COVID 19: Studios Pull The Plug On Release of ‘Mulan’, ‘Top Gun Maverick’, ‘Spider-Man 3’, ‘Avatar’ Sequel And More
After Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, many studios and makers have pushed the release of their upcoming releases indefinitely. If you need a reminder (to wear your mask); we are still in the midst of a global pandemic because of the novel Coronavirus. And while the whole world is bracing itself to re-open with safety and social-distancing notions intact, the reality is far from the intention. The reality is that the fate of theatricals is dark and doomed until God-knows how long. This is exactly why Warner Bros. stalled the release of its tentpole movie that was supposed to be out on August 12. Needless to say, it was a big blow to the movie-going ecosystem and theatres that were counting on Nolan’s time inversion saga to pull the crowd.
In fact, it wasn’t the only film; people had also pinned their hopes on Disney’s Mulan that would have played in our cinema halls on August 21, under normal circumstances. But since this is not, the production house has pushed it further and unfortunately, indefinitely. The live-action epic was even poised to help revive the box-office, after multiple delays since March but alas!
Not just that. Disney has also pulled the plug on the next film instalments from two of its biggest franchises – Avatar and Star Wars. Furthered by a year, the Avatar sequel will reportedly (hopefully) arrive in theatres in December 2022 while the next Star Wars movie will premiere in December 2023. Avatar director James Cameron announced the same and wrote, “Irayo, Na’vi Nation. Stay safe.”
A message from James Cameron.
Irayo, Na’vi Nation. Stay safe. 💙 pic.twitter.com/Uwi2J6xF4k
— Avatar (@officialavatar) July 23, 2020
A Disney representative, as quoted by Hindustan Times, said, “It’s become clear that nothing can be set in stone when it comes to how we release films during this global health crisis. Today that means pausing our release plans for ‘Mulan’ as we assess how we can most effectively bring this film to audiences around the world.”
Reportedly, more in the queue are – sequel to Spider-Man Far From Home, Top Gun: Maverick, The Last Duel, Emily Blunt starrer A Quiet Place 2 and the list goes on. Paramount Pictures has confirmed that the much-awaited sequel to the Tom Cruise-starring Top Gun has been delayed to July 2, 2021 from its initial date of December 23, 2020. The Ben Affleck and Matt Damon has now been greenlighted for October 2021 instead of December 2020. And even the spider movies has jumped the lease by a month, it still has!
Meanwhile, Guillermo del Toro’s Antlers has bee postponed for February 2021 while Wed Anderson’s The French Dispatch has been removed from the calendar. Even Jackass and Sonic Hedgehog 2 will now release in September 2021 and April 2022 respectively.