Concerns over the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) has led to the closure of Disneyland, the cancellation of E3, the suspension of the NBA and NHL seasons, the postponement of WonderCon, and many more events that have been either axed entirely or delayed until a later date. On top of this, many movies’ releases have also been pushed back, a trend that began earlier this month with the delay of Daniel Craig’s final James Bond film, No Time to Die.
More studios have since followed suit, including Paramount, Universal, and Disney. Additionally, networks and studios have suspended or delayed filming on many major films and TV shows that are currently in production, and we also have a running list of all the shows and movies facing production delays at the bottom of this post. First, here’s a quick look at all the movies that have been postponed (for far) in order to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
March 30, 2020: This story has been updated with the latest information available.
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Every Movie Release Date Delayed Because of Coronavirus
Fast & Furious 9
The biggest push back, so far, has been Fast 9’s one-year delay. Universal has stated that the latest Fast & Furious franchise installment, which was originally set for a release this May, will now be released in April 2021. In a statement to IGN, Universal Pictures confirmed that “We are moving the global release date to April 2021, with North America opening on April 2.”
No Time to Die
No Time to Die, James Bond’s latest film, has been delayed until November 2020 “after careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace.” The film will now be released in theaters on November 12, 2020, in the U.K. and on November 25, 2020, in the US.
Disney announced that its live-action remake of Mulan has been indefinitely delayed from its original release date of March 27. No new date has been given at this time.
A Quiet Place: Part II
Just a week out from its release, writer-director John Krasinski announced on Twitter that A Quiet Place: Part II has been delayed. As of now, Paramount has not scheduled a new date for the sequel.
Paramount has pushed back its theatrical release for The Lovebirds, a romantic action-comedy starring Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae that was scheduled for release on April 3. No new date has been given at this time.
The New Mutants
Sadly, after years of sitting on the shelf, and then finally getting a release date, The New Mutants’ premiere has been postponed indefinitely. The film was due out on April 3. Disney is said to be looking at new potential 2020 release dates to be announced at a later date.
Paramount’s Blue Story, directed by Andrew Onwubolu, centers on two London youths whose lives are scarred by gang warfare. The film was to be released on March 20 but now is another title with no current date set.
Marvel and Disney have postponed the next MCU film, Black Widow, which was previously scheduled for release on May 1 in the U.S. The first solo film for Scarlett Johanson’s Black Widow character does not currently have a new release set. Obviously the interconnectivity of the MCU makes such delays particularly difficult as the films (and soon, the Disney+ TV series) often rely on one another for story beats, characters, and more.
The Saw franchise continuation/reboot starring Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson was slated to open May 15, but Lionsgate has removed it from the release calendar. No new date has been set yet. The horror film is directed by Saw series veteran Darren Lynn Bousman.
Janelle Monáe stars in this mind-bending horror-thriller that appears to take place in both the past and the present. The film was slated to open April 24 but Lionsgate has now bumped it from that date for the time being.
Minions: The Rise of Gru
Universal has postponed the July release of Illumination’s sequel, Minions: The Rise of Gru. “In response to the severity of the situation in France, we are temporarily closing our Illumination Mac Guff studio in Paris,” Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri said in a statement obtained by THR. “With this decision we are abiding by the French Government’s guidelines and doing everything possible to slow the spread of the virus as we care for our artists and their families. This means we will be unable to finish Minions: The Rise of Gru in time for our planned global releases in late June and early July. While we all grapple with the enormity of this crisis, we must put the safety and protection of our employees above all. We look forward to finding a new release date for the return of Gru and the Minions.”
Trolls World Tour
The show goes on for this DreamWorks Animation sequel … but in a different and very experimental way. Universal became the first major Hollywood studio to break the traditional window separating when a new movie release debuts in theaters to when it is available on-demand. In an announcement Monday, the studio said its upcoming animated film Trolls World Tour will be available to consumers on-demand day and date with its original theatrical release date (April 10 in the US and UK).
Wonder Woman 1984
Wonder Woman 1984 will shift from its original June 5 release date to August 14. “We made Wonder Woman 1984 for the big screen and I believe in the power of cinema,” director Patty Jenkins tweeted. “In these terrible times, when theater owners are struggling as so many are, we are excited to re-date our film to August 14th 2020 in a theater near you, and pray for better times for all by then.”
In the Heights
The big screen adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s acclaimed stage musical has been indefinitely postponed from its original June 26 release date.
The biggest mystery facing the Mystery, Inc. gang now is when their CG-animated movie will debut. Warner Bros. has indefinitely postponed Scoob! from its original May 15 release date.
Director James Wan’s next horror film has been indefinitely postponed. Its original August 14 release date is now occupied by Wonder Woman 1984.
