The coronavirus pandemic has brought most of the country to a standstill, forcing the entertainment industry to plan for an uncertain future. Theaters across the United States have ceased operations in an effort to adhere to guidelines for social distancing and self-isolating as to help mitigate the spread of the virus. Without a concrete date of reopening on the horizon, studios have undergone a series of adjustments to their release calendars.
In early March, the 25th James Bond film “No Time to Die” became one of the first major releases to be delayed. Originally set to hit theaters this Friday, the film is now coming out in November. Since then, studios have continued to adjust their calendars for various releases, some as far ahead as 2022.
Many of this year’s summer slate, including films such as “Minions: The Rise of Gru,” “F9” and “Morbius,” have been pushed to 2021. The delay of “Black Widow” has triggered a domino-effect on Marvel Studios’ upcoming slate, with “Black Widow” replacing “The Eternals” on its November release date, “The Eternals” replacing “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” on its Feb. 2021 release date, and so on.
The pandemic has also pushed studios to move content to streaming platforms and video-on-demand services. Many films released in theaters during the first three months of the year, such as “Sonic the Hedgehog,” “The Invisible Man” and “Birds of Prey,” have become available for digital rentals and purchases far earlier than originally anticipated. Meanwhile, some upcoming releases are now forgoing theatrical runs entirely. Paramount has made a deal with Netflix to release its romantic comedy “The Lovebirds” on the streaming service, while Disney has set “Artemis Fowl” to debut on Disney Plus.
Here’s a list of every film release that’s been affected by the coronavirus pandemic so far.
“American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story”
The sports biopic has been moved from Dec. 18 to Dec. 10, 2021.
Disney has pulled the upcoming horror film from its April 7 release date. Set to be released under the Searchlight Pictures banner, no new plans have been announced.
Lionsgate’s Janelle Monáe-starring horror drama about a black woman who time travels to the era of American slavery has been pulled from its April 24 release date. It is now set to debut on Aug. 21.
The hidden-camera comedy starring Eric Andre was set to release on April 17, but Netflix has since acquired the worldwide rights from MGM’s Orion Pictures. No new release date has been announced yet. It was scheduled to premiere at SXSW on March 14 until the festival announced its cancellation due to the pandemic.
“Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar”
The Kristen Wiig-starring comedy has been pushed back nearly a year. Originally set to release on July 31, it will instead have to wait until July 16, 2021.
Matt Reeves’ reboot of the DC Comics property has halted production in London. It will no longer open on June 25, 2021, but instead on Oct. 1, 2021.
Marvel’s upcoming prequel that finally offers Scarlett Johansson’s Russian spy her own solo adventure was pulled from its May 1 release date by Disney. The film will now take the Nov. 6 release date of Marvel’s “The Eternals,” pushing that film to next year.
The upcoming British comedy was scheduled for a May release, but was quietly delayed to Sept. 4 by StudioCanal.
Paramount’s controversial adaptation of Rapman’s YouTube series about a street war was taken off of its release date of March 20. No future date has been announced.
“Bob’s Burgers: The Movie”
The film based on the Fox animated comedy was initially scheduled to be released on July 17. The film has been delayed until April 9, 2021.
Universal has pushed Nia DaCosta’s remake of the 1992 horror film a few months back. The film was originally set to release on June 12. It will now hit theaters on Sept. 25.
“Captain Marvel 2”
Disney has set a new July 8, 2022 release date for the Marvel sequel.
Focus Features’ horror film has been moved off of its July 24 release date. It will instead aim for a Halloween season release on Oct. 30.
The upcoming comedy premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2019, but it won’t receive its stateside release until July 17. Sony Pictures Classics had originally scheduled a March 27 release date.
The next Sony Pictures Animation release from producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller will bow a month later than originally planned, moving from Sept. 18 to Oct. 23.
“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”
The Marvel sequel’s original release date of May 7, 2021 has since been taken by the delayed “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.” Disney has set a new release date of March 25, 2022.
The Toni Collette-starring comedy-drama premiered at Sundance in January, but won’t make its May 1 release date.
“Dungeons & Dragons”
Paramount’s reboot was scheduled to release on Nov. 19, 2021. It instead will hit theaters Memorial Day weekend on May 27, 2022.
“Escape Room 2”
Sony Pictures’ sequel to its 2019 hit will not make its original Aug. 14 release date. Instead, the film is now scheduled to ring in the New Year on Jan. 1, 2021.
The Marvel film’s original release date of Nov. 6 has since been taken by the delayed “Black Widow.” Disney has set a new release date of Feb. 12, 2021.
Universal has taken the ninth mainline entry in the “Fast and Furious” series off of its original Memorial Day weekend release of May 22. The film is now set to hit theaters on April 2, 2021, nearly a year after the original launch date.
