It’s all change at Disney as COVID-19 continues to decimate the 2020 release calendar
Well, you may as well do as I predicted earlier.
Although there has been no official announcement and Disney has so far declined to comment, the word is leaking out that the big Marvel film of the year, ‘Black Widow‘ that moved from earlier this year to snag a release date in November is almost certain now to be pulled from the release schedule and will be moving once more to an un-announced as yet date, probably into the already packed release schedule of 2021.
The swansong for Scarlett Johansson as the title character is one of the most awaited releases of the year and will represent another massive blow to Disney after the decision to send the live-action remake of the animated classic ‘Mulan‘ straight to PVOD instead of allowing it a cinematic release. If it does indeed move as widely speculated and reported, it will follow the Warner Bros. superhero film ‘Wonder Woman 1984‘ in being delayed once again.
Another of Disney’s movies could also be removed from the release schedules but this time, it is liable to go straight to PVOD, much in the same vein as ‘Mulan‘. It is also being rumored that Disney Pixar’s ‘Soul‘ will now no longer open theatrically and will go to the Disney+ streaming service for a premium price instead. This too will be a bitter blow to Disney who it has been said had high hopes for the film at the box offices around the world.
All eyes will now turn, if the reports are correct, to Universal’s James Bond film ‘No Time To Die‘ that moved from a March/April release to mid-November. Its release is now seriously in jeopardy and it could also possibly move to 2021 instead. Universal has already shifted its ‘Candyman‘ reboot until next year alongside the sequel ‘Halloween Kills’ so anything is now possible. STX has already delayed the Gerard Butler film ‘Greenland‘ from September to an undetermined date while Warner Brothers moved ‘Wonder Woman 1984‘ from October to a Christmas Day opening instead. Opening a week before that film is Warner Bros. ‘Dune‘ remake. Both films are in the firing line and are almost certain to be delayed again.
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Carl Roberts is a Senior Entertainment/Books and Literature Correspondent for The 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!