With theatres and cinema halls closed due to the pandemic, the makers of Hollywood movies are pushing back the release dates of big-budget movies. While India is taking alternative ways to release films by doing so on OTT platforms, Hollywood seems in no mood to follow the trait.
In a disappointing statement for the fans, Disney announced that the covid-19 pandemic has forced them to indefinitely postpone the release of films like Mulan. The movie which was already postponed twice doesn’t have a date now as opposed to its previous release date of August 21.
The release for the sequel of action movies ‘Avatar’ and ‘Star Wars has also been carried forward to next year.
Postponement of the sci-fi thriller movie, Tenet, has further disappointed theatre owners who were expecting a kick-start to the deserted business field. However, with more and more movie makers announcing their postponed release dates, it seems like summer will witness a halt in its film calendar.
“Over the last few months, it’s become clear that nothing can be set in stone when it comes to how we release films during this global health crisis, and today that means pausing our release plans for Mulan as we assess how we can most effectively bring this film to audiences around the world,” a Walt Disney Studios spokesperson said in a statement.
With this, they added the planned reschedule for the future installments of the action films Star Wars and Avatar which have been pushed back by a year.
Rather than 2021 and 2022, Avatar will now be released late in 2022 (December) and Star Wars’ tenth sequel is seeing a release date of December 2023.
The following installments of Avatar will be shockingly released in 2024, 2026 and 2028 with Star Wars in 2025 and 2027.
Avatar director, screenwriter and co-producer James Cameron took to Twitter and blamed the pandemic for playing a major part in the delay of live-action filming in New Zealand. Moreover, the special effects scheduled work in Los Angeles, which hasn’t even started yet, had to called off for now, resulting in the postponement of its release.
Many Marvel films, including Black Widow, were delayed in April due to coronavirus. This is now scheduled for a release on November 6th, if things go well. This forced Disney to delay the other movies in its kit.
Soul, Pixar’s new animated film under Disney’s franchise is planned to come out on November 20th, soon after Black Window.
Disney has also postponed, to an unspecified date, The French Dispatch by director Wes Anderson, which was previously set to debut on October 16.
With the coronavirus affecting the day-t0-day activities of every single person in the world, it is showing its harsh effects on the film-industry business as well.