With August swiftly approaching and no Tenet in sight, it looks like studios are giving up on the 2020 movie season. On Thursday, Disney removed the live-action Mulan remake from the release schedule. Additionally, it pushed the release of Avatar sequels as well as all of its hypothetical Star Wars movies a full year. Next, on Friday, Paramount changed the release date of Top Gun: Maverick: it will now come out on July 2, 2021, instead of December 23, 2020.
Studios are postponing horror movies, too. We already reported about Universal pushing the release of its horror films Candyman, Halloween Kills, and The Forever Purge. John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place Part II had a premiere in March before the pandemic struck. Now, a sequel to this successful low-budget, high-concept horror film won’t arrive in cinemas until April 2021. Similarly, Scott Cooper‘s Antlers (produced by Guillermo del Toro) was set for an April release. Instead, it will come out in February 2021.
More and more, It looks like Universal did a smart thing when back in March, it immediately postponed Fast & Furious 9 release for a full year – from May 22, 2020, to April 2, 2021. The movie landscape is growing increasingly bleaker.