MGM has decided to postpone the release date of its latest Bond adventure, No Time to Die, from April 2 to October 8, 2021. The decision has prompted a number of other major studios to follow suit, such as Sony, which responded with new release dates for Cinderella (July 16, 2021), Ghostbusters: Afterlife (November 11, 2021), Morbius (Jan. 21, 2022), Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (June 11, 2021), and Uncharted (Feb. 11, 2022).
“Cinderella will release in theaters on July 16 instead of Feb. 5,” Variety reported in its coverage. “That delay bumps the video game adaptation Uncharted, which was originally set for mid-July, to Feb. 11, 2022. Meanwhile, Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway has moved back two months from April 2 to June 11. In turn, the Ghostbusters sequel was delayed to Nov. 11.”
“Sony’s latest calendar shift came minutes after MGM delayed No Time to Die, the latest James Bond installment, from April to Oct. 8. Since No Time to Die was slated to open on the same day as another Sony title, Morbius, the comic book thriller has officially moved to Jan. 21, 2022.”
Disney later echoed Sony’s move, delaying a variety of upcoming films such as Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman prequel, The King’s Man, which was initially supposed to debut in September 18, 2020 before being delayed to February 26, 2021 and then March 12, 2021. The King’s Man is now expected to release on August 20, 2021.
“[…] animated family film Ron’s Gone Wrong has been pushed from April 23 to Oct. 22,” Variety added. “Bob’s Burgers, a movie based on the popular TV show that was set for April 9, has been taken off the release calendar entirely.”
“Meanwhile, four Searchlight titles have been given new release dates: horror film The Night House (July 16), the Jessica Chastain-led biopic The Eyes of Tammy Faye (Sept. 24), supernatural thriller Antlers (Oct. 29 in limited release) and Guillermo del Toro’s twisted suspense drama Nightmare Alley (Dec. 3 in limited release).”
Last but (certainly) not least is Paramount Pictures, which decided to push back the release of John Krasinski and Emily Blunt’s A Quiet Place sequel today. A Quiet Place Part II will now be released on September 17, 2021 instead of April 23, 2021.
Warner Bros. and parent company AT&T have been getting a lot of flack for their decision to bring their 2021 films straight to streaming via HBO Max, but you can’t really blame them based on what we’re seeing here. Being that the theater industry is unlikely to return to normalcy any time soon due to coronavirus, how many more times can studios afford to delay their multi-million-dollar investments?