Lionsgate has pushed its thriller to Oct. 30. The movie was originally set to launch on June 19.
The Kevin Hart-led drama, from Sony, is one of the few releases to move earlier on the release calendar amid the current crisis. It will now hit theaters on Oct. 23 instead of Jan. 15, 2021.
After briefly expanding beyond limited release, A24 has pulled Kelly Reichardt’s western from theaters to relaunch at a later date.
Warner Bros.’ adaptation of the DC Comics property will debut a month earlier than originally planned, moving from July 1 to a June 3 release date.
The Ryan Reynolds-starring action-comedy will no longer hit theaters on July 3. The film will now release on Dec. 11.
“The French Dispatch”
Wes Anderson’s next film will no longer make its July 24 release date. The film has been pushed back a few months to Oct. 16.
Sony’s sequel to the original “Ghostbusters” duology won’t make its summer release of July 10. The film has been delayed to March 5, 2021.
“The Green Knight”
David Lowery’s medieval fantasy film was scheduled to release on May 29. Now, A24 has delayed the film indefinitely.
Elevation Pictures has decided to postpone its drama about a youth lacrosse team indefinitely. The film was originally set to release on March 20. A new date will be announced at a later time.
“The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard”
The Ryan Reynolds-Samuel L. Jackson buddy comedy sequel has been delayed by nearly a year, moving from Aug. 28 to Aug. 21, 2021.
“In the Heights”
The Warner Bros. adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first Broadway musical has been pulled from its June 26 release date. It has been delayed a year and will now release on June 18, 2021.
The Antoine Fuqua-helmed science-fiction film will no longer debut on Aug. 7. The film has been delayed to May 28, 2021.
“Indiana Jones 5”
The James Mangold-helmed sequel was initially set to release in the summer of 2021. It will now release on July 29, 2022.
“John Wick: Chapter 4”
The next installment in Keanu Reeves’ action franchise has been moved from its May 21, 2021 release to May 22, 2022.
The Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt vehicle will have to wait an extra year before setting sail. Disney has pushed the film from its July 24 release date. The film is now set to hit theaters on July 20, 2021.
Miranda July’s con-artist comedy-drama debuted to strong reviews at Sundance earlier this year. The film has been moved from its original release date of June 19 to Sept. 18.
The Will Smith-starring drama has been pushed back a year. Instead of releasing on Nov. 25, it will now hit theaters on Nov. 19, 2021.
“Last Night in Soho”
Edgar Wright’s upcoming horror film has had its post-production affected by the pandemic and will no longer make its original Sept. 25 release date. The film will now release on April 23, 2021.
The thriller from “Aquaman” director James Wan has been delayed indefinitely. The film was originally set to release on Aug. 14, but Warner Bros. has bumped the movie to slot in “Wonder Woman 1984.”
“The Many Saints of Newark”
“The Sopranos” prequel was originally dated to release on Sept. 25. It has been delayed to next year and is now set to debut on March 12, 2021.
“Minions: The Rise of Gru”
Illumination announced that its animators would not be able to complete the upcoming “Despicable Me” spinoff in time for its late June and early July launch due to France’s lockdown. The film will now release on July 2, 2021.
“Mission: Impossible 7” and “Mission: Impossible 8”
Production of the next two entries in Tom Cruise’s action franchise was halted earlier this spring. Now, both sequels have been delayed a few months. “M:I 7” will now release on Nov. 19, 2021 instead of July 23, 2021. “M:I 8” will open on Nov. 4, 2022, instead of Aug. 5, 2022.
Sony’s Marvel movie with Jared Leto has been pushed back from its summer release of July 10. It will now release on the big screen on March 19, 2021.
Disney pulled its live-action remake of its 1998 animated film from its March 27 release date. The film is now slated to hit theaters on July 24.
“The New Mutants”
Set to hit theaters on April 3, the X-Men horror spinoff has been delayed until Aug. 28. Astonishingly, this is the fourth time that the film has been pushed back over the course of two years. The first release window for the movie was April 2018.
Dakota and Elle Fanning’s upcoming movie has been pushed to Dec. 22, 2021. The production had to be halted in March because of the pandemic.
“No Time to Die”
The 25th entry in the James Bond franchise was one of the first high-profile films to shift its release in response to the pandemic. Originally set to launch on April 10, Daniel Craig’s swan song as 007 will now launch on Thanksgiving weekend.
Universal Pictures has postponed “Nobody,” an action thriller starring Bob Odenkirk, from Aug. 14, 2020, to Feb. 26, 2021.
“The Painted Bird”
IFC Films has delayed the release of the black-and-white adaptation of Jerzy Kosinski’s novel of the same name until the summer, when it will hit theaters and video on demand at the same time.
“The Personal History of David Copperfield”
Disney pulled Armando Iannucci’s reimagining of Charles Dickens’ famous novel from its May 8 release. The Searchlight film has no new date set.
“Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway”
Originally set for a fitting Easter release of April 3, Sony Pictures’ sequel to the 2018 family film had been delayed to Aug. 7. The film has now been delayed a second time and is set to release on Jan. 15, 2021.
Tina Gordon’s musical about a youth choir competition will no longer hit theaters on Sept. 25. Universal has yet to announce a new date.
“Promising Young Woman”
The Carey Mulligan drama has been pulled from Focus Features’ release calendar. Originally set to release on April 17, the film is now delayed indefinitely.
“A Quiet Place Part II”
John Krasinski took to social media to announce that the sequel to his 2018 post-apocalyptic horror hit would be pulled from its March 20 release date. Paramount later announced it would release the thriller in theaters on Sep. 4.
“Raya and the Last Dragon”
Disney’s upcoming animated fantasy was originally set to hit theaters on Nov. 25, but Pixar’s “Soul” has been pushed to its slot. Now, “Raya” will release on March 12, 2021.
Lisa Joy’s science-fiction movie is now set to release on April 16, 2021.
Lionsgate’s horror-thriller has been delayed indefinitely. The film was scheduled to be released on May 8, after being previously scheduled for Jan. 24.
A24 has pulled the upcoming horror movie from its Easter weekend release of April 10. No new date has been announced.
“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”
The Marvel film’s original release date of Feb. 12, 2021 has since been taken by the delayed “The Eternals.” Disney has set a new release date of May 7, 2021.
The superhero sequel was dated to debut on April 1, 2022. It has since been rescheduled for Nov. 4 of that year.
Originally set to release on July 2, 2021, Illumination Entertainment’s other upcoming film “Minions: The Rise of Gru” has been delayed to take that slot. “Sing 2” will now release on Dec. 22, 2021.
The upcoming Pixar release has been delayed to Nov. 20. The film was set to open in theaters on June 19.
The Mark Tonderai-directed horror thriller was scheduled to release on Aug. 28. Paramount has delayed the film indefinitely.
“Spiral: From the Book of Saw”
Chris Rock’s reimagining of the “Saw” franchise has been delayed by a year. The horror film was originally set to hit theaters on May 15, but will now be released on May 21, 2021.
“The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run”
The third feature film adaptation of the popular Nickelodeon cartoon will no longer make its May 22 release date. Paramount has delayed the film two months, setting a new launch for Aug. 7.
“Thor: Love and Thunder”
The Marvel sequel’s original release date of Nov. 5, 2021 has since been taken by the delayed “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.” Disney has set a new release date of Feb. 11, 2022.
“The Tomorrow War”
Chris Pratt’s science-fiction war film was set to hit theaters on Christmas Day. Paramount has now scheduled its release for July 23, 2021.
After 34 years, Tom Cruise’s return to the cockpit will have to wait a few months longer. Paramount has delayed the movie from its June 24 release date. The sequel is now set for a holiday launch of December 23.
IFC Films announced that director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s first film in the English language has been pulled from its March 20 release date. The film is now set to release in theaters on July 3.
Sony’s upcoming adaptation of the popular video game series has been pushed back from March 5, 2021 to Oct. 8, 2021.
Untitled Elvis Presley Biopic
Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming biopic halted production when cast member Tom Hanks tested positive for the coronavirus in March. The movie has now been pushed back a month from its Oct. 1, 2021 release date and is now set to debut on Nov. 5, 2021.
Untitled Fred Hampton Project
Shaka King’s movie about the Black Panther party member is now undated. It was set to release on Aug. 21.
Untitled M. Night Shyamalan Project
The director behind “Split” and “Glass” was set to release a new film on Feb. 26, 2021. Universal has delayed the film indefinitely.
Untitled Sony/Marvel Project
Sony Pictures was set to release another film using characters from Marvel comics on October 8, 2021. The film has now been delayed indefinitely.
Untitled “Spider-Man: Far From Home” Sequel
Audiences will have to wait a few extra months to see Tom Holland suit up as the web-slinger again, as Sony has pushed the movie from July 16, 2021 to November 5, 2021.
Untitled “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” Sequel
Sony’s follow-up to its Oscar winner for best animated feature will have to spend a bit more time in the oven. The film was delayed by six months, moving from April 8, 2022, to Oct. 7, 2022.
“Venom: Let There Be Carnage”
Sony’s sequel to its 2018 “Spider-Man” spinoff will no longer make its Oct. 2 release date. The movie has been delayed to June 25, 2021.
The long-awaited adaptation of the hit Broadway musical was set to hit theaters during the Christmas weekend of 2021. The film has now been delayed indefinitely.
“Woman in the Window”
The Amy Adams vehicle has been moved off of its May 15 release date by Disney. The final film to be released under the Fox 2000 label no new announced release date.
