The house of mouse finally caves and pulls its last two features from 2020
And then there were two.
We have all been waiting and expecting to hear that more of the big-budget movies that remained on the release schedules would be pulled. It was only a matter of time. And now, in one stroke, two of the remaining four have been removed from the release schedules entirely. Disney has removed the remake of the classic Agatha Christie novel ‘Death On The Nile‘ and the Ryan Reynolds fantasy comedy ‘Free Guy‘ from release.
As of this writing, neither film has been given a new release date and there has been no word from Disney as to what exactly their plans are for the two films. Both were acquired by Disney upon their purchase of 20th Century Fox and were to be released by the 20th Century Studios label that has been created for the films Disney gained in their purchase. ‘Free Guy‘ was due for release on December 11th to be followed a week later by ‘Death On The Nile‘ on December 18th.
‘Free Guy‘ tells the story of Guy (Reynolds), who is working as a Bank Teller who is blissfully unaware that his entire world is nothing more than a videogame and that he is nothing but a Non-Playable character within it. Until one day the realisation hits him, shocking him but setting in motion a plan to become the lead character in the game, to become a hero and to forge his own world and identity. The movie looks to be fun, enjoyable and Reynolds is always watchable in what could be a fun comedic romp.
‘Death On The Nile‘ stars Sir Kenneth Branagh (who also directs) once more as Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, who this time has to solve the murder of one of the passengers on board the ship, the S.S Karnak. With support from Armie Hammer and Gal Gadot, the film looks to be another winning murder mystery from Branagh and a fun remake of the classic novel.
With these two films now being withdrawn from release this year, it leaves only two big hitters left standing. ‘The Croods: A New Age‘ is up first and is scheduled for release on November 25th. The animated sequel once again features the voices of Nicolas Cage and Emma Stone amongst others and was moved up from a December 23rd release date. And of course, the other film is the long-delayed and eagerly-awaited ‘Wonder Woman 1984‘. Gal Gadot once again stars as the Amazonian warrior and is joined by the returning Chris Pine as well as Kristen Wiig as Barbara Minerva/ Cheetah and Pedro Pascal as the villainous Maxwell Lord.
As everyone is aware, the film has been shunted around quite a lot this year and has had release dates of June 5th, August 14th, October 2nd and its current slot of December 25th. Warner Bros. is playing their cards close to their chests at the moment regarding the film, still claiming that it will be released this Christmas. But the likelihood is, the film won’t be hitting theatres worldwide until summer 2021 and the world is waiting for the news to break that it has again been delayed. ‘The Croods: A New Age‘ stands a slightly better chance of release but I will stake my colours to the post and say that it too will be withdrawn until next year due to the world’s theatres being closed for at least the next four weeks.
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