining of the ‘Saw’ franchise and was tipped to be one of the summer box office hits due to its double-handed punch of starring Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson. Rock conceived the story for the film due to his being a massive fan of the ‘Saw‘ movies. The plotline for the film sees a serial killer targetting and killing police officers in a similar way to the old ‘Jigsaw’ murders, copying grisly murders from the past. Lionsgate had high hopes for the film and the marketing for the movie had just started to ramp up ahead of its May 15th release.
I have to admit that, as I am a fan of the ‘Saw‘ films, I was really looking forward to seeing ‘Spiral‘ but ‘Antebellum‘ was intriguing to me and I did plan to go and see the film as well. ‘Run‘, I admit, I hadn’t really heard of as such but after reading the premise for it, I would have sat down and watched it in the fascination of what the film held. All three would have been viewed and reviewed. However, due to the ongoing crisis, I can’t really blame the studio for pulling the movies from the release schedule. In addition, the U.K’s cinemas have gone into lockdown as of this writing and as such, all three would be delayed from distribution until such time as the cinemas re-opened.
We await further news on what plans are going to be put in place regarding the films eventual releases, whether they will be this year or even postponed until next year sometime. If ‘Antebellum‘ and ‘Spiral’ were to come out this year, they would possibly be suited to come out during October on the run-up to Halloween. But that is not up to me to decide or, in theory, Lionsgate either. All of us are in limbo at the mercy of the Coronavirus at this time. Until such time as the virus relinquishes its hold over the world, countless other top movies will vanish from the release schedules.
We will bring you any further details if and when they emerge.
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Carl Roberts is a Senior Staff Writer and Books and Literature Correspondent for Future of the Force. Aside from being our horror genre aficionado, he is also passionate about Star Wars, Marvel, DC, and the Indiana Jones movies. Follow him on Twitter @CarlRoberts2 where he uses the force frequently!