Coronavirus movie delays: New release dates for 2020 and 2021 blockbusters

Coronavirus movie delays: New release dates for 2020 and 2021 blockbusters

When the latest James Bond premiere was called off because of the coronavirus outbreak, it came as a shock. But that was just the first in a cascade of movie blockbusters being canceled or postponed, causing a reshuffle of the release schedule throughout 2020 and into 2021.

Delays have hit big movies including Wonder Woman 1984, Marvel's Black Widow, James Bond thriller No Time to Die, Mulan, F9 and A Quiet Place Part 2. Some big films have been canceled indefinitely while others, like Tom Hanks' Greyhound, have changed course for streaming services instead. We've laid out the revised box office calendar to show when (or if) they're coming to a movie theater near you.

The health and well-being of people and families around the world remains the most important thing, but these movie cancellations affect more than just the balance sheets of major studios. Movie theater closures are just one sign of the disruption the coronavirus is wreaking upon people and businesses around the world. You can stream a bunch of recent releases early, but a return to the movies will signal a return to normality when we come out the other side of this strange time.

Greyhound (Streaming July 10)

Tom Hanks stars in and directs this World War II epic about a convoy of ships battling U-boats.  Apple TV Plus announced May 19 that it will premiere Greyhound on the streaming service, making this one of the first major movies to skip theaters entirely. It's a coup for Apple's streaming service, which has created plenty of original content but still has some catching up to do against Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.  

Tenet (Aug. 12)

Warner Bros and Christopher Nolan's time-twisting thriller Tenet held its nerve and stuck to its planned date much longer than any of the other major summer releases. Then in mid-June the release date was pushed back by 2 weeks, from July 17 to July 31, before shifting again to August 12. Even if theaters are open by then, audiences may be wary of gathering. 

Mulan (Aug. 21)

Disney's live-action Mulan reboot has been something of a canary in a coalmine for spring and summer movies, as it's been nudged incrementally up the calendar. It was first postponed in March, less than two weeks before it was supposed to open -- late enough that some viewers and critics saw the film at preview screenings and called the new Mulan "majestic" and "thrilling." Disney reshuffled its entire slate on April 3, moving Mulan to late July. But as June came to an end and the theater industry still isn't up and running, Disney opted to push it another month to late August.

Original release date: March 27, 2020

The One and Only Ivan (Streaming Aug. 21)

As the movie theaters pile up with blockbusters, Disney has moved some of its films from the theatrical schedule straight to streaming service Disney Plus. You can watch Artemis Fowl online now, and The One and Only Ivan skips the box office to stream in August.  

Bill and Ted Face the Music (Aug. 28)

Original release date: August 21

The New Mutants (Aug. 28)

Easily one of the most troubled movies ever to limp into production, X-Men spinoff The New Mutants was originally slated to be released in 2018, and had already been moved twice when Disney's acquisition of Fox set it back yet again. That made the fourth postponement for the teen-centric comic book chiller starring Anya Taylor-Joy and Maisie Williams, before a late August release date was booked in. Honestly, at this point we'll believe it when we see it. 

Original release date: April 2020

Monster Hunter (Sept. 4)

Original release date: Unchanged

The King's Man (Sept. 18)

Original release date: Unchanged

Candyman (Sept. 25)

This horror remake directed by Nia DaCosta and written by Jordan Peele has been pushed to September.

Original release date: June 12, 2020

Wonder Woman 1984 (Oct. 2)

Warner Bros held out until March 24 before announcing that Wonder Woman 2 would be delayed, but as with most other blockbusters postponed it was clear the DC comics sequel would have to move from its planned June release date. Where many big movies moved much later in the year or were taken off the slate entirely, Wonder Woman 1984 originally committed to hitting theaters on Aug. 14 -- which proved optimistic, and in mid-June was shifted to October instead.   

Original release date: June 2020

Bios (Oct. 2)

Original release date: Unchanged

The French Dispatch (Oct. 16)

Wes Anderson returns with more idiosyncratic art-housery in The French Dispatch, starring Timothée Chalamet, Bill Murray, Saoirse Ronan, Tilda Swinton and Frances McDormand.

Original release date: July

Halloween Kills (Oct. 16)

Original release date: Unchanged

Black Widow (Nov. 6)

Originally scheduled for May 1, Marvel's Black Widow has been pushed back to Nov. 6. In March, Disney initially postponed the film to an unspecified date, then on April 3 confirmed Black Widow would debut this winter in a reshuffle of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe -- including Captain Marvel, Thor, Black Panther and Doctor Strange sequels due over the next couple of years.

Original release date: May 1, 2020

Red Notice (Nov. 13)

Original release date: Unchanged

No Time to Die (Nov. 20)

Daniel Craig's final outing as 007, directed by Cary Fukunaga and co-written by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, was the first major movie to delay release. No Time to Die had already lost its original director and changed its release date twice, but producers feared the closure of many theaters around the globe due to coronavirus would harm box office takings in lucrative international markets. The delay was announced March 4, a week before the World Health Organization declared a pandemic. It will now open in the UK on Nov. 12 and the US on Nov. 20 (slightly earlier than earlier announced).

