Paramount Pictures removes its biggest movies from the 2020 release schedule
It was bound to happen, wasn’t it? You just knew it was coming. Not only did have we lost ‘Mulan‘ for an undetermined period but now Paramount has made its move and delayed ‘A Quiet Place Part II‘ and the eagerly awaited ‘Top Gun: Maverick‘ until the summer season of 2021. This comes on the back of the news that the adaptation of the Tom Clancy novel ‘Without Remorse‘ which was pushed back until early next year is almost 100% likely to bypass theatres and instead go straight to streaming, with Amazon Prime in advanced talks to take the film from Paramount. Not a good day for the studio at all. ‘Bill And Ted Face The Music‘ has already been hit with a streaming release as well as a (very) limited engagement at the cinemas that are allowed to open whereas ‘The New Mutants‘ has optimistically penciled itself in for an August 28th release.
‘A Quiet Place Part II‘, once again starring Emily Blunt had already been pushed back from an April release to September and will now open on April 23rd,2021. That is yet another film that has seen its opening pushed back a whole year thanks to COVID-19. Meanwhile, Tom Cruise has suffered the same fate almost as ‘Top Gun: Maverick‘ will now fly into theatres on July 2nd, 2021 instead of this Christmas. This is slightly under a year’s delay for the long-gestating sequel. But in all fairness, I do think that the film is more suited to a summer release rather than the Christmas slot that it was dumped in.
‘Without Remorse‘ starring Michael B. Jordan as the character of John Clark was supposed to kickstart a new franchise for Paramount but it will probably find its home on Amazon Prime where it will fit in alongside the ‘Jack Ryan‘ series that stars John Krasinski who also happens to be the writer and director of ‘A Quiet Place Part II‘. Although I’m disappointed that the film won’t get its deserved theatrical release, it will possibly find its niche on Prime and will be seen as a complementary piece alongside the ‘Jack Ryan‘ show.
‘Avatar 2‘ also got bumped yesterday to a December 2022 release. In its place, Sony has decided to move the third film in its ‘Spider-Man‘ franchise from November 5th, 2021 into the vacated slot left by ‘Avatar 2‘. The Tom Holland starring film will now open on December 17th next year. This now means that Sony has ‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage‘ coming out on June 25th, 2021, and a new Spider-Man adventure just under six months after it. And they also have ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse 2‘ coming to screens on October 7th, 2022. It has also been revealed that ‘Sonic The Hedgehog 2‘ will be speeding into multiplexes on April 8th, 2022.
With the loss of these films from the schedules for this year and taking into account that ‘Top Gun: Maverick‘ was due for release at Christmas, it looks almost certain that ‘Wonder Woman 1984‘, ‘Candyman‘, ‘Black Widow‘ and ‘No Time To Die‘ will inevitably follow them into moving to summer 2021 instead of opening in October and November respectively. These four films represent the last of the big-budget movies that were due for release this year and as such, will wipe out the cinematic year completely. It now also looks increasingly likely that despite all their best efforts, Warner Bros’ ‘Tenet‘ will also miss out on a 2020 release and be held back until next year. With the closure once more of the Chinese cinemas after a spike in COVID-19 cases and several other countries suffering their own spikes, it is not beyond the realms of fantasy to now say that the movie year is all but done. It looks like cinemas will remain closed now due to the lack of big-budget entertainment for the foreseeable future and Hollywood looking more likely to hit the reset button on January 1st, 2021. That is assuming that it will be safe to do so.
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