More coronavirus-related movie delays are being made by major studios, as the upcoming summer movie season looks even less likely to even exist this year.
Universal has delayed its Minions sequel, The Rise Of Gru, which will now hit cinemas in July 2021, taking over Sing 2‘s original date, which has also been delayed until December 2021.
The studio has also taken its adaptation of Broadway musical Wicked completely off its schedule. It had been set for a December 22, 2021 release, so Sing 2 has taken its place.
It’s been rumoured that Universal has used these virus-related delays to postpone the film and see how other musicals such as West Side Story and In The Heights perform after the studio’s Cats debacle.
Sony have also delayed some tentpole movies. Superhero flick Morbius and belated sequel Ghostbusters: Afterlife have each been delayed, and we should expect some big announcements from other studios soon as well.
Christopher Nolan‘s Tenet will likely be delayed by Warner Bros. – and could take Denis Villeneuve‘s December Dune release, since that film is behind production.
Top Gun: Maverick will almost certainly be delayed, and expect Disney to make some more tough decisions on Jungle Cruise and Pixar’s Soul. None of these are official yet, but once one studio begins punting on July releases, others will follow. Most of the movies being delayed are big, too, so don’t expect many to be dropped on a streaming service.
We could be looking at a very, very busy 2021 at the movies if things do eventually get back to normal.