Coronavirus postponements: Movies delayed by the pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted most every aspect of American life, including the movie industry. Theaters have closed and production has shut down on nearly every production throughout the world, delaying the release of major films. Here's a list of all the movies postponed by the outbreak.

"A Quiet Place: Part II"
Directed by: John Krasinski
Starring: Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Cillian Murphy

In Krasinki's horror film that stars real-life wife Emily Blunt, the screen family continues to face dangers from creatures that hunt by sound. Krasinski posted on Twitter and Instagram that the release of the film was postponed because of coronavirus concerns. He didn’t offer a new release date but noted that he hopes it will be “soon.”

Directed by: Scott Cooper
Starring: Keri Russell, Jesse Plemons, Jeremy T. Thomas

The indie horror flick starring Keri Russell – about a teacher and her brother, who together with a student encounter a terrifying creature in an isolated Oregon town – has delayed its April 17 release date. 

"The Artist's Wife"
Directed by: Tom Dolby
Starring: Lena Olin, Bruce Dern, Juliet Rylance

"The Artist's Wife," about a woman dealing with her husband's Alzheimer's disease diagnosis, was set to open in New York on April 3 but has been postponed. 

"Avatar" sequels
Directed by: James Cameron
Starring: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Kate Winslet

The four follow-ups to James Cameron's blockbuster "Avatar," which were being produced in New Zealand, have been put on hold, though the executive team may continue work in Los Angeles

"The Batman"
Directed by: Matt Reeves
Starring: Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Colin Farrell

Warner Bros. shut down production of "The Batman" on March 14. The film stars Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader.

"Birds of Paradise"
Directed by: Sarah Adina Smith
Starring: Diana Silvers, Kristine Froseth, Jacqueline Bisset

"Birds of Paradise" is a drama about friendship in a ballet academy whose production in Budapest was suspended. The film was expected to be released next year.

"Black Widow"
Directed by: Cate Shortland
Starring: Florence Pugh, Rachel Weisz, Scarlett Johansson

Disney's Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero film, starring Scarlett Johansson, was scheduled to open in theaters on May 1, but it has been postponed.

"Blue Story"
Directed by: Rapman
Starring: Stephen Odubola, Micheal Ward, Khali Best

"Blue Story" is a feature adaptation of a series on YouTube about two friends living in the U.K. who become adversaries in a street war. The movie was set to debut March 20 and was postponed. 

Directed by: Annie Silverstein
Starring: Rob Morgan, Amber Havard, Yolonda Ross

The indie film "Bull," about a relationship between a disillusioned teen and an equally embittered bullfighter, was scheduled to be released on March 20 and instead will be released on video on demand and digital on May 1.

"The Card Counter"
Directed by: Paul Schrader
Starring: Oscar Isaac, Willem Dafoe, Tiffany Haddish, Tye Sheridan

The indie film "The Card Counter," helmed by Paul Schrader ("American Gigolo"), shut down five days from completion because an actor tested positive for COVID-19. 

Directed by: Kay Cannon
Starring: Camila Cabello, Billy Porter, Nicholas Galitzine

Production for the updated version of the classic children's story starring pop singer Camila Cabello was suspended. It was going to be shot at England's legendary Pinewood Studios before the U.S. travel ban was extended to include the U.K. The film was set to be released on Feb. 5, 2021.

"The Climb"
Directed by: Michael Angelo Covino
Starring: Michael Angelo Covino, Kyle Marvin, Gayle Rankin

The dramedy about the friendship of two men, written and directed by star Michael Angelo Covino, was supposed to be released on March 20, but Sony Pictures Classics announced it has delayed its opening. 

Directed by: Quentin Dupieux
Starring: Jean Dujardin, Adèle Haenel, Albert Delpy

The indie comedy-drama about a man obsessed with his deerskin jacket was due to be released on March 20, but was delayed.

Untitled Elvis Presley project
Directed by: Baz Luhrmann
Starring: Tom Hanks, Austin Butler, Rufus Sewell

Production of the Elvis Presley biopic in Australia is on hold after Tom Hanks, who is cast as Presley's manager Colonel Tom Parker, and his wife Rita Wilson tested positive for COVID-19. Both have since been released from the hospital to self-isolation.

Directed by: Justin Lin
Starring: Vin Diesel, Charlize Theron, Nathalie Emmanuel

The ninth iteration of the "Fast and Furious" film franchise was due for a May 22 release and has been pushed back almost a year to April 2, 2021.

