New movie calendar for 2020 and 2021 following coronavirus delays – CNET

2020 movies

2020 has been a strange year. As the coronavirus pandemic swept the world, the year's movie blockbusters got swept aside in a cascade of postponements and cancellations. We've rounded up the new 2020 and 2021 movie release dates to give you something to look to forward to.

James Bond may have been delayed, but he'll be back in action later in the year, along with many superheroes. This year, women lead the way in Black Widow, Wonder Woman 1984 and Birds of Prey.

There are lots more sequels still to come, some of which were already long-awaited even before the year's delays -- whether it's Top Gun, Bad Boys or Bill and Ted, nostalgia is big at the box office this year.

There's also a Sopranos prequel and a new version of Dune, while Christopher Nolan, Edgar Wright and Steven Spielberg bring us new films too. Click through the gallery to check out the movies coming up in 2020 -- and beyond.

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Coronavirus chronicles: Here’s some good news amid the dire reports – CNET


Coronavirus is affecting people across the world, but there are many reasons to be hopeful.

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For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website.

Right now the coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19 are all anyone can talk about. You're not alone if you feel overwhelmed or find yourself focusing on worst-case scenarios. So let's take a second, breathe deep and look at some of the positive things going on in these strange times.

Keep in mind that the pandemic is far from over and you should continue to play your part to look after yourself and others. Here's how to protect yourself from coronavirus, how to prepare for quarantine and how to keep your spirits up. Remember, there are many reasons not to sink into worry or fear. We'll keep updating this page with encouraging, reassuring and uplifting news. 

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We know how to slow the spread

Follow the advice of your local authority to minimize your chances of getting or spreading the virus, in particular by washing your hands regularly, not touching your face and avoiding non-essential trips out of your home.

More countries are containing the spread

Many countries around the world are in the midst of coronavirus outbreaks, and if you live in any of these places you should continue to follow the guidelines. The results are reassuring: In countries that have acted fast and taken social distancing seriously, the spread of the virus has been dramatically slowed or even contained.

  • China is reporting a drastic reduction in new cases, although this was achieved using extensive lockdown measures.
  • Singapore managed to contain the spread of the virus by acting fast, without imposing the draconian measures seen in China.
  • Hong Kong and Taiwan were able to tackle the virus thanks to their experience with SARS in 2002, teaching the world valuable lessons about investing time and resources into dealing with an outbreak.

Even when things seem bleak, people are helping each other.

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We're working on a cure

Scientists around the world are looking for a coronavirus vaccine. It's essential not to rush this process, and it will take months or even years to develop the vaccine and make sure it's safe. But the work has begun and some promising avenues have already been identified.

  • Researchers have a head start as the SARS-CoV-2 pathogen is similar to coronaviruses we've encountered before, including the SARS virus that struck in 2002.
  • Clinical trials of potential vaccines are underway in China, testing methods of stimulating our immune system to fight the virus.
  • The first US clinical trials for a potential vaccine have begun in Seattle. Biotech company Moderna has taken a piece of the genetic code for the pathogen's S protein -- the part that's present in other coronaviruses, like SARS -- and fused it with fatty nanoparticles which can be injected into the body.
  • Imperial College London is designing a similar vaccine using coronavirus RNA, its genetic code.
  • Pennsylvania biotech company Inovio is generating strands of DNA it hopes will stimulate an immune response. 
  • Johnson & Johnson and French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi are both working with the US Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority to develop vaccines. Sanofi's plan is to mix coronavirus DNA with genetic material from a harmless virus, while Johnson & Johnson will attempt to deactivate SARS-CoV-2 and switch off its ability to cause illness.
  • In the meantime, existing antiviral drugs may have an effect on the new coronavirus, such as remdesivir or the anti-flu drug favipiravir.
  • Formula 1 racing engineers at Mercedes have joined forces with University College London to develop a breathing device that can be used instead of taking patients to intensive care and placing them on a ventilator.

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People do recover

Around the world, many are recovering from the infection. Often this is thanks to the hard work of medical staff and the people who support them.