On March 30, Sony Pictures pushed the release dates of several of its upcoming films all the way to 2021, though a couple of projects now no longer have a release date. That includes this Tom Hanks World War II drama, which was pushed from a June 2020 release to a TBD date. (Interestingly, the Kevin Hart starrer Fatherhood actually got bumped to an October 23, 2020, release from January 15, 2021.)
The eternally delayed adaptation of Uncharted is delayed once more. The Tom Holland/Mark Wahlberg production was slated for March 5, 2021, and now has been pushed to October 8, 2021. That’s practically 2022, guys.
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Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway
Sony has also pushed the release date of the Peter Rabbit sequel to January 15, 2021. It was originally meant to arrive on March 27 in the U.K. and Europe and, most recently, in the U.S. in August.
Every Movie and TV Show Production Delayed
On top of these finished films getting their release dates pushed back, many projects currently in production have halted. The biggest projects that have halted production include the following:
- HBO has delayed filming on their series Barry and Succession.
- Filming on HBO Max’s Friends Reunion Special has been postponed for at least two months.
- Pre-production on the Tom Holland/Mark Wahlberg Uncharted movie has been delayed for six weeks.
- SNL has postponed its next three shows that were supposed to begin airing on March 28.
- Production on the fourth season of FX’s Fargo has been postponed, and as a result the show’s April 19 premiere date has also been pushed.
- The Matrix 4, the last of Warner Bros.’ feature films that were still shooting, has paused production in Berlin.
- The Batman has halted production for two weeks.
- Amazon’s Lord of the Rings TV series has suspended production for at least two weeks, in addition to suspensions on Wheel of Time and Carnival Row Season 2.
- The Witcher Season 2 has suspended production in London for two weeks, and Netflix has paused filming on all of its TV shows and movies in the US and Canada, including Stranger Things Season 4.
- Fantastic Beasts 3 was shut down on what was to have been its first day of production.
- Mission: Impossible 7
- Jurassic World: Dominion
- All of Marvel Studios’ Disney+ shows that are currently in production, including Marvel’s The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, Loki, and WandaVision have been put on hold. Shows that are in pre-production will continue remote work. (Disney TV Studios, which includes ABC Studios, 20th Century Fox TV, and NatGeo, has also suspended production on 16 pilots and series, including Cynthia Erivo’s Genius: Aretha.)
- Billy Eichner’s Romantic Comedy Bros
- Ridley’s Scott’s The Last Duel
- Disney’s Live-Action Little Mermaid
- Fox’s Home Alone Reboot
- Disney’s Peter Pan & Wendy
- Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley
- Disney’s Shrunk
- Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Seven Rings
- Flint Strong
- Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Biopic
- ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy
- AMC has halted production on Fear the Walking Dead Season 6 until at least the week of April 13. Pre-production on Season 11 of The Walking Dead has also been delayed for a month, although the writers’ room is still active and working on scripts.
- All Apple TV Plus Shows: See, Servant, For All Mankind, Lisey’s Story, Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet, The Morning Show, and Foundation
- FX’s Y: The Last Man, Atlanta, Fargo, and Snowfall
- NBC has suspended or accelerated production on 35 scripted, unscripted, and syndicated shows and pilots, including Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Chicago P.D., and Law and Order: SVU.
- Warner Bros. TV’s The Flash, Riverdale, Lucifer, Supernatural, Batwoman, Young Sheldon, and an unspecified number of the studio’s other 70+ shows and pilots have been suspended. WB released this statement: “With the rapidly changing events related to COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution, Warner Bros. Television Group is halting production on some of our 70-plus series and pilots currently filming or about to begin. There have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on any of our productions, but the health and safety of our employees, casts and crews remains our top priority. During this time, we will continue to follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control as well as local officials and public health professionals in each city where our productions are based.”
- ViacomCBS (which includes CBS, Paramount TV Studios, and Showtime) is not commenting on specific shows, but released a general statement: “Over the past few days, we began making decisions to temporarily postpone production on some of our pilots and current series. At this time, we are evaluating situations on a case-by-case basis, informed by the best information from health experts and government officials. Some productions may continue as long as they do not involve live audiences and/or environments that are considered at risk. The safety and welfare of our production team is our top priority.” Production on globetrotting reality shows The Amazing Race and Survivor was previously suspended. (We’re keeping an eye out for Showtime’s Halo.)
- The Walking Dead: World Beyond has postponed its April premiere date.
For more on this rapidly evolving situation, check out what a major movie studio executive told IGN about what to expect next for movies in 2020… [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/03/13/how-coronavirus-delays-are-impacting-2020-movies-ign-now”%5D Do you need an escape during these trying times? Here’s a bunch of feel-good movies and shows you can stream right now. Keep it locked into IGN for all the latest news from the entertainment world regarding COVID-19. [poilib element=”accentDivider”] Matt Fowler is a writer for IGN and a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow him on Twitter at @TheMattFowler and Facebook at Facebook.com/MattBFowler.