With the current global health crisis, a lot of things have changed. That certainly has included how we consume new media. The film industry has had to quickly adapt to the fact that movie theaters are closed and make decisions about if they should send movies straight to digital on-demand, delay openings, or postpone indefinitely.
Obviously all of these dates are tentative, but we will do our best to keep you updated as things change!
One of the first movies to delays its opening was the James Bond film No Time To Die. Originally due out in April, the final Bond film starring Daniel Craig will now debut November 12 in the UK and November 25 everywhere else.
A Quiet Place 2 was another film to quickly delay opening in theaters. The John Krasinski-directed movie will now come out in September 4.
Fast and the Furious 9 has been pushed back almost a whole year, from May of this year to April 2, 2021.
Jungle Cruise, starring Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson, will now explore the unknown on July 30,2021.
Mulan, the latest Disney film to get a live-action remake, is taking Jungle Cruise’s original spot of July 24.
Easter film Peter Rabbit 2 is hopping backward a bit until August 7. The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run has been moved to a release date of July 31. Ghostbusters: Afterlife will now bust ghosts once more on March 5, 2021. An adaptation of a video game of the same name, Uncharted will now come out on October 8, 2021. Free Guy, starring Ryan Reynolds, has changed its release from July to December 2. Wes Anderson film The French Dispatch will now come out October 16. Indiana Jones 5, which had not started filming yet, will now debut a year later on July 29, 2022. Thiller Candyman will now be available to audiences on September 25. Top Gun: Maverick will now fly into theaters during the holiday season on December 23.
On the superhero side of movies, quite a bit has changed. Wonder Woman 1984 will be moving to a late summer release date of August 14. Morbius, starring Jared Leto, is likewise being moved back to March 19, 2021.
The next Marvel film due to be released was Black Widow on May 1. This next installment of the MCU is being pushed back to November 6, which is having quite a ripple effect on the rest of Phase 4. As a result, Eternals has been moved to February 12, 2021, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings to May 7, 2021, Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness to March 25, 2022, and Thor: Love and Thunder to February 11, 2022. The only films to remain unchanged are Black Panther 2 on May 8, 2022 and Captain Marvel 2 was given an official release date of July 8, 2022.
The follow-up to 2018’s Venom has gotten both a name change and new release date. Instead of simply being known as Venom 2, the film is now being called Venom: Let There Be Carnage, and it’s release date of October 2 of this year will now be June 25th, 2021.
It has been announced that at least a few films will be release digitally. Disney’s Artemis Fowl will go straight to Disney+ on June 12 and The Lovebirds starring Kumail Nanjiani will be released on Netflix on May 22. Animated film Scoob! will be available for digital purchase or rental May 15, the film’s original theatrical release date.
Updated 4/20/2020: Today Warner Bros. announced changes for its upcoming slate of movies. The Batman starring Ben Affleck has been moved back 4 months, from June 25, 2021 to October 4. The sequel to last year’s Shazam movie has been changed to November 2022, and The Flash has actually moved up one month to June 2022. On the non-superhero front, the Sopranos prequel The Many Saints of Newark is moving from its original date of September 2020 to March 12, 2021. Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis film and Will Smith’s King Richard are now both moving to November 2021.
Quite a few films have not had new release dates announced and are currently postponed indefinitely. These include Antebellum, Antlers, Greyhound, In The Heights, Minions: The Rise of Gru, New Mutants, Run, and Spiral. As for any movies that were currently in production, we’ll just have to wait and see how the future shakes out.
What is the first movie you’re looking forward to seeing once theaters reopen?