  • Doctors in India have reported success in treating infected patients with a mixture of drugs usually used to tackle HIV, swine flu and malaria.
  • In China and Japan, doctors have had promising results using blood plasma from people who have recovered from COVID-19 to treat newly infected patients. This well-established medical technique could even be used to boost the immunity of people who are at risk of catching the disease. 
  • Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson returned home to the US from Australia in late March after recovering from coronavirus.
  • 102-year-old Italica Grondona recovered from the virus in Italy, while a 103-year-old Chinese woman is reported to have recovered as she had no major underlying health conditions.
  • Vint Cerf, who is 76, tweeted on April 3: "Good news - VA Public Health has certified my wife and me as no longer contagious with COVID19. Recovering!" Cerf, who is known as the "father of the internet," tweeted on March 30 that he had tested positive for the coronavirus and was "recovering." (Note: Cerf's account on Twitter isn't verified, but a CNET staffer who has been following Cerf for years vouched for the account.)

Testing is improving 

Newer, faster tests are also being developed around the world. With all this medical research, we're understanding the virus better and learning how to deal with it.

  • On March 27, the Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization for a new test from Abbott Laboratories that can deliver coronavirus results in as soon as five minutes.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has started testing for antibodies to see if healthy people previously had the coronavirus, The New York Times reported on April 4. The tests could help the agency better understand the virus and its spread, indicating how prevalent the virus has been and whether a significant number of people have had it without actually getting sick, the Times said.  

The environment is getting a break

The slowdown in production, transportation and sales is having a huge impact on the economy and on the finances of workers. But one side effect of the reduction in manufacturing and vehicle traffic is a reduction in pollution. 

  • China's lockdown led to a 25 percent decrease in CO2 emissions when compared with the same period in 2019.
  • Satellite imagery shows startling reductions in air pollution over countries where traffic has been limited.
  • Researcher Marshall Burke from Stanford University calculated that the reduction in emissions in China in January and February could save as many as 77,000 lives. To put that number into context, that's more than 20 times the number of people who died from coronavirus in that time.

Even amid the pandemic, there are small moments of friendship and solidarity. In Jounieh in Lebanon, students used a drone to deliver flowers on Mother's Day. 

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Support is available

As people stay away from work and many businesses close their doors temporarily, we all face uncertainty and stress. Governments have pledged to support citizens and businesses with subsidies, loans, suspensions of tax and rent, and other measures. These are some of the initial measures being taken around the world that may ease your mind, or inspire you to contact your representative to press for more help. 

  • Australia is paying AU$750 (around $445 or £380) to all citizens on a lower income, and offering loans to small and medium-sized businesses.
  • Denmark is subsidizing 75% of workers' salaries. 
  • France has promised no company will be allowed to fail as a result of the pandemic, freezing tax and rent payments for small businesses and expanding the welfare system for workers.
  • Germany has pledged at least 500 billion euros ($550 billion) in loan guarantees. 
  • Italy has promised help for families and one-off 500 euro payments to self-employed people.
  • Spain has announced a 200 billion euro rescue package in loans for small businesses, and is freezing mortgages and utility bills for individuals. 
  • Sweden is subsidizing 90% of workers' salaries if they're affected by coronavirus.
  • The UK is guaranteeing 80% of workers' salaries and providing limited sick pay to those who are self-employed.
  • The US has passed legislation to give $1,200 to most American adults and $500 to most children, as part of a stimulus package that also includes loans to business and local and state governments, funds for hospitals and more unemployment insurance. Also, you also have extra time to file your tax return because Tax Day has been moved to July 15.

Self-isolation doesn't have to be isolating

If you're stuck at home, there are plenty of ways to keep yourself entertained, informed and connected.


Fitness trainer Joe Wicks is teaching physical education classes live via YouTube.

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People are coming together

If we're going to get through this, it'll be because we all came together and helped each other. Many of us are finding ways to bring out the best in ourselves and our communities, resisting misinformation and divisiveness.

  • Many have joined volunteer mutual aid groups to support the vulnerable in their own community. When the UK government called for volunteers, over a quarter of a million people signed up in a single day.
  • People and businesses are creating online resources to help ease the tension and inconvenience of quarantine, many of them free or discounted.
  • Kind gestures are everywhere, from thank you signs for garbage collectors to socially distanced "welcome home" parades for a young cancer patient.
  • In the UK, people around the country simultaneously took to their windows, balconies and gardens to cheer and clap the health workers of the NHS.
  • Apple, Facebook and other companies are donating millions of face masks held in case of wildfires or other needs.
  • Cuban doctors traveled to Italy to help deal with the spread of the disease. 
  • Celebrities are doing their bit, whether it's James McAvoy donating £275,000 to health care workers, Amy Adams and Josh Gad reading stories for children or John Krasinski starting a YouTube channel dedicated to good news.

