With the worldwide outbreak of the coronavirus, life as we know it has come to a standstill. Across the world, offices and schools have shut down, events have been canceled and movie releases have been postponed. The World Health Organization has declared a pandemic, advising people not to venture outdoors. Even in India, malls, gyms and theatres have been closed indefinitely until the virus is contained. Every day, we read about the disastrous impact the coronavirus is having on businesses and we can do little but stay indoors and not enable the spread of the disease.
With the delay in production, shooting, and release of movies, several movies that were to release in March, April, May, June and even July have been pushed. While some production houses have already confirmed the new release dates, others are waiting to see how the pandemic shapes out. If you are wondering whether your favorite movie will be out in theatres or release directly on an OTT platform, look no further. Here, you can get information about all the movies that have been postponed on account of the coronavirus pandemic along with the new release dates.
Walt Disney Pictures has changed the release dates for many of its films, postponing some while releasing others online. Here’s a list of releases we can expect in 2020:
Artemis Fowl: To release on Disney+ on June 12
Mulan: July 24
The One and Only Ivan: August 14
The King’s Man: September 18
Death on the Nile: October 09
The French Dispatch: October 16
Black Widow: November 06
Deep Water: November 13
Soul: November 20
Free Guy: December 11
West Side Story: December 18
The Last Duel: December 25
Meanwhile, The Eternals, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Cruella, Jungle Cruise, and the next Doctor Strange movie have all been pushed to 2021.
Competing with Marvel is the DCEU, which is also preparing itself for its upcoming releases. Gal Gadot‘s superhero movie Wonder Woman 1984, which will be a sequel to the blockbuster Wonder Woman (2017), has been pushed. The film that was supposed to release in June is now coming to theatres on the 14th of August.
MGM, Universal, and the producers of Bond, namely Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, have announced that the latest film No Time to Die, which was slated to release early April is now releasing on the 12th of November, 2020.
The ninth Fast and Furious movie, titled Fast and Furious 9 or F9, has been pushed to next year by Universal Studios. The movie was initially set to release around Eid this year but will now open on the 2nd of April, 2021.
Paramount Pictures initially delayed the release of comedy movie The Lovebirds, starring Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae. The movie will now be released directly on Netflix on the 22nd of May.
Sony has decided to push Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway by five months. Earlier slated to release on the 17th of April in India, the movie will now hit theatres on the 7th of August.
20th Century has announced that The New Mutants, which was to release in April, has been pushed and will now hit theatres on the 28th of August 28, 2020.
BOLLYWOOD & SOUTH
Cinema halls across the country are shut for an indefinite period of time. This has severely impacted the box office numbers of late February and March releases, along with a postponement of several upcoming releases. Here are a few movies that are skipping theatres completely and will release online.
Angrezi Medium, starring Irrfan Khan, Kareena Kapoor and Radhika Madan, remained in theatres for a day before the abrupt shutdown in metros due to the coronavirus outbreak. The film gathered no steam and director Homi Adajania had no choice but to release the movie on Hotstar.
Telugu film Ruler starring Balakrishna is currently streaming on Sun Nxt. This South-based movie platform has also bagged the streaming rights of nine more Tamil films – Ayalaan (starring Sivakarthikeyan), Kombu Vacha Singamda (starring Sasikumar), Naa Naa (starring Sasikumar and Sarathkumar), Oomai Vizhigal (starring Prabhu Deva), Pannikutty (starring Yogi Babu and Karunakaran), Party (a Venkat Prabhu directorial), Raangi (starring Trisha), Raja Vamsam (starring Sasikumar), and Trip (starring Sunainaa and Yoji Babu).
After getting no distributors for over six years, Pushpendra Nath Misra’s Ghoomketu starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui released on Zee5 on the 22nd of May. The film also stars popular director Anurag Kashyap while mainstream Bollywood actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Ranveer Singh, and Sonakshi Sinha make cameo appearances.
Pon Magal Vandhal, which was scheduled for release on the 27th of March, was postponed indefinitely until the makers decided to release the film on Amazon Prime on the 29th of May. This is the first Tamil feature to make an online release.
The mid-April release of Gulabo Sitabo featuring Ayushmann Khurrana and Amitabh Bachchan will now release directly on Amazon Prime on the 12th of June. This is the first of many mainstream Bollywood films that is set to make an OTT release.
Karthik Subbaraj’s Penguin, starring Keerthy Suresh in the lead, is making its world premiere on Amazon Prime on the 19th of June. The film will be available in Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam.
After the success of Paatal Lok, Anushka Sharma’s next production venture is the supernatural horror titled Bulbbul, which releases on Netflix on the 24th of June. Directed by Anvita Dutt, the film features Tripti Dimri, Avinash Tiwary, Rahul Bose, Paoli Dam and Parambrata Chattopadhyay in the lead roles.
PRK Productions’ Law by Raghu Samarth and French Biryani by Pannaga Bharana will make its world premiere on Amazon Prime. Law, which stars Ragini Prajwal in the lead, releases on the 26th of June while the latter – a Danish Sait comedy – will release on the 24th of July.
Amazon Prime Video has indeed stepped up its streaming game by bagging the exclusive release of many films, including the Vidya Balan starrer Shakuntala Devi as well as Sufiyum Sujatayum that includes Jayasurya and Aditi Rao Hydari in lead roles. The release dates of these films have not been announced yet.
Meanwhile, Netflix will be streaming the much-awaited biopic Gunjan Saxena starring Janhvi Kapoor in the lead role. The release date of the film is yet to be announced.
With mainstream movies hitting digital services, many industry insiders speculate that Anurag Basu’s Ludo, Nagraj Manjule’s Jhund and Hansal Mehta’s Chhalaang starring Rajkummar Rao could also opt for direct online releases. No official announcement on these movies has been made yet.
There were also speculations and reports that the multi-lingual biopic Thalaivi, starring Kangana Ranaut, has been sold online for a whopping 55 crores with both Netflix and Amazon Prime bagging its streaming rights. However, this news has been proven false by trade analyst Taran Adarsh on his social media accounts.
The filming, editing and dubbing of Kabir Khan’s ’83 is complete, while minimal post-production work remains to be done. Even though streaming services have been eyeing what could be the biggest Bollywood release of the year, the film will most likely make a theatrical release.
The Varun Dhawan and Sara Ali Khan starrer Coolie No 1, which is a remake of Daddy Dhawan’s movie of the ’90s, is still underway. While filming, editing, and dubbing are complete, some VFX and mixing work remains to be done.
This year was going to give us two big Eid releases – Salman Khan’s action dhamaaka Radhe and the Akshay Kumar starrer Laxmmi Bomb. While the filming of the latter is complete and some post-production work remains, some scenes of Radhe are still to be shit. The shoot, which was to happen in Azerbaijan, was called off in March due to the spread of the pandemic.
That’s all we have so far about the delays caused on account of the coronavirus pandemic. Keep coming back to this page for more updates on the postponed movies and their new release dates. Be safe.