‘West Facet Story,’ ‘Black Widow,’ extra movies stalled by COVID-19
The coronavirus pandemic retains pummeling the already-hobbled movie business as Disney has postponed quite a few huge box-office premieres to 2021.
Steven Spielberg’s “West Facet Story” reboot has been pushed again a full 12 months by Disney — to Dec. 10, 2021, from Dec. 18, 2020 — and Marvel’s highly-anticipated “Black Widow,” starring Scarlett Johansson and beforehand postponed to Nov. 6, now received’t spring into motion till Might 7, 2021, based on Selection. Marvel superhero flick “Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” starring Simu Lieu, was pushed two months to July 9, 2021, whereas “The Eternals,” that includes a newly-buff Kumail Nanjiani, was delayed 9 months and given a brand new launch date of Nov. 5, 2021.
“Marvel made the precise & accountable determination. There’s a pandemic. Nothing is extra essential than well being & lives,” Nanjiani wrote in a Twitter put up on Wednesday afternoon. “I can’t inform ppl to go to a movie show till I really feel protected going to at least one. Deal with yourselves. I promise it’ll be well worth the wait!”
The maintain placed on “West Facet Story” has one other impact, too: It’s going to now not be in rivalry for the 2021 Oscars race.
As well as, Kenneth Branagh’s “Dying on the Nile” — a twentieth Century Studios sequel to 2017’s “Homicide on the Orient Categorical,” primarily based on the Agatha Christie thriller — has been pushed to Dec. 18, 2020, from its Oct. 23 spot. Nonetheless, kiddie filmgoers received’t have to attend any longer for Pixar’s heart-stirring animated film “Soul” — that includes Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Quest Love, Daveed Diggs, Angela Bassett and Phylicia Rashad — which retained its Nov. 20, 2020, premiere.
COVID-19 has considerably disrupted movie manufacturing — in addition to TV and Broadway schedules — this 12 months, with film theaters remaining closed and initiatives like Disney’s live-action “Mulan” getting pushed to streaming (for a value). The virus has pressured different high-profile schedule adjustments, too, together with the Gal Gadot-starring “Marvel Lady 1984” (moved by Warner Bros. to Christmas Day 2020 from Oct. 2) and the Common horror remake “Candyman,” which has been booted from its Oct. 16 launch to an unspecified date in 2021.
The brand new strikes appear to point some soul-searching by the movie business within the wake of Christopher Nolan’s big-budget ($200 million) box-office movie “Tenet,” which nabbed lower than $30 million in US ticket gross sales since its Sept. 3 premiere.
Right here is the place 2020 film premiere dates presently stand:
The Warfare With Grandpa (101 Studios)
2 Hearts (Freestyle)
Trustworthy Thief (Open Highway)
The Empty Man (twentieth/Dis)
Come Play (Focus/Amblin)
Let Him Go (Focus)
The Comeback Path (Cloudburst)
No Time to Die (MGM/UAR)
Happiest Season (Sony/Tri-Star)
The Croods: A New Age (Common/Dreamworks Animation)
Free Man (twentieth/Disney)
Dying on the Nile (twentieth Century/Disney)
Coming to America 2 (Paramount)
Dune (Warner Bros./Legendary)
Marvel Lady 1984 (Warner Bros.)
Information of the World (Common)
Escape Room 2 (Sony/Display Gems)
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