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Tiger King: Where are Joe Exotic, Carole Baskin, Rick and the rest now? – CNET

Tiger King. It's the stranger-than-fiction Netflix documentary everybody's talking about. The series introduced us to a tangled web of larger-than-life characters, but where are they now?

Joe Exotic


The owner of the zoo wound up in a cage. Animal breeder, YouTube loudmouth, country "singer" and gay polygamist at the center of the madness, Joseph Maldonado-Passage ignited a bitter feud with fellow big cat lover Carole Baskin that led to his downfall. In January of this year, he was sentenced to 22 years in prison. He's currently serving time in Texas. However, he has launched a lawsuit against the government and is hoping for a presidential pardon from Donald Trump. According to the documentary's directors, he's delighted with his newfound notoriety. 

Carole Baskin


Carole Baskin continues to run Big Cat Rescue animal sanctuary in Tampa, Florida, with her husband Howard Baskin. She now regrets her cooperation with the documentary: On March 29, Baskin released a blog post describing the Netflix series as "salacious and sensational," refuting many of the suggestions and implications made by those interviewed. Meanwhile, police have used the popularity of the series to appeal for information on the cold case of the disappearance of Carole Baskin's husband Don Lewis.  

John Finlay

Joe Exotic's former husband now works as a welder in Oklahoma with his wife, and is the proud owner of some new teeth. His relationship with Joe ended after Joe had him arrested for assault, but he later ran Joe's Safari bar near the zoo. On a Facebook page promising "the truth about John Finlay," he says he's talking to numerous news stations and producers about interviews and possibly even a biography.

Bhagavan 'Doc' Antle


The supplier of big cats to Hollywood productions is also the man behind The Institute for Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (Tigers) in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He denies allegations he euthanized big cats. According to CNN, he puts the show's success down to the fact audiences are "trapped on their couch and this train wreck of an adventure into magical wildlife land has somehow just caught everybody's attention."

Rick Kirkham


It must be strange for TV producer Kirkham to see the success of the Netflix documentary, knowing he was denied from making his own show on the subject. Before Tiger King, he made 2006 film TV Junkie showing how he juggled addiction and a career as a news journalist. Now, according to Kirkham's Facebook page, he lives in Norway and is working on a documentary about a "guy living an exciting double life." 

Jeff Lowe


After taking over the Greater Wynnewood Zoo, Jeff Lowe and his wife Lauren were planning to open a new zoo this summer. With their hot nanny.

Joshua Dial

Plucked from a job in Walmart's ammo section to run Joe Exotic's presidential campaign, Joshua Dial now lives in Oklahoma. In an interview with Oxygen, he said he doesn't like to work in offices after witnessing Travis Maldonado, Joe's husband, shooting himself in the head while sitting in the zoo's office. He maintains that Joe's conviction was entrapment, and he has no intention of watching the documentary.

Dillon Passage

On his Instagram, Passage told a fan he and Joe are still married. There are no pictures of Joe on his Instagram, although there is a video of Passage riding an elephant with Doc Antle. His Insta bio reads "Animals are cooler than people."

Rebecca Chaiklin and Eric Goode

Behind the camera, the documentary's director Eric Goode is every bit as colorful as the people in the show. Goode was a New York nightclub owner, restaurateur and hotelier who once dated Naomi Campbell, and also runs a turtle sanctuary. Chaiklin and Goode remain in contact with Joe Exotic, although the backlash from the film's subjects probably rules out continuing the story.

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Fantastic! Doctor Who returned 15 years ago today – CNET


Christopher Eccleston piloted the Tardis back onto TV screens in 2005.


When I was a kid, Doctor Who was not cool. Nor was I -- I grew up a nerd in '80s and '90s Britain, derided for my interest in computers, my side-parting, my big glasses, and for watching Doctor Who and Star Trek.

