The COVID-19 pandemic continues to decimate the 2020 release calendar
Another weekend, another spin on the release date merry-go-round. As expected, more movies have had their release dates shifted due to the spike in COVID-19 cases in countries around the world including the United States. This week sees ‘Bill And Ted Face The Music‘ move from August 14th to August 28th. It’s only two weeks which isn’t so bad but it is still disappointing that the film has shifted dates once again.
Disney’s live-action remake of the animated film ‘Mulan‘ has also, as expected, shifted position once more, this time now occupying an August 21st opening instead of its late July slot it moved into ever since its delay from March of this year. The film is being released into theatres and won’t go to Disney+ instead due to the Asian markets where Disney feels the film will be the biggest success. However, it all depends on when the Chinese cinemas are allowed to re-open so Disney is playing coy over the film’s release.
And finally, the adaptation of the Tom Clancy novel ‘Without Remorse‘ starring Michael B. Jordan which was due to open on October 2nd has now moved way back to take a February 21st, 2021 slot instead. The film is expected to serve as an origin story for the character who has been played by Willem Defoe and Liev Schriber on-screen previously and Paramount are hoping that it will launch a new franchise with the adaptation of Clancy’s ‘Rainbow Six‘ waiting in the wings IF ‘Without Remorse‘ proves to be a hit.
The way things are heading at the moment, these three movies won’t be the last to see their releases change. In all honesty, I wouldn’t be shocked if the likes of ‘No Time To Die‘, ‘Halloween Kills‘, ‘Black Widow‘, ‘Wonder Woman 1984‘, and ‘Top Gun: Maverick‘ suddenly move from a 2020 opening to finally hit screens sometime in 2021. I hope I am wrong but I fear that the theatres won’t be open so the films can be released this year as planned. It may be an idea for Hollywood to write the year off and start planning a strategy for releasing the movies from January 1st, 2021 onwards. It looks like COVID-19 may yet defeat Hollywood after all.
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