UPDATE – November 5, 2020: This story has been updated with the latest information available.
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 in March with the delay of Daniel Craig’s final James Bond film, No Time to Die.
All the studios have since followed suit, including Paramount, Universal, and Disney. Additionally, networks and studios have suspended or delayed filming on their major films and TV shows that were 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.
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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 20, 2020, in the US.
Disney announced in March that its live-action remake of Mulan had been indefinitely delayed from its original release date of March 27. It was then given a release date of July 24 and then August 21. However, on July 23 Disney announced that the film had been indefinitely postponed again due to the ongoing pandemic.
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. Paramount has rescheduled the sequel for September 4, 2020.
Paramount has pushed back its theatrical release for The Lovebirds, a romantic action-comedy starring Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae that was scheduled to open April 3. Netflix has set a May 22, 2020 premiere date for the film.
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 again. The film was due out on April 3, then pulled from the schedule, and now it has been rescheduled for August 28, 2020.
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.
Black Widow and the MCU
Marvel and Disney postponed the next MCU film, Black Widow, in March. It was previously scheduled for release on May 1 in the U.S. The first solo film for Scarlett Johanson’s Black Widow character, the film then went from a November 6 release date to its current May 7, 2021 spot. Those changes caused a cascade effect for the MCU movies. Essentially, what has happened as a result of Black Widow’s delay is all of the current Marvel films also got bumped. Eternals moved to Feb. 12, 2021, which was Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ old date, and then again to May 7,2021. Shang-Chi went to May 7, 2021, which was Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ old date, and then shifted again to July 9, 2021. Doctor Strange 2 was first moved to Nov. 5, 2021, which was where Thor: Love and Thunder used to sit, but the good doctor was subsequently pushed again to March 25, 2022. The fourth Thor movie now will hit on Feb. 11, 2022. Meanwhile, Black Panther 2 still has its May 8, 2022 perch, and Captain Marvel 2 is now set for July 8, 2022, which the studio had previously claimed for a TBD title. Additionally, Disney has removed two films from its schedule (an untitled March 25, 2022, live-action movie and an untitled April 8, 2022, 20th Century Fox film). It replaced the Fox film with a Disney live-action film and has set “an event movie” for July 9, 2021… which was eventually dropped. Whew.
The Saw franchise continuation/reboot starring Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson was slated to open May 15, but Lionsgate has postponed it a whole year to May 21, 2021. The horror film is directed by Saw series veteran Darren Lynn Bousman.
The Spongebob Movie: Sponge On The Run
Paramount’s The Spongebob Movie: Sponge On The Run had previously shifted from its original May 22 release date to July 31, but now the studio has pushed the animated film back another week to August 7, 2020.
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 to August 21, 2020.
The Forever Purge
The Purge 5, now titled The Forever Purge, was previously set for release on July 10, 2020, but is now unset and will be redated at a later time. The Forever Purge is directed by Everardo Gout, writer-director of the award-winning thriller Days of Grace.
Minions: The Rise of Gru
After Universal initially announced that they would be unable to finish the Minions sequel in tie for its original July 2020 release, the studio subsequently set a July 2, 2021 release date for it (yes, exactly a year from when it supposed to open). Universal also postponed Sing 2 to December 22, 2021 and has indefinitely delayed its screen adaptation of Wicked.
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. The studio made its animated film Trolls World Tour available to consumers on-demand day and date with its original theatrical release date (April 10 in the US and UK).
Disney postponed their Pixar Animation title Soul from its original June 19, 2020 date to November 20, 2020.
The release of director Antoine Fuqua’s sci-fi/action film Infinite, starring Mark Wahlberg and Chiwetel Ejiofor, has been rescheduled from August 7, 2020 to May 28, 2021.
Wonder Woman 1984
Wonder Woman 1984 shifted 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.” On June 12 it was revealed that the film had shifted again to Oct. 2, and then in September the film was pushed once more to Christmas Day 2020.
The Batman has been pushed to Oct. 1, 2021. Star Robert Pattinson tested positive for COVID-19 in September, 2020, leading to the film’s production being halted for the second time during the pandemic.