Hey, those things are all cool now. It's a funny old world. Anyway, this little trip down memory lane is prompted by the fact that today, March 26, marks the 15th anniversary of a day many thought would never happen: the return of a certain much-loved but long-departed British sci-fi series to TV screens. 

Beginning in 1963, the classic BBC series Doctor Who spotlighted a time-traveler who saved the day armed only with his wits and his wit. After 26 seasons, competition from big-budget US rivals made the cardboard sets and "charming" effects look old hat, while science fiction in general fell out of favor in the school playground. Shunted from its flagship position at Saturday teatime, the show finally fizzled out in 1989, leaving 9-year-old me bereft.

But 15 years later, Doctor Who roared back to the forefront of British telly, revived by Queer as Folk writer Russell T. Davies, and Julie Gardner, head of drama at BBC Cymru Wales. The first episode, Rose, was broadcast on Saturday, March 26, 2005, and introduced a new generation of kids to a new Doctor and a new companion, played by feted actor Christopher Eccleston and one-time pop star Billie Piper.

The show was an instant hit -- 10 million people watched Rose, with at least 6 or 7 million tuning in each week as the series progressed, even when they could watch it any time on iPlayer. Here's 12th Doctor Peter Capaldi remembering that triumphant return, having loved the show as a child:

We've since enjoyed 12 seasons traveling the universe in the Tardis, as well as numerous specials and Christmas episodes. Not only is Doctor Who once again popular among British fans, but the internet and BBC America have welcomed an international community of fans of all ages. When the series celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013, special episode The Day of the Doctor packed cinemas and was broadcast to 94 countries.

Following the revival of the show, Christopher Eccleston bowed out after one season. He was replaced by David Tennant, who was then succeeded by Matt Smith when Steven Moffat stepped into Russell T. Davies' showrunner role in 2010. Chris Chibnall took over in 2018 and cast Jodie Whittaker in the lead role, the first woman to play the Doctor.

Such is the excitement still surrounding the show, the announcement of each new Doctor is broadcast as a prime-time TV event in itself. And such is the esteem in which the show is held. Guest stars have included Dame Diana Rigg, Timothy Dalton, Sir Derek Jacobi, John Simm, Maisie Williams, Lenny Henry, Sir Michael Gambon, James Corden, Sir Ian McKellen, Simon Pegg and Kylie Minogue.

As a kid, I got to enjoy two seasons of the original Doctor Who before it disappeared in 1989, apparently for good. The seventh Doctor, Sylvester McCoy, was maligned at the time, but those two seasons stand up for their really interesting, nuanced and darker storylines.

Those episodes -- and the spin-off novels which, in the '90s, were the only original "Who" available -- sowed many seeds for the new series: a darker tone, ongoing story arcs and character arcs for the companions. Several writers on the revived series wrote novels during these wilderness years, including Gareth Roberts, Russell Davies himself, and -- in his first published work -- Mark Gatiss.

There was a brief glimmer of hope in 1996 when the Beeb teamed up with US backers for a TV movie starring Paul McGann, but sadly it was not to last. Laudably, the TV movie tied in to the classic series, but didn't quite nail the story. In hindsight, however, the TV movie also anticipated the new series in many ways: the standalone episode format, the frenetic pace -- and the snogging. McGann made an engaging Time Lord, and certainly deserved the proper regeneration he was belatedly granted in an online short heralding the 50th anniversary.

When Doctor Who returned, Russell T Davies deftly combined these various modern elements with a return to the show's roots as an entertaining show for kids of all ages. Continuity was sidelined in favor of pacy action, witty dialogue and much-loved monsters back to scare a new generation, alongside companions we could all identify with.

'You were fantastic. Absolutely fantastic'

The revived series has thrown up so many great moments, from Eccleston's first "Fantastic!" to his ninth Doctor's showdown with the last Dalek in the universe, to his promise "Rose -- I'm coming to get you!" Tennant's highlights range from the first time his 10th Doctor yelled "Allons-y" to the time he fell in love with Madame de Pompadour, to the time he became heartbreakingly human, to his tearful goodbye to Rose on a desolate beach.

Smith's 11th Doctor burst onto the scene dipping fish fingers in custard, wooing River Song and defeating Daleks with jammy dodgers. He saved the day wearing a fez and saw off alien hordes left, right and center, from his "silly little guns" Stonehenge speech to his final farewell on the fields of Trenzalore.

