It’s been a big month for the TV and movie world, as more and more productions are postponed due to the outbreak of Covid-19, also known as Coronavirus.
Most recently the Untitled Amazon Project which is surrounding the classic story of The Lord of the Rings has been postponed in New Zealand. A memo was sent out to the cast and crew of the Auckland-based project stated: “there are no clear answers to when we will resume production.”
The Lord of the Rings
“In an abundance of caution, UAP [Untitled Amazon Project] has suspended production for the next two (2) weeks commencing Monday, March 16,” said the alleged memo. “This is done in an environment where travel restrictions directed at the control of Covid-19 are issued daily by New Zealand and most other countries.”
Disney Plus: Marvel Productions
That’s right, Disney have announced that they have delayed all production for any and all Marvel shows set to release on it’s Disney Plus platform for this year. On that isn’t affected by this delay is The Falcon and the Winter Soldier show, which has already wrapped production. WandaVision and Loki have been paused due to the virus, but shows that are in pre-production will continue to work but remotely until further notice.
Fast and Furious 9
One of the biggest delays so far is the ninth instalment of the Fast 9 movie, pushing it back a whole year. Fast 9 will release in April 2021, instead of April 2020. Universal Pictures released a statement saying, “We are moving the global release date to April 2021, with North America opening on April 2.”
No Time To Die
The 25th James Bond in the series has also been postponed. It will premiere in November 2020, with a representative saying, “after careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace.” The movie will release on November 25 202, in the US and November 12 2020, in the UK.
The Witcher Season 2
Another recent one to be paused is Season 2 for The Witcher. This comes ahead of an announcement that all Netflix scripted television and film projects in the United States and Canada will go on hiatus for two weeks.
Stranger Things Season 4
Also, due to the recent Netflix confirmation is that Stranger Things season 4 will go on hiatus for about two weeks. Stranger Things was shooting its fourth season before the pausing of shooting.
One from Disney Plus. Mulan has indefinitely been delayed, Disney announced this week. Originally set to release on March 27, no new date has been confirmed as of yet.
Antlers is a supernatural horror from director Scott Cooper and written by C. Henry Chaisson, Nick Antosa and Scott Cooper. Unfortunately, Disney has had to delay release date for this Searchlight horror title and has given no new date. Antlers was originally set for an April 17 release date.
A Quiet Place: Part II
Only a week until it’s released, Director John Krasinski announced on Twitter that A Quiet Place: Part II will be delayed. One thing that wasn’t announced was the new release date by Paramount or Krasinski.
The Mutants was set to premiere on April 3, now Disney is looking for a new release date in 2020. Release dates will be announced at a later date. This one is particularly sad since this X-Men universe movie was shelved a couple of times and has now finally got a release date but ultimately pushed back, due to the virus.
The romantic action-comedy, The Lovebirds, starring Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae has been delayed. It was originally slated for release on April 3, but no new date has been confirmed as of yet.
This story about two London youths scarred by gang warfare also has a delayed release date. Paramount announced the movie will not be releasing on March 20 and a new release date hasn’t been set as of yet.
Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway
The next addition to the Peter Rabbit franchise has been pushed back to August 7. Originally released in the UK on March 27 and Europe and the US on April 3, Sony has pushed back this animated family movie.