“Wonder Woman 1984”
Gal Gadot’s second solo venture as the DC Comics heroine will no longer make its June 5 release date. The film has been delayed to Aug. 14.
Movies Released Early on Video On Demand and Digital
Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of the young adult books series was set to hit theaters on May 29. The film will instead debut on Disney Plus, making it the studio’s first film to skip its theatrical release entirely due to the pandemic.
“Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)”
Warner Bros. will release the spinoff of 2016’s “Suicide Squad” on video on demand and digital services for purchase on March 24, much earlier than originally anticipated. The movie will become available for rental sometime in April.
The latest Vin Diesel action movie launched in theaters last weekend to a dismal $9.3 million. With theaters now closing, the film will become available to purchase on demand on March 24 at the price of $19.99.
“Brahms: The Boy II”
STXfilms and Lakeshore Entertainment will make the horror sequel available for purchase on video on demand and online markets for $9.99 on April 3.
Focus Features’ adaptation of Jane Austen’s famous novel will come to on-demand services early on March 20. The film had launched in limited release on Feb. 21 and expanded on March 6.
Disney Plus has added the sequel to its library three months earlier than originally planned.
Sony’s war film, starring Tom Hanks, had been taken off of its planned June 12 release date. Apple TV Plus has since bought the rights to the film. The streamer has not yet announced a release date.
“The High Note”
Focus Features will release the Dakota Johnson-starring drama on video-on-demand and digital platforms for $19.99 on May 29.
The drama — starring Annette Bening, Josh O’Connor and Bill Nighy — opened in limited release on March 5, but had its planned expansion canceled due to theater closures. The movie will become available on digital and video on demand on May 8, four weeks earlier than originally anticipated.
The Liev Schreiber-starring drama was originally set for a simultaneous limited theatrical release and a launch on video on demand on March 20. The theatrical rollout has since been scrapped by Vertical Entertainment.
After being delayed from its original release of Sept. 27 due to controversy, Blumhouse’s horror film opened to $5.3 million last weekend. With theaters now closing across the country, Universal will release the film to on demand services on March 20 as a 48-hour rental for the price of $19.99.
Jon Stewart’s sophomore directing effort was set to hit theaters on May 29, but will now debut on video-on-demand as a $19.99 48-hour rental.
“I Still Believe”
After debuting to $9.1 million last weekend, Lionsgate’s faith-based romance will make its way onto video on demand platforms on March 27.
“The Invisible Man”
Though Blumhouse’s reimagining of the classic Universal property was benefiting from good word of mouth since its release on Feb. 28, the closure of theaters has brought the movie to on demand services early. It will be available to rent for 48 hours at a price of $19.99 on March 20.
The Jamie Foxx and Michael B. Jordan-starring legal drama will arrive on video-on-demand on March 24, ahead of its anticipated release. It is already available to purchase on digital markets.
“The King of Staten Island”
Judd Apatow’s comedy starring Pete Davidson will forgo a theatrical release entirely. The film, loosely based on Davidson’s life, will premiere on home entertainment on June 12, one week before it was scheduled to hit theaters.
Paramount’s “The Lovebirds,” a romantic comedy starring Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani, was pulled from its April 3 release date. The film was also set to premiere at SXSW until the festival was also canceled due to the pandemic. Paramount has decided that the film will now skip its theatrical run entirely, instead electing to debut it on Netflix. The movie will launch on the streaming service on May 22.
STX has elected to skip a theatrical run entirely for the long-delayed Dave Bautista family film. The movie will now debut exclusively on Amazon Prime, though a date hasn’t been announced.
“Never Rarely Sometimes Always”
After opening in theaters March 13, Eliza Hittman’s drama film from Focus Features will be released early on demand on April 3.
Disney and Pixar’s “Onward” will be available to buy digitally and on Movies Anywhere for $19.99 beginning on March 20 at 5 p.m. PT. It hits Disney Plus on April 3 in the U.S.
Warner Bros. has elected to forgo a theatrical run for its reimagining of “Scooby-Doo.” The film will release on video-on-demand services on May 15. It will be available to rent for $19.99 and to purchase for $24.99.
“Sonic the Hedgehog”
Paramount Pictures is giving “Sonic the Hedgehog” an early release on digital. The family-friendly action-adventure will be available on March 31 — 46 days after its initial launch in theaters.
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”
The final entry in the Skywalker saga hit digital services on March 13, a few days before its original release date of March 17.
“Trolls: World Tour”
DreamWorks Animation’s sequel to its 2016 hit was originally set to hit theaters on April 10 in the U.S. Now, the film will launch on video on demand platforms as a 48-hour rental priced at $19.99.
“The Way Back”
After two weeks in wide release, Warner Bros. has decided that the Ben Affleck-starring drama will go to video on demand and digital services on March 24 with a $19.99 price.