The series was then sensationally turned on its head by the bombshell of John Hurt revealed as a previously unseen Doctor, while fans around the globe squee-ed when Peter Capaldi's eyebrows arrived in the Tardis. When he wasn't fighting Robin Hood with a spoon or playing guitar on a tank, the 12th Doctor went to some intense places including a show-stopping speech about war and forgiveness. Today, the Tardis is piloted by Jodie Whittaker's hopeful 13th Doctor, last seen discovering a shocking mystery about her own origins. 

From "Are you my mummy?" to "bow ties are cool," these renewed years of timey-wimey adventures have been quite a ride. In a lifetime of cinema-going, I've never felt an entire movie theater ripple with such emotion as when a certain face from the past sauntered on screen to bring the curtain down on the show's first 50 years.

I was 25 when the Doctor returned, just like he always does, and a long way from the 9-year-old who had loved the show and thought it lost. I could have felt like I'd missed out, except the revived show was too exciting, too compelling and just too much fun. Best of all, I got to see my nephew and a whole new generation discover the magic of the show.

So here's to another 15 -- heck, another 50 -- years of Doctor Who, the TV show that's always been bigger on the inside.

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Vivarium is the perfect horror movie for coronavirus self-isolation – CNET


Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots star in Vivarium.


When Lorcan Finnegan wanted to make a horror movie that tackled modern fears, he made Vivarium: a film about a couple unable to leave their house.

"Yeah, it's weird," laughs the Irish director, who never expected his film to become quite so horribly relevant. Like most of us, Finnegan is confined to his home because of the coronavirus and COVID-19 pandemic, but at least he doesn't have to worry about missing Vivarium's premiere this weekend -- it's just one of the many events canceled due to the health crisis. 

Vivarium joins Wonder Woman 1984, Marvel's Black Widow, James Bond thriller No Time to Die and A Quiet Place Part 2 on the long list of postponed movies. Fortunately for the filmmakers, Vivarium was always scheduled to be released in theaters and online at the same time, so even without the cinema screenings the film will be available online Friday, March 27 as planned.

And this wildly imaginative, absorbingly creepy nightmare deserves a place on your quarantine watchlist. 

Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots star as a young couple hoping to scrape together a new home. The last thing they expect is to wind up in a surreal and inescapable house, inspired by Ireland's "ghost estates": empty housing developments built in times of economic growth that were unfinished or abandoned when the economy crashed in 2008.


Vivarium's dreamlike imagery gives it an unsettling charge.


Finnegan and writer Garret Shanley explored these desolate houses in their spooky short film Foxes (which you can watch at the bottom of this article), before expanding into a Black Mirror-esque feature-length take on the idea. 

"We're trying to present what young people are really afraid of," Finnegan explains over the phone from his home in Ireland. "More of an existential fear of losing all their hopes and dreams and possibilities for the future by conforming to society -- you have to buy a house and start paying off a mortgage and then working to pay off the mortgage. So we're trying to think of a suitable monster for that generation."

Finnegan names cult '70s sci-fi movie Phase IV, directed by the legendary Saul Bass, as an influence on Vivarium's strange and striking imagery. Having been inspired by a BBC nature documentary about cuckoos, he describes the film's unfolding weirdness as "almost like people coming up on a psychedelic -- weirdly funny, but also frightening."

The genial director is sanguine about being stuck inside as he mostly works from home anyway. Like many of us, he's continuing his work via video chat as he discusses future projects with potential backers over Skype and Zoom. "And I'm meeting some friends online for a drink," he says. "If we'd suggested doing that two weeks ago everyone would have thought it was ridiculous."

Finnegan plays down the long-term impact of the coronavirus shutdown on films like Vivarium, which cost 4 million euros (about $4.3 million, £3.6 million or AU$7.3 million). "It'd be more of a concern for the big studios who rely on huge theatrical releases and opening weekends," he says. "Whereas indie films and genre stuff have a dedicated audience that find the film whether it's in theaters or VOD."

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Finnegan highlights the fact that coronavirus will also cause a bottleneck for forthcoming films. Work has stopped on movies and TV productions from The Matrix 4 to The Walking Dead, and if they're going to start up again, there'll be a pile-up in the production schedules as they compete for actors, crew, locations and equipment.