Top Gun: Maverick
Top Gun: Maverick was to have opened June 24 but will now hit theaters December 23 instead.
In the Heights
Director James Wan’s next horror film has been indefinitely postponed. Its original August 14 release date is now occupied by Wonder Woman 1984.
The eternally delayed adaptation of Uncharted is delayed once more. The Tom Holland/Mark Wahlberg production was slated for March 5, 2021, and then October 8, 2021 but is now scheduled for July, 16, 2021.
Raya and the Last Dragon
Disney postponed the release of their animated film Raya and the Last Dragon from November 25, 2020 to March 12, 2021.
Untitled Sony Marvel Film
Spider-Man 3 and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2
Sony has moved its untitled Spider-Man: Far From Home sequel from July 16, 2021, to Nov. 5, 2021. And Sony Pictures Animation’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2 has been pushed from April 8, 2022, to Oct. 7, 2022.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage
Venom 2 has been delayed eight months, from October 2, 2020, to June 25, 2021. With the news of the delay, the film’s full title was also released: Venom: Let There Be Carnage. Huh, one has to wonder who the bad guy will be in this one?
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.
The Tomorrow War
MGM and Universal’s Candyman reboot from writer-producer Jordan Peele and director Nia DaCosta, and starring Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Aquaman), has been pushed to a September 25, 2020 opening. Praise This, a romantic drama also from the studio, had previously held that date but now has a TBD release.
The Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt adaptation of the classic Disney ride had previously held a July 24, 2020, release date. That has now gone to Mulan, which means Jungle Cruise has been bumped a year to July 30, 2021.
Indiana Jones 5
While Lucasfilm’s Indiana Jones 5 technically doesn’t even have a director at the moment (James Mangold is rumored to be in discussions to take the reins), it did have a release date of July 9, 2021. That has now been bumped all the way to July 29, 2022.
The Ryan Reynolds video game comedy from 20th Century Studios was slated for this past summer on July 3 but was moved to December 11. On November 5 it was removed from the release schedule entirely, with no new date attached.
Death on the Nile
The Woman in the Window
The Personal History of David Copperfield
The French Dispatch
Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0
Evangelion 3.0 + 10.0 (also known as Shin Evangelion) has been delayed indefinitely from its planned June 27 release in Japan. An announcement post says: “As for the future release schedule, as soon as it is decided, we will inform you immediately on the “Evangelion” official website”. The movie – the last in a series of four new Evangelion films – has no scheduled western release date.
Mission: Impossible 7 and 8
The Tom Cruise action perennial is also delayed. M:I 7 was expected to hit on July 23, 2021, but has been pushed to Nov. 19, 2021. And M:I 8 has gone from Aug. 5, 2022, to Nov. 4, 2022. Shooting on 7 was expected to start in Italy in February but was halted due to the pandemic.
John Wick: Chapter 4
The fourth installment of the John Wick action franchise was originally slated to hit theaters on May 21, 2021, but has been pushed back to May 27, 2022. John Wick 4’s original 2021 release date would have seen it open against The Matrix 4, another highly anticipated sequel starring Keanu Reeves.
Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated opus Tenet had avoided pushing its release date until just over a month before that planned debut. The film was intended to hit on July 17 but was moved to July 31, and then to mid-August, before being indefinitely postponed. The studio will re-release Nolan’s Inception on July 17 instead to honor the film’s 10th anniversary, with an extended sneak peek at Tenet attached.
Godzilla vs. Kong
The Matrix 4
On July 23, Disney announced many changes in its release schedule due to the ongoing pandemic. That includes the next batch of Star Wars movies, which are now planned for December 22, 2023, December 19, 2025, and December 17, 2027. What exactly these films are about remains to be seen.
James Cameron’s Avatar sequels have been getting delayed since long before the pandemic, and now it’s happened again. Here’s the new line-up of dates: Avatar 2 (December 16, 2022), Avatar 3 (December 20, 2024), Avatar 4 (December 18, 2026), and Avatar 5 (December 22, 2028).
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 has paused production in Berlin. The film will now open April 1, 2022.
- 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.
- American Horror Story Season 10 has been delayed into 2021.
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.