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Film releases that have been delayed because of COVID-19

Cinema blockbuster releases found themselves largely cancelled last year due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. The pandemic has forced Hollywood studios to scramble to protect their films from certain box office doom, since cinemas have remained closed throughout the world.

Therefore, I have compiled a list of the films we should have seen in 2020, but will remain just one of the many many many things we have to look forward to once this pandemic is over.

James Bond: No Time To Die

No Time To Die was the first blockbuster to fall victim to the pandemic. It was scheduled for April 2020 when it was pushed back until April 2021. And now, it’s been delayed again.

Daniel Craig’s final outing as 007 will now arrive on 8 October 2021, the official Bond Twitter account announced.

James Bond has left active service. His peace is short-lived when Felix Leiter, an old friend from the CIA, turns up asking for help to rescue a kidnapped scientist, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.” – Synopsis of No Time To Die

Batman (Robert Pattinson makes his debut as The Dark Knight).

The latest Batman film, starring Robert Pattinson for the first time ever as Gotham City’s superhero, has also been subjected to several delays. Warner Bros studios now say it will not be released until March 2022.

There were even reports that Pattinson himself had contracted COVID-19, delaying production even more.

The movie’s director Matt Reeves has decided not to do another origin story. The Batman will instead be set in Bruce Wayne’s second year of having a secret life as the caped vigilante.

Fans are calling the English actor’s take on the character “Battinson”.

Respect

MGM studios’ biopic of the late Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, named after Franklin’s 1967 hit Respect, has been pushed back to August 13 2021. It was originally set for release on the Martin Luther King Jr holiday weekend in the US in January.

Prior to writing this article, I didn’t know Jennifer Hudson would star as Aretha Franklin, but what perfect casting! I’ve been dying to hear her sing like she did back in Dreamgirls in 2006, a role that won her an Oscar.

Also Hudson was personally selected for the role by the singer herself before she died in 2018 at the age of 76. The movie also stars Forest Whitaker and Mary J Blige