For now, Finnegan is remarkably laid-back about the cancelation of his movie's theatrical release. "We didn't have to suddenly scramble and figure out a new marketing strategy," he says thanks to this weekend's planned online release. "Obviously I would have liked it to be in theaters, because it's a different kind of experience being with people and seeing it in its full glory on the big screen. But realistically, genre films like this get seen by more people online and streaming than in theaters."

"And," he adds, "we do have a captive audience."

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Coronavirus movie delays: 2020 and 2021 blockbusters postponed – CNET

For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website.

James Bond (Daniel Craig) faces a new foe: coronavirus.

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For many, it came as a shock to hear that the latest James Bond premiere was called off because of the coronavirus outbreak. But the Bond announcement was just the first in a cascade of movie blockbusters being canceled or postponed.

As gatherings of large groups of people are called off, movie theaters and film festivals are closing around the world. That's affected the planned release of new films from March 2020 and all the way into next year, including  Wonder Woman 1984, Marvel's Black Widow, James Bond thriller No Time to Die, Mulan, F9 and A Quiet Place Part 2.

The health and well-being of people and families around the world remains the most important thing, but these movie cancelations 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.

Here's a list of movies that have been delayed from their scheduled release dates due to the coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19. We'll update the list as more delays are announced.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife

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
New release date: March 5, 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, is the first of next year's blockbusters to be officially moved.

Original release date: March 5, 2021
New release date: October 8, 2021

Wonder Woman 1984

Warner Bros held out until March 24 before announcing that the movie would be delayed, but with most other blockbusters postponed it was clear that the DC comics sequel would have to move from its planned June 5 release date. Where many big movies have postponed their opening indefinitely, Wonder Woman 1984 is committed to hitting theaters in August.   

Original release date: June 2020
New release date: Aug 14, 2020

Wonder Woman 1984 is moving from June to August.

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No Time to Die (James Bond)

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, and a week later, after the World Health Organization declared a pandemic, other blockbusters began to follow suit.

Original release date: April 2020
New release date: Nov. 12, 2020 (UK) / Nov. 25, 2020 (US)

Black Widow

Black Widow was due to be released in May.


Originally scheduled for May 1, Marvel's Black Widow has been pushed back to an unspecified date. Disney made the announcement March 17.

Original release date: May 1, 2020
New release date: Unspecified

Minions: The Rise of Gru

On March 19, two weeks after the Bond announcement, animated sequel/spinoff Minions: The Rise of Gru was indefinitely postponed. It was set to be released in the US on July 3, which means the pandemic is disrupting schedules well into the summer season.

Original release date: July 3, 2020
New release date: Unspecified

A Quiet Place Part II


Emily Blunt listens up in A Quiet Place 2, delayed by health concerns.


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 just over a week to go Paramount announced that 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
New release date: Unspecified date in 2020

F9 (Fast and the Furious)

On the same day A Quiet Place 2 was postponed, producers of the ninth Fast and Furious movie did the same. Starring Vin DieselJohn Cena and Charlize Theron, F9 was due to open in May but has been pushed back nearly a year to April 2021 -- which had previously been 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
New release date: April 2, 2021

Mulan (and other Disney live-action films)

Mulan takes aim at a new release date.


Disney's live-action Mulan reboot was slated for March 27, but Disney pulled the film on March 12, just a few hours after similar announcements for A Quiet Place 2 and F9. The postponement came late enough that some had already seen the film at earlier preview screenings, calling the new Mulan "majestic" and "thrilling."

The next day, Walt Disney Studios said it was pausing production on other live-action films. The company didn't specify which movies were affected, but Variety reported they include The Last Duel, The Little Mermaid, Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings, Home Alone, Nightmare Alley, Peter Pan & Wendy and Shrunk.

Original release date: March 2020
New release date: Unspecified

The New Mutants

Easily one of the most troubled movies ever to limp into production, X-Men spinoff The New Mutants has now been postponed indefinitely. It was originally slated to be released in 2018 and had already been moved twice when Disney's acquisition of Fox set it back again. Which makes this the fourth postponement for the teen-centric comic book chiller starring Anya Taylor-Joy and Maisie Williams.

