With the worldwide outbreak of the coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan, China, life as we know it has come to a standstill. Across the world, offices and schools have shut down, events have been canceled and movie releases have been postponed. The World Health Organization has declared a pandemic, advising people not to venture outdoors. Even in India, malls, gyms and theatres have been closed indefinitely until the virus is contained. Every day, we read about the disastrous impact the coronavirus is having on businesses and we can do little but stay indoors and not enable the spread of the disease.
With the delay in production, shooting, and release of movies, several releases of March, April, and even May have been pushed. While some production houses have already confirmed the new release dates, others are waiting to see how the pandemic shapes out. If you are wondering whether your favorite movie will be out in theatres soon, look no further. Here, you can get information about all the movies that have been postponed on account of the coronavirus pandemic along with the new release dates.
– Walt Disney Pictures has confirmed that the release of the live-action Mulan, which was slated to hit theatres on the 27th of March, has been pushed due to coronavirus concerns. Earlier, the European Red Carpet event of this Niki Caro film had been canceled over the virus and now, Disney has not yet set plans for a future release date.
– MGM, Universal, and the producers of Bond, namely Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, have announced that the latest film No Time to Die, which was slated to release early April is now releasing on the 12th of November, 2020. Prior to the delay, Universal had also canceled the film’s premiere in China.
– The ninth Fast and Furious movie, titled Fast and Furious 9 or F9, has been pushed to next year by Universal Studios. The movie was initially set to release around Eid this year but will now open on the 2nd of April, 2021.
– Paramount Pictures has delayed the release of comedy movie The Lovebirds, starring Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae. Initially slated to hit theaters on the 3rd of April, this movie does not have a new release date yet. This follows Paramount’s recent delay announcement of John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place – Part 2, which hasn’t been assigned a new release date either.
– Sony has decided to push Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway by five months. Earlier slated to release on the 17th of April in India, the movie will now hit theatres on the 7th of August.
Many Hollywood studios have halted the production of their films, especially in places where the shooting had to be canceled due to the spread of the virus.
– Paramount Pictures has delayed production of the next Mission: Impossible movie in Italy, where the pandemic concerns have been raver than anywhere else.
– Marvel Studios has shut down the production of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and all of its Disney+ series are currently on hold.
– Universal Studios has halted the filming of Jurassic World: Dominion.
– Disney has shut down the production on the live-action version of The Little Mermaid, the remake of Home Alone, Peter Pan & Wendy, Nightmare Alley, and Shrunk, which is a sequel to Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.
– Warner Bros. has paused production on The Batman, which is on-going in the UK, for a few weeks.
– Sony has suspended production on The Nightingale, which stars sisters Dakota and Elle Fanning.
BOLLYWOOD & SOUTH
Cinema halls in Delhi, Kerala and Jammu & Kashmir are under lockdown till March 31 while Karnataka, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu and parts of Maharashtra have also called for a shutdown till the month-end. This has severely impacted the box office numbers of late February and March releases, along with a postponement of upcoming releases.
– Angrezi Medium, starring Irrfan Khan, Kareena Kapoor and Radhika Madan, released this Friday to mixed reviews but was lauded for the performances of Irrfan Khan and Deepak Dobriyal. With the abrupt shutdown of theatres in metros due to the coronavirus outbreak in India, the film gathered no steam and director Homi Adajania has no choice but to announce the re-release of the film when “it’s safe” in India.
Director #Homiadajania who directed #irrfankhan starrer #AngreziMedium took to his Instagram to make an announcement about the Re-release of the film as cinema halls shut across India amidst the global outbreak of the novel #coronavirus https://t.co/GEQ6M6PaYC
— Deccan Chronicle (@DeccanChronicle) March 14, 2020
– The release of Rohit Shetty’s much-awaited action thriller Sooryavanshi, starring Katrina Kaif and Akshay Kumar with extended cameos by Ajay Devgn and Ranveer Singh, has been postponed to an unconfirmed date. Predicted to be the biggest blockbuster of the first quarter of 2020, the delay in the release of this film is touted to have a massive impact on other Bollywood releases of the year.
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– The constantly-pushed Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar yet again stays delayed. Directed by Dibakar Banerjee, produced by Yash Raj Films, and starring Parineeti Chopra and Arjun Kapoor, the film was scheduled to release on the 20th of March. This is Parineeti and Arjun’s third collaboration after their 2012 debut Ishaaqzaade and 2018 rom-com Namaste England. You can read more about the film here.
Given the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the country, we have decided to postpone the release of Dibakar Banerjee’s Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar. The health and safety of everyone is of utmost importance at this time.
— Yash Raj Films (@yrf) March 14, 2020
– The release of Rohena Gera’s romance film SIR has also been pushed. The film starred Tillotama Shome and Vivek Gomber in lead roles and was scheduled to release on the 20th of March.
Bearing in mind public health concerns & the advisory from the Health Ministry, we have decided to postpone the release of SIR. We look forward to sharing our film with our home audience in India and will announce an updated release date asap. @RohenaGera @TillotamaShome pic.twitter.com/VbCXPWNapo
— Shiladitya Bora (@ShiladityaBora) March 12, 2020
– While nothing has been announced officially, sources in Bollywood say that the release of Kabir Khan’s sports drama ’83 will also be delayed. The trailer, which was scheduled to launch on the 11th of March, was pushed without notice and is still not out yet. As of now, the film is still scheduled to release on the 10th of April and Bollywood fans are eagerly awaiting news on this film.
– Salman Khan’s filming of Radhe, directed by Prabhu Deva, is currently on hold. The filming was slated to take place in Azerbaijan but the team has decided to stay put. Radhe was to be an Eid release but it is likely to be postponed and after many years, we could be looking at a Bhai-free festival.
– Actor Shahid Kapoor has also announced that he has canceled the filming of his sports drama Jersey in which he plays a failed cricketer. The movie is scheduled to release in August and stands to be pushed.
– The massive release of Southern superstar Mohanlal’s Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham later this month has been postponed. This delay is likely to cause ripples in many Southern film industries and the releases of Tamil films Master and Soorarai Pottru are currently in question.
– Pon Magal Vandhal, which was scheduled for release on the 27th of March, has been postponed indefinitely.
– The prestigious Cannes Film Festival, which sees attendance by Bollywood’s leading ladies every year, has announced that it will announce its decision on the 15th of April, about calling off the festival this year.
– The 63rd San Francisco International Film Festival has canceled its 2020 edition due to the coronavirus.
– The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, which was originally supposed to take place from the 1st to the 5th of April, has been postponed and a new date has not been confirmed yet.
– In India, the IIFA 2020, dubbed as Bollywood Oscars, was scheduled to happen in the last week of March in Madhya Pradesh but has now been postponed to an unconfirmed date.
– For the first time in its history, the Zee Cine Awards took place in Mumbai last weekend in the absence of a ticketed audience. Gully Boy won big awards but had no one to cheer it on, unfortunately.
That’s all we have so far about the delays caused on account of the coronavirus pandemic. Keep coming back to this page for more updates on the postponed movies and their new release dates. Be safe.