No Time To Die has release date delayed again
It has been pushed back several times due to the pandemic
Last updated 22nd Jan 2021
As cinemas stay closed and pandemic case numbers continue their seesaw shift, the outlook for movie releases on big screens is still grim. Universal and Sony, two of the biggest studios in the business have just pushed a batch of their films back down the schedule, including No Time To Die and Edgar Wright's Last Night In Soho.
Universal, which is releasing both of those movies, has announced a slew of changes to its 2021 release plans, with Nobody, starring Bob Odenkirk is moving from 26 February to 2 April.
That's the date that had been set aside for No Time To Die, the latest Bond film, which is shifting yet again, to 8th October, as outlined on the poster below, which should probably just put "?" on the date for now.
Last Night In Soho, Wright's psychological horror film, had been sitting in an April 23, but that will now head for 22 October.
Sony, meanwhile, is pushing its live-action Cinderella musical from February to 16 July, while Peter Rabbit 2 is moving to June 11. Ghostbusters: Afterlife will now finally arrive (fingers and toes crossed) on 11 November.
Not mentioned yet is Morbius, which is now in competition with the Bond film, will likely skedaddle before too long.
Scroll through to see which film releases have been pushed back:
No Time To Die
No Time To Die was supposed to be released on 10th April, and was the first major film release to be pushed back due to the Coronavirus. Releasing a statement on Twitter, film bosses explained, '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.'
However in October, it was later revealed the film would now be put back until April 2021. In January 2021, the film was confirmed to have a release date of October 2021.
Disney's live-action remake of Mulan was due for release on 27th March, but was instead released on Disney+ for a premium fee. The film skipped a theatrical release so that it could be streamed online, but may yet see a showing in cinemas later down the line.
A Quiet Place: Part II
Director John Krasinski confirmed on 12th March 2020 that the sequel to his critically acclaimed film would not be released on 19th March as planned. He wrote on his social media pages, 'To all our A Quiet Place fans, one of the things I'm most proud of is that people have said our movie is one you have to see all together. Well due to the ever-changing circumstances of what's going on in the world around us, now is clearly not the right time to do that.
'As insanely excited as we are for all of you to see this movie... I'm gonna wait to release the film til we CAN all see it together! So here's to our group movie date! See you soon! #AQuiet Place Part 2...Take 2. JK.'
Film bosses also released a statement which read, 'After much consideration, and in light of the ongoing and developing situation concerning Coronavirus and restrictions on global travel and public gatherings, Paramount Pictures will be moving the worldwide release of A Quiet Place Part II. We believe in and support the theatrical experience, and we look forward to bringing this film to audiences this year once we have a better understanding of the impact of this pandemic on the global theatrical marketplace.'
Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway
James Corden's iteration of the mischievous little rabbit has seen the sequel pushed back due to the virus. It was originally set to be released on 2nd April, but was pushed back to 7th August, and now 12th February 2021.
The ninth film in the Fast & Furious franchise has been pushed back from its original release date of May 2020 to 2nd April 2021, and now 28th May 2021. A statement from film bosses read, 'To our family of Fast fans everywhere, we feel all the love and the anticipation you have for the next chapter in our saga. That's why it's especially tough to let you know that we have to move the release date of the film. It's become clear that it won't be possible for all of our fans around the world to see the film this May.'
The rom-com starring comedians Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani was slated for release on 3rd April, but was then sold to Netflix and released on the platform in May 2020. Paramount Pictures wrote, 'After much consideration, and in light of the ongoing and developing situation concerning coronavirus and restrictions on global travel and public gatherings, Paramount Pictures will be moving the release of The Lovebirds. We look forward to bringing this film to audiences once we have a better understanding of the impact of this pandemic on the global marketplace.'
Produced by Guillermo Del Toro, the horror film starring Keri Russell and Jesse Plemons was set to be released on 17th April, and a new release date has been confirmed for 29th October 2021.
The Scarlett Johansson-led Marvel film was due to be released in May 2020, but Disney made the decision to put it back to 7th May 2021.
Sony announced on 30th March that they had decided to push back the release of their Ghostbusters sequel starring Paul Rudd and Stranger Things' Finn Wolfhard. It had been moved from 10th July 2020 to 5th March 2021, and has now been moved to 11th November 2021. The film will also feature original cast members Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver and Dan Aykroyd.
Jared Leto is starring in Morbius, a film about a biochemist who becomes a vampire. It's a spin-off to Tom Hardy's Venom film and also has connections with Tom Holland's Spider-Man franchise. It was set to be released on 31st July 2020, was pushed back to 19th March 2021 and now has a release date of 21st January 2022.
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