Original release date: April 2020
New release date: Unspecified


A rebirth of the Saw franchise starring Chris Rock and Samuel L Jackson, originally slated for May, has been indefinitely postponed by Lionsgate along with original thrillers Run and Antebellum, which stars Janelle Monae.

Original release date: May 15, 2020
New release date: Unspecified


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

Original release date: July 31, 2020
New release date: March 19, 2021

David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet

David Attenborough's latest nature documentary, made with the World Wide Fund for Nature, has been postponed to an as-yet-unspecified date. Interestingly, it's not just the premiere and cinema release events that've been canceled: The film was due to stream on Netflix, but that's not happening either. "Our decision to postpone the film release in its entirety [allows] viewers to enjoy the big screen experience," said the WWF in an email to CNET, "as well as giving Sir David Attenborough's message the incredible reach afforded by the Netflix platform."

Original release date: April 16, 2020
New release date: Unspecified


When Disney postponed Mulan and New Mutants, it also shelved horror film Antlers. Produced by Guillermo del Toro, the film was originally supposed to open April 17. The US release of The Personal History of David Copperfield has also been pushed back indefinitely, as has thriller The Woman in the Window.

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Other movies

Many other movies have also been affected as theaters close. So far, these are just some of the smaller studio movies, kids' films and indie flicks that are postponed:

  • The Artist's Wife
  • Blue Story
  • The Climb
  • Deerskin
  • First Cow
  • Greyhound
  • In the Heights
  • The Lovebirds
  • Les Misérables
  • Malignant
  • Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway
  • Rocks
  • Run
  • Scoob
  • The Secret Garden
  • The Truth
  • The Uncertain Kingdom
  • Vivarium (cinema release canceled; March 27 day-and-date online release continues as planned)

Movie theaters

Regal Cinemas will close all theater locations starting March 17, until further notice. Meanwhile, AMC initially said it would limit the number of people in its theaters at one time to 50, before closing completely. In the UK, cinema chains Odeon, Vue and Cineworld have shut their doors indefinitely.

Film festivals

The legendary Cannes film festival was called off March 19. Originally scheduled to open May 12, the year's most prestigious industry gathering was postponed as part of France's measures to combat the virus.  

The SXSW conference was canceled earlier in the month, devastating filmmakers who hoped to reach press and distributors at the event in Austin, Texas. Films that were scheduled to premiere at the annual film, music and tech event included The 24th, a scathing historical drama from the Oscar-winning co-writer of BlacKkKlansman, Kevin Willmott.

New York's Tribeca film festival is also canceled. As with all major events undone by coronavirus, cancelation will have a knock-on effect on local businesses and employees.

Still to come

The effects of the coronavirus pandemic are still unfolding across the globe. As Disneyland closes and more major gatherings are canceled, a question mark is cast even over giant events like this summer's Olympics. And more movies will no doubt be delayed.

As cancelations extend into the summer, the likes of Top Gun: Maverick and Christopher Nolan's Tenet could be in doubt.

The disruption may continue for some time as current filming is delayed. Mission: Impossible 7 was unable to shoot in virus-hit Venice, for example, while Baz Luhrmann's biopic of Elvis Presley was disrupted when Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson revealed they'd tested positive for COVID-19. Jurassic World 3, The Batman, The Matrix 4, Fantastic Beasts 3 and many more are also facing problems.


Netflix has suspended all scripted TV and film production for two weeks in the US and Canada from March 16. That affects shows like Stranger Things, which was filming its fourth season. Productions filming in other locations are "being assessed on a case by case basis," according to Deadline

Apple originals

Apple has reportedly halted filming content for its Apple TV Plus service, which includes The Morning Show, Foundation, See and For All Mankind. 

The Matrix 4

Production on The Matrix 4, which began in February, has been halted, according to a Variety report. It's not clear when shooting will restart or if the film's 2021 release date will be affected.

Original release date: May 21, 2021
New release date: May not change

Avatar sequels

There are currently four Avatar sequels in the works, scheduled to be released every other Christmas from 2021 to 2027. But filming in New Zealand has been put on hold for the time being. 

Original release date: December 2021, 2023, 2025, 2027
New release date: May not change

Here's a list of major events that have been canceled due to coronavirus concerns.

CNET's Abrar Al-Heeti contributed to this report.

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