Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s announcement that non-essential services had been closed due to the coronavirus, has affected thousands of businesses all over the country — including the closures of cinemas.
However, has COVID-19 is a global pandemic, the entire world has had to close the doors on their theatres, pushing back blockbuster release dates.
While there was some good news to come out of China on March 24 (where the virus was first detected) — with over 500 cinemas reopening across the country, people are still hesitant to attend.
So, in order to combat this, movie houses like Universal Pictures, Warner Bros and Paramount Pictures, have all put their major releases on hold — and in some cases, released on-demand versions early.
Here is a list of all of the major films and their new cinematic release dates.
On April 21, Warner Bros announced the release calendar for many of its upcoming projects including Robert Pattinson’s as the titular character in The Batman.
The film was set to be released on June 24, 2021, however, has been moved towards the end of next year.
Original Release Date: June 24, 2021
New Release Date: September 31, 2021
On March 20, Illumination pulled the Minions: The Rise of Gru July release date due to closures in France which saw the film unable to finish the production.
Then on April 2, it was announced that it would now be released in 2021.
Original Release Date: June 18, 2020
New Release Date: July 3, 2021
Wonder Woman 1984
Original Release Date: June 4, 2020
New Release Date: October 1 2020
James Bond: No Time to Die
Original Release Date: April 2020
New Release Date: November 12 2020
MGM, Universal and Bond producers, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, announced today that after careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace, the release of NO TIME TO DIE will be postponed until November 2020. pic.twitter.com/a9h1RP5OKd
— James Bond (@007) March 4, 2020
On March 24, Marvel delayed the release date of Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, with a new date set of November 5, 2020.
Original Release Date: April 30, 2020
New Release Date: October 29, 2020
On March 13, Disney announced that they would be postponing the upcoming release of Disney’s Mulan live-action film.
Original Release Date: June 25, 2020
New Release Date: July 23, 2020
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Dear Mulan Fans, Making this film has been one of the most satisfying and exhilarating experiences of my entire career, and I’ve been so fortunate to be on this journey with some of the best cast and crew in the business – people who truly embody the attributes of Loyal, Brave, and True. We are so excited to share this film with the world, but given the current ever-shifting circumstances we are all experiencing, unfortunately, we have to postpone the worldwide release of MULAN for now. Our hearts are with everyone the world over who is affected by this virus, and we hope that Mulan’s fighting spirit will continue to inspire those who are working so hard to keep us all safe. Thank you for all of your enthusiasm and support, and I can’t wait for the day where we will all get to experience this tale of a girl warrior who became a legend together #mulan #yifei_cc #loyalbravetrue With love, Niki Caro
In The Heights
On March 25, Warner Bros announced that they would be pulling the release date of In The Heights indefinitely.
Original Release Date: March 27, 2020
New Release Date: No new date set.