Original release date: April 2020

Soul (Nov. 20)

Pixar takes you on a jazz odyssey for this musical animation, which stuck to its planned early summer release date for a while. Disney has so many films in the schedule it wasn't clear when there'd be a new slot for Soul should theaters remain closed, but it's now been moved to November.  

Raya and the Last Dragon (Nov. 25)

Original release date: Unchanged

Free Guy (Dec. 11)

Video game-themed action comedy starring Ryan Reynolds was slated for summer but will now open nearer the end of the year.

Original release date: July 3, 2020

West Side Story (Dec. 18)

Original release date: Unchanged

Coming 2 America (Dec. 18)

Original release date: Unchanged

Dune (Dec. 18)

Original release date: Unchanged

Top Gun: Maverick (Dec. 23)

In April, the high-flying Tom Cruise sequel was pushed from June to December. We've waited over 30 years for a sequel to the original 1986 Top Gun, so what's a few more months?

Eternals (Feb. 12, 2021)

Marvel's otherworldly ensemble was intended to open in November, but was bumped into the new year to make way for Black Widow.

Original release date: Nov 6, 2020 

Without Remorse (Feb. 26, 2021)

Michael B Jordan stars in this Tom Clancy adaptation, which has been remorselessly shuffled back to 2021.

Original release date: September 18, 2020

Ghostbusters: Afterlife (March 5, 2021)

On March 31, Sony took the decision to shift its entire slate of theatrical releases. So Jason Reitman's small town-set Ghostbusters resurrection is pushed from July 2020 to March 5, 2021, taking Sony's slot that was originally intended for video game adaptation Uncharted. 

Original release date: July 10, 2020

The Many Saints of Newark (March 12, 2021)

The Many Saints of Newark is a '60s-set prequel to classic TV series The Sopranos, in which Michael Gandolfini takes on the role of Tony Soprano made famous by his father James Gandolfini.

Original release date: Sep. 25, 2020

Morbius (March 19, 2021)

As part of Sony's big reshuffle, Jared Leto's Marvel vampire movie Morbius has been pushed from July to mid-March next year.

Original release date: July 31, 2020

F9 (April 2, 2021)

Starring Vin Diesel, John Cena and Charlize Theron, the ninth Fast and Furious film was due to open in May 2020. But it was one of the first to reshedule, taking the bold step of moving nearly a year to April 2021 -- a date previously earmarked for the next film in the Fast Saga. There's no word yet on when the 10th and final film will be released.

Original release date: May 2020

Shang-Chi and the Ten Rings (May 7, 2021)

Marvel's martial arts action movie starring Simu Liu as mystical fighter Shang-Chi was also reshuffled by Disney.

Release date: February 2021

Godzilla vs Kong (May 21, 2021)

The monster-mashing sequel had played around with its release date before the pandemic even happened, and in June Warner Bros. moved it again to avoid a pileup of new releases in November.  

Jungle Cruise (July 30, 2021)

Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson take a cruise in the jungle, postponed by Disney a whole year.

Original release date: July, 2020

Uncharted (Oct. 8, 2021)

The coronavirus isn't just affecting the films that are supposed to come out in these troubled times: It's also disrupted the films that are in production. Uncharted, starring Tom Holland, was the first of next year's blockbusters to be officially moved.

Original release date: March 5, 2021

The Batman (Oct. 1, 2021)

Robert Pattinson dons the batsuit for this delayed DC adventure.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (Nov. 5, 2021)

Fans of Doctor Strange, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, will have to wait before entering the Multiverse of Madness thanks to Marvel's reshuffle.

Original release date: May 2021

Elvis Presley biopic (Nov. 5, 2021)

Baz Luhrmann's Elvis tribute became a high-profile casualty of the pandemic when Tom Hanks, who appears in the film as Colonel Tom Parker, contracted the coronavirus. He and his wife, Rita Wilson, have now recovered, and the film will be delayed only a month.

Minions: The Rise of Gru (unspecified)

Animated sequel/spinoff Minions: The Rise of Gru is postponed indefinitely, so we don't yet know when (or even if) it'll hit theaters. It was set to be released in the US on July 3, so the postponement announced on March 19 was the first sign the pandemic would disrupt the summer season.

Original release date: July 3, 2020

A Quiet Place Part II (unspecified)

John Krasinski directs Emily Blunt and Cillian Murphy in A Quiet Place 2, a post-apocalyptic tale of a world in which noise equals death. The near-silent sequel was due to open on March 20, but with barely a week to go Paramount announced it was postponing the release to an unspecified date later in the year. Seeing the chilling first movie in a packed theater was an important part of the experience, partly because of the tension of trying to eat your snacks very, very quietly.

Original release date: March 2020