And here we go again. Tenet‘s delay has set off a chain reaction of movie delays.Let’s dive in and see how the release calendar looks now shall we.
Disney has pushed Mulan back to August 21, 2020. So then Bill and Ted Face the Music pushed itself back two weeks to August 28, 2020. Unhinged, still wanting to be the first movie of the summer, moved to July 31, 2020. What else? Oh, Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse is completely off 2020 and instead will open February 26, 2021. Will these new release dates stick? Who the fuck knows anymore!
In news on delayed films that might actually get released to the public this year: Aaron Sorkin‘s upcoming drama The Trial of the Chicago 7 may bypass theaters and drop on Netflix instead. Paramount (who at this point is notorious for selling its films to Netflix) is in negotiations with the streaming service to sell the global rights to the movie. This could give Netflix an awards contender in a year that will have not much for serious competition. The movie follows “the infamous 1969 trial of seven men charged by the federal government with conspiracy following the counter-cultural anti-Vietnam protests in Chicago at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.”
But what about new movies I can watch now or in a week? Well, Kelly Reichardt‘s First Cow was set to hit theaters on March 6, but was delayed indefinitely. Well, A24 has decided that theaters will never be opening again, so it’s releasing the film to digital on July 10, 2020. They still hope to put the film in theaters later this year for a special run. First Cow follows “two travelers, on the run from a band of vengeful hunters in the 1820s Northwest, who dream of striking it rich – but their tenuous plan to make their fortune on the frontier comes to rely on the secret use of a landowner’s prized dairy cow.”
Are you even surprised about movie delays anymore? Will you watch First Cow? Do you think The Trial of the Chicago 7 will be an awards contender? Tell us in the comments.