Movies Delayed Due to COVID: When Are They Releasing Now?

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With the current state of the world, the coronavirus pandemic does not seem to be going away any time soon. Movie productions and theatres are all closed, and tentpole films have been shifted – some a few months, some indefinitely – to contain the spread of the deadly virus. And the destruction of the unseen enemy does not seem to be slowing down. Currently, according to latest reports by WHO, there are 10,902,637 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (as of 4 July).

Along with delays, many movies have opted for online release (or early digital release), including Artemis Fowl, Trolls: World Tour, You Should Have Left, Scoob!, Endings, Beginnings, The Lovebirds, The Hunt, The Invisible Man, Greyhound and others.

MoviePrevious Release DateNew Release Date
A Quiet Place Part IIMarch 8, 2020September 4, 2020
AntebellumApril 24, 2020August 20, 2020
BiosOctober 2, 2020April 16, 2021
Black WidowMay 11, 2020November 6, 2020.
CandymanJune 12, 2020September 25, 2020
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of MadnessMay 7, 2021March 25, 2022
Dungeons & DragonsNovember 19, 2021May 27, 2022
Elvis Presley biopicOctober 1, 2021November 5, 2021
Escape Room 2August 14, 2020January 1, 2021
F9May 22, 2020April 2, 2021
Ghostbusters: AfterlifeJuly 10, 2020March 5, 2021
Godzilla vs. KongNovember 20, 2020May 21, 2021
GreenlandJuly 31, 2020August 14, 2020
Jungle CruiseJuly 24, 2020July 30, 2021
King RichardsNovember 21, 2020November 25, 2021
Last Night in SohoSeptember 25, 2020April 23, 2021
Minions: Rise of GruJuly 3, 2020July 2, 2021
Mission: Impossible 7July 23, 2021November 19, 2021
Mission: Impossible 8August 5, 2022November 4, 2022
MorbiusJuly 31, 2020March 19, 2021
MulanMarch 27, 2020August 21, 2020
No Time to DieApril 10, 2020November 20, 2020
Peter Rabbit 2: The RunawayAugust 7, 2020January 15, 2021
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten RingsFebruary 21, 2021May 7, 2021
Shazam! 2April 1, 2022November 4, 2022
SoulJune 19, 2020November 20, 2020
Spiral: From the Book of SawMay 15, 2020May 20, 2021
TenetJuly 17, 2020August 12, 2020
The BatmanJune 25, 2021October 1, 2021
The EternalsNovember 6, 2020February 12, 2021
The FlashJuly 1, 2022June 3, 2022
The French DispatchJuly 24, 2020October 16, 2020
The Matrix 4May 21, 2021April 1, 2022
The New MutantsApril 3, 2020August 28, 2020
The NightingaleDecember 25, 2020December 22, 2021
Thor: Love and ThunderNovember 5, 2021February 18, 2022
Tom & JerryDecember 23, 2020March 5, 2021
Top Gun: MaverickJune 24, 2020December 23, 2020
UnchartedMarch 5, 2021August 8, 2021
UnhingedJuly 1, 2020July 10, 2020
Untitled Spider-Man: Far From Home SequelJuly 16, 2021November 5, 2021
Untitled Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse SequelApril 8, 2022October 7, 2022.
Venom: Let There Be CarnageOctober 2, 2020June 25, 2021

On top of delays, there are few movies that are yet to receive a release date, as of now. These include: Antlers, The Forever Purge, The Artist’s Wife, The Climb, Deerskin, Malignant, The Personal History of David Copperfield, Praise This, Run.

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However, most theatres around the world are yet to fully go into business. Here is a list of countries and when they will potentially start opening theatres (tentative dates) or have already opened up theatres:

United States: Theatres are reopening on a state-by-state basis. Georgia theatres decided to open their doors from April 27, while Texas joined them from May 1. California started from June 12.
UK: England has decided to get into the theatre business from July 4, while Scotland’s starting from July 15. Wales and Northern Ireland are yet to come to a decision.
South Korea: April 29.
Spain: Theatres started opening up from May 25 – June 8. However, any plan have to be approved by the particular province.
Russia: July 15.
Portugal: June 1.
Italy: June 15 (limited to 200 people).
Hong Kong: May 8.
Germany: May 15 – June 30.
France; June 22.
China: TBA.

Apart from these titles, Bollywood has also not been simply sitting back. A host of movies are releasing directly to Disney+ Hotstar including Laxxmi Bomb, Sadak 2, Bhuj: The Pride of India, The Big Bull, Dil Bechara, Lootcase and Khuda Haafiz. A host of other movies have also already received their OTT releases, including Gulabo Sitabo, Penguin and Sufiyum Sujatayum.

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