"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 3"
Directed by: David Yates
Starring: Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Katherine Waterston

Production of the latest film in the J.K. Rowling's "Fantastic Beasts" series, starring Johnny Depp and Jude Law, was scheduled to begin in the U.K. this month but has been delayed. The movie is expected to be released Nov. 12, 2021.

"First Cow"
Directed by: Kelly Reichardt
Starring: John Magaro, Orion Lee, Rene Auberjonois

"First Cow" is based on the novel by Jonathan Raymond, about an unlikely business partnership between a cook and a Chinese immigrant in 19th-century Oregon. The well-received film was in limited release beginning March 6 and was withdrawn. It is set for re-release later in 2020. 

"Flint Strong"
Directed by: Rachel Morrison
Starring: Ice Cube, Ryan Destiny, Olunike Adeliyi

"Flint Strong" is a biopic of Claressa "T-Rex" Shields, a boxer from Flint, Michigan, who became an Olympic champion. Production on the film has been postponed.

"Ghostbusters: Afterlife"
Directed by: Jason Reitman
Starring: Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Paul Rudd

A Midwestern family learns their connection to the original Ghostbusters crew and the Ecto-1 rides again. The next film in the franchise moved from a July 10 release to March 5, 2021.

Directed by: Aaron Schneider
Starring: Tom Hanks, Rob Morgan, Elisabeth Shue

Hanks (who also wrote the screenplay) stars as an American destroyer commander who takes on Nazi U-boats in the World War II drama. The movie was scheduled for June 15 but has been delayed indefinitely.

Untitled "Home Alone" reboot
Directed by: Dan Mazer
Starring: Ellie Kemper, Rob Delaney, Archie Yates

The "Home Alone" reboot has been put on hiatus. 

"In the Heights"
Directed by: Jon M. Chu
Starring: Anthony Ramos, Stephanie Beatriz, Lin-Manuel Miranda

The big-screen adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Broadway musical has been delayed indefinitely from its planned June 26 release date.

"Jurassic World: Dominion"
Directed by: Colin Trevorrow
Starring: Dichen Lachman, Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt

Production of the third installment of the "Jurassic World" franchise has been halted. It was expected to be released June 11, 2021. 

"The Last Duel"
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Starring: Jodie Comer, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon

Filming in Ireland for "The Last Duel" was suspended. The period piece was due for release in January 2021.

"The Little Mermaid"
Directed by: Rob Marshall
Starring: Awkwafina, Melissa McCarthy, Javier Bardem, Jacob Tremblay

Filming for "The Little Mermaid," a live-action version of the beloved Disney animated classic, was scheduled to begin in London in late March and has been postponed. The movie stars Halle Bailey in the title role.

 "The Lovebirds"
Directed by: Michael Showalter
Starring: Issa Rae, Kumail Nanjiani, Anna Camp

Romantic comedy "The Lovebirds" was scheduled for an April 3 release but postponed by Paramount. It's now heading to Netflix at a date to be determined.

"The Man From Toronto"
Directed by: Patrick Hughes
Starring: Woody Harrelson, Kevin Hart

Production on the action comedy, about a mix-up between an assassin and a man from New York, was delayed by Sony because of the coronavirus pandemic. The movie remains scheduled for its Nov. 20 release.

"The Matrix 4"
Directed by: Lana Wachowski
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Jonathan Groff, Carrie-Anne Moss

The fourth iteration of the action series was filming in Berlin before production halted on March 16. Keanu Reeves returns as Neo.

"Military Wives"
Directed by: Peter Cattaneo
Starring: Kristin Scott Thomas, Sharon Horgan, Jason Flemyng

The comedy-drama about the wives of servicemen on duty in Afghanistan who form a choir and become media stars had been scheduled for a May 22 release but has been delayed.

"Mission: Impossible 7"
Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie
Starring: Rebecca Ferguson, Tom Cruise, Vanessa Kirby

The seventh installment of the "Mission: Impossible" series halted filming in Italy in late February. It was expected to be released on July 23, 2021.

Directed by: Daniel Espinosa
Starring: Jared Leto, Jared Harris Tyrese Gibson

The Sony/Marvel collaboration, which stars Leto as a genius scientist with a rare blood disorder who turns himself into vampire, has shifted from July 31 to March 19, 2021.

Directed by: Niki Caro
Starring: Yifei Liu, Donnie Yen, Jet Li

The live-action version of the Disney animated film about a young Chinese woman who disguises herself as a warrior to rescue her dad was set to open in theaters on March 27. It is unclear when it will be released.

"The New Mutants"
Directed by: Josh Boone
Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, Alice Braga

The "X-Men" spinoff, about five young people who discover they have extraordinary abilities while being held against their will, was set for an April 3 release. But Disney has delayed its debut.

