It is not shaping up to be a good year for movies.
Following No Time to Die being bumped back from an April to a November release, two other movies have followed suit.
Paramount has postponed the global release of A Quiet Place Part II. Here is the studio’s official statement:
“After much consideration, and in light of the ongoing and developing situation concerning coronavirus and restrictions on global travel and public gatherings, Paramount Pictures will be moving the worldwide release of A Quiet Place Part II. We believe in and support the theatrical experience, and we look forward to bringing this film to audiences this year once we have a better understanding of the impact of this pandemic on the global theatrical marketplace.”
As well, Universal has pushed back F9, the ninth installment in The Fast Saga, a whole year. It will now open globally in April 2021 with a U.S. release set for April 2, 2021.
Vin Diesel made the announcement on social media:
“We feel all the love and the anticipation you have for the next chapter in our saga. That’s why it’s especially tough to let you know that we have to move the release date of the film. It’s become clear that it won’t be possible for all of our fans around the world to see the film this May. …While we know there is disappointment in having to wait a little while longer, this move is made with the safety of everyone as our foremost consideration.”
Coronavirus has had a major impact on the global economy in the last month. Theaters remain closed in Italy, South Korea, and China, and I expect more countries will follow suit. At this rate, 2020 is looking like a bleak year for blockbuster movies. But that might mean some smaller, original fare is given a chance to shine and garner public attention.
We’ll keep you updated if there are any more major release date changes.
What other major 2020 movies do you think might be delayed because of coronavirus concerns?