- Bond movie “No Time to Die,” Black Widow,” and “F9” are among the major movies delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
- Productions on potential blockbusters like “The Batman” and “Jurassic World: Dominion” have temporarily shut down.
- Movie theatre chains like AMC Theatres and Regal have shut down across the US and some studios have said they will release movies early on digital.
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This post was originally published on March 6 and will be updated as more movies are impacted by the coronavirus.
Hollywood is fully feeling the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
The James Bond movie “No Time to Die” was the first movie to get a major release change, as the producers pushed it from April to November. Then Paramount delayed the worldwide release of “A Quiet Place Part II” a week before it was supposed to hit theatres and Universal delayed the “F9” release a year. Disney has delayed upcoming releases like “Mulan” and “Black Widow.” And that’s just a select few movies that have been pushed back, most with no new release dates.
Productions at the major studios have shut down, including Disney’s “Little Mermaid” remake, Universal’s “Jurassic World: Dominion,” and Warner Bros.’ “The Batman.”
With no movies being released in the coming months and the CDC suggesting new guidelines to slow the spread of the coronavirus, major theatres chains like AMC Theatres and Regal have shut down all US locations (all theatres in China, Italy, and the UK are already closed in response to the coronavirus).
Some studios announced this week they would release movies early on digital for home ownership or rental, such as Warner Bros. with “Birds of Prey” and Universal with “The Invisible Man.”
Business Insider rounded up movies that have already been impacted by the coronavirus and will update this list as more come:
“A Quiet Place Part II” was delayed indefinitely, a week before it was supposed to hit theatres.
The worldwide release of Paramount’s horror sequel “A Quiet Place Part II” was delayed indefinitely a week before it was supposed to hit theatres.
Paramount said in a statement that it will release the movie “this year once we have a better understanding of the impact of this pandemic on the global theatrical marketplace.”
2018’s “A Quiet Place” was one of the biggest surprise box-office hits of the year, with $US340 million globally off of a $US17 million budget.
Disney’s “Mulan” remake was delayed.
Disney delayed its live-action “Mulan” remake to a yet-to-be-announced date. It was set for release on March 27.
The movie cost a hefty $US200 million to produce.
“The New Mutants” was delayed — again.
Disney delayed 20th Century’s X-Men spin-off movie, “The New Mutants,” to a yet-to-be-announced date. It was set for release on April 3.
This is the fourth time the movie has been postponed in two years. The first release date was set for April 2018.
“No Time to Die” was delayed until November.
The James Bond movie “No Time to Die” was slated fo release in next month, but the producers announced that it would be pushed back to November “after careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace.”
It will now be released in the UK on November 12 and in the US on November 25. The studio, MGM, “will likely take a $US30 million to $US50 million hit,” according to The Hollywood Reporter, but the damage could have been worse if the movie was released amid coronavirus concerns and theatre closures.
This is the third time the movie has been delayed. It was originally set for release in November 2019, then pushed back to February and again to April as director Cary Joji Fukunaga replaced Danny Boyle and “Fleabag” creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge came on to polish the script.
Disney delayed Searchlight’s horror movie, “Antlers.”
Director Scott Cooper’s Searchlight horror movie, “Antlers” – which was acquired by Disney in the Fox merger – was delayed to a yet-to-be-specified date. It was scheduled for release on April 17.
“Peter Rabbit 2” has been delayed until August.
Sony has pushed the European release of “Peter Rabbit 2” from March 27 to August 7, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It was set to debut in the US April 3, but that has been delayed to an unspecified date after its debut in Europe.
2018’s “Peter Rabbit” made $US351 million worldwide and $US115 million in the US.
Disney delayed Marvel’s “Black Widow.”
It’s taken 10 years for Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow to get her own movie, but audiences will have to wait even longer than expected to see her solo outing. On Monday, Disney delayed the May 1 release of “Black Widow” indefinitely.
Lionsgate delayed three of its upcoming releases, including “Spiral.”
On Monday, Lionsgate delayed Chris Rock’s “Saw” reboot, “Spiral,” as well as “Antebellum” and “Run.”
“F9” has been delayed a year.
The ninth “Fast and Furious” movie was pushed back from May 22 to April 2, 2021, because of the coronavirus. Universal had already set the release of “Fast and Furious 10” for that date.
The franchise is a global sensation at the box office, with the last two movies both making over $US1 billion each.
“The Batman” production has been shut down.
Warner Bros. and director Matt Reeves’ (“War for the Planet of the Apes”) “The Batman,” starring Robert Pattinson, halted production for two weeks. It was shooting in London and preparing to move locations when Warner Bros. suspended the shoot.
“Fantastic Beasts 3” has been halted.
Production on “Fantastic Beasts 3” was expected to begin in the UK on Monday, but Warner Bros. halted it.
Warner Bros. shut down production on its Richard Williams biopic in Los Angeles. The movie is set to open on November 25 and follows Williams, played by Will Smith, the father and coach of tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams.
Production on “The Matrix 4” was suspended.
The last of Warner Bros.’ major movie productions, “The Matrix 4,” shut down in Berlin. The movie is set for release in May 2021.
Sony postponed production on “Uncharted.”
The video-game adaptation “Uncharted” has been hit with numerous director changes and release delays. Now it’s facing another challenge, as production has been postponed. It was set to begin in April in Berlin.
Universal halted production “Jurassic World: Dominion” and other live-action movies.
Universal Pictures has suspended production on “Jurassic World: Dominion” and other live-action projects such as “Flint Strong,” based on the 2015 boxing documentary “T-Rex,” and an untitled Billy Eichner movie.
The third “Jurassic World” movie started shooting in London in February and is set to hit theatres in June, 2021.
Netflix has halted production on its live-action movies and TV shows for two weeks, including the Dwayne Johnson-starring action movie “Red Notice.”
Netflix has halted production on its live-action scripted TV shows and movies, including the action movie “Red Notice,” which stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, and Gal Gadot.
Johnson posted a video of himself addressing the crew to Instagram, saying, “We’ll continue to monitor and assess this situation closely to make the best decisions for our families first and then our businesses.”
Production on Marvel’s “Shang-Chi” was halted in Australia.
“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” director Destin Daniel Cretton has self-isolated himself while waiting for the results of a coronavirus test that he took as a precaution because he has a newborn baby.
Disney and Marvel temporarily shut down production on the movie, due in theatres in February 2021.
Disney shut down production on even more of its live-action movies, both for theatrical release and Disney Plus.
“Shang-Chi” wasn’t the only Disney production temporarily shut down.
Disney said that it was halting production on live-action movies that included:
- The “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” sequel, “Shrunk”
- A live-action “Little Mermaid” remake
- Ridley Scott’s “The Last Duel”
- Disney Plus’ “Home Alone” reboot
- “Peter Pan and Wendy”
- Guillermo del Toro’s Searchlight movie, “Nightmare Alley”
“While there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on our productions, after considering the current environment and the best interests of our cast and crew, we have made the decision to pause production on some of our live-action films for a short time,” Disney said in a statement. “We will continue to assess the situation and restart as soon as feasible.”
Production on the seventh “Mission: Impossible” movie was halted in Italy.
Production on Paramount’s seventh “Mission: Impossible” movie was halted in February in Italy as concerns over the coronavirus grew. The movie is set to be released in July 2021 and Paramount has not announced any changes.
An upcoming Elvis Presley biopic has been halted after Tom Hanks tested positive for coronavirus.
Warner Bros. halted production in Australia on a yet-to-be-titled Baz Luhrmann-directed Elvis Presley biopic last week after star Tom Hanks, and his wife Rita Wilson, tested positive for the coronavirus.
Hanks is set to play Presley’s manager, Tom Parker. Austin Butler is playing Presley. The movie is scheduled for release in October 2021.
The “Sonic the Hedgehog” China release was indefinitely postponed.
“Sonic the Hedgehog” is a surprise hit, with more than $US145 million in the US and $US300 million worldwide. That’s good considering the movie’s China release was put on hold indefinitely as China’s 70,000 theatres remain closed due to coronavirus concerns.
Vin Diesel cancelled a China promotional tour for his superhero movie “Bloodshot.”
Sony’s “Bloodshot,” starring Vin Diesel as the Valiant Comics superhero, hit theatres in the US and other markets over the weekend with $US9.2 million domestically. But like any movie being released amid the coronavirus outbreak, it wasn’t released in China as planned.
Diesel is popular in China, and not just for his mega-successful “Fast and Furious” movies. Diesel’s last non-“Fast” or Marvel flick, “XXX: The Return of Xander Cage,” grossed $US164 million in China (it made just $US45 million in the US). For comparison, “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” only earned $US20.5 million in China.