"The Nightingale"
Directed by: Mélanie Laurent
Starring: Elle Fanning, Dakota Fanning

Filming in Budapest for "The Nightingale" was suspended by Sony. The movie stars real-life siblings Elle and Dakota Fanning as sisters living in France whose lives are changed by WWII.

"Nightmare Alley"
Directed by: Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Toni Collette, Cate Blanchett, Bradley Cooper

Production on the remake of the 1947 film, about a con man and psychiatrist who dupe people out of their money, has been suspended.

"No Time to Die"
Directed by: Cary Joji Fukunaga
Starring: Ana de Armas, Daniel Craig, Léa Seydoux

Daniel Craig returns for his final appearance as James Bond. MGM, Universal and Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli announced earlier this month that the film's release has been postponed until November.

"Official Competition"
Directed by: Mariano Cohn, Gaston Duprat
Starring: Penélope Cruz, Antonio Banderas, Pilar Castro

Production has been suspended on the comedy, which was expected out next year, about a rich businessman who hires a filmmaker to make a hit movie. 

"The Personal History of David Copperfield"
Directed by: Armando Iannucci
Starring: Dev Patel, Hugh Laurie, Tilda Swinton

A comedic-dramatic interpretation of the Charles Dickens novel starring Dev Patel, Hugh Lawrie and Tilda Swinton was scheduled for a May 8 release until Searchlight Studios delayed its debut.

"Peter Pan & Wendy"
Directed by: David Lowery
Starring: Alexander Molony, Ever Anderson

The live-action reboot of J.M. Barrie's story of the boy who wouldn't grow up was in pre-production and is delayed indefinitely.

"Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway"
Directed by: Will Gluck
Starring: Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, Rose Byrne

The animated film is based on characters in Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit books. It was originally scheduled for a March release and then moved to August but will now open Jan. 15, 2021.

"The Prom"
Directed by: Ryan Murphy
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, Kerry Washington

Production on the movie adaptation of the Tony-nominated Broadway musical was halted just a few days before the film would have wrapped. 

Directed by: Julius Avery
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Natacha Karam, Martin Starr

MGM stopped filming for "Samaritan" in Atlanta in March. The action film was due to be released in December. 

Directed by: Tony Cervone
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Zac Efron, Gina Rodriguez (voices)

The animated Scooby-Doo reboot initially scheduled for May 15 has been delayed indefinitely.

"Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings"
Directed by: Destin Daniel Cretton
Starring: Awkwafina, Simu Liu, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung

Production of the Marvel Comics project – expected to be released in February 2021 – was halted when director Destin Daniel Cretton announced he was being tested for coronavirus; Cretton tested negative.

Directed by: Evan Spiliotopoulos
Starring: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Cary Elwes, William Sadler

Screen Gems announced on March 14 that it has delayed production of the horror film for four weeks. It's about a journalist who tries to resurrect his career by writing stories about strange happenings in a small New England town.

Directed by: Joe Johnston
Starring: Josh Gad, Rick Moranis

Rick Moranis, who starred in "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" in 1989, was set to help reboot the franchise until Disney halted pre-production because of coronavirus concerns.

"Slay the Dragon"
Directed by: Chris Durrance, Barak Goodman
Starring: Ari Berman, David Daley, Margaret Dickson

"Slay the Dragon," a Magnolia Pictures documentary about gerrymandering, will be out April 3 instead of March 13. It will be released on video on demand and digital platforms instead of theaters.

"The Truth"
Directed by: Hirokazu Kore-eda
Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche, Ethan Hawke

The first movie Hirokazu Kore-eda has directed outside of Japan has been pushed to summer from a planned March 20 U.S. release. "The Truth" premiered at Venice Film Festival this past August.

Directed by: Ruben Fleischer
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Tom Holland, Antonio Banderas

Sony has hit the brakes on pre-production of the movie based on a PlayStation video game franchise, which has a plot that serves as a prequel to the games. "Uncharted" also moved release dates in 2021, from March 5 to Oct. 8.

"The Woman in the Window"
Directed by: Joe Wright
Starring: Amy Adams, Anthony Mackie, Jennifer Jason Leigh

The crime drama about an agoraphobic loner living in New York who witnesses a violent crime was due for a May 15 release, but was delayed by 20th Century Studios. 

"Wonder Woman 1984"
Directed by: Patty Jenkins
Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig

The anticipated superhero sequel, starring Gal Gadot as the popular Amazon warrior, is shifting from a June 5 release to Aug. 14. 


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