Be honest are we shocked at this news? No! Whilst some parts of world are slowly getting back to some sort of reality there’s still parts of the world especially USA, normality is a million miles away. With American cinemas still not opened which is Hollywood’s main box office a lot of studios are now having change release dates.
With Covid-19 still affecting everything, delays and postponements will be commonplace. Today Paramount Pictures with A Quiet Place 2 and Top Gun: Maverick are the latest to be given new dates. John Krasinski’s A Quite Place 2 which was originally to be released in March and when the Pandemic started it moved to 4th September. The film has now been given a release date of 23rd April 2021, exactly one year after it’s original release date.
Top Gun: Maverick was originally set for 23rd December now has a 2nd July 2021 release date. With this film’s release date for the end of the year, the studios must not have much hope that cinemas will open this year. Here in the UK is slightly different, with old favourites, popular releases returning along with some smaller indie releases. A fantastic opportunity for people who do want to return to cinemas to see films outside the mainstream. However next to safety measures cinemas will struggle to survive without mainstream releases.
These films will be more delayed due to the pandemic, some films are either stuck in production or post-production hell. Studios maybe setting up protocols for films to adhere to when it comes to filming safely, however many films still don’t have the go ahead to restart production.
Other Paramount Pictures releases with release dates include Sonic The Hedgehog 2 has 8th April 2022. Jackass Movie 3 will be out 3rd September 2021, and animated features Under The Broadwalk 22nd July 2022 , The Tiger’s Apprentice (10th February 2023).
Elsewhere Scott Cooper’s Antlers is now heading to cinemas on 19th February 2021. Spider-Man Homecoming second sequel is now aiming for December 2021 .
After the news about of Tenet put in a indefinite delay , Disney announced Mulan will also take the same route as Christopher Nolan’s film. The Disney film was mean’t to be the next big blockbuster, so they want patrons to see the film on the big screen not VOD or streaming services.
James Cameron‘s Avatar films have also delayed releases by an year with Avatar 2 now aiming for December 2022. Avatar 3 December 2024, Avatar 4 December 2026 and December 2028 for Avatar 5. Disney also announced the next Star Wars trilogy first film now set for December 2023.
Looking at all these changes, you wonder if the likes of Black Widow, Wonder Woman 84 and No Time To Die are their release dates now under threat? Or could Europe and over parts of the world see it before the USA? With so many 2020 films now moving to 2021 I would expect 2021 films move to 2022. If not 2021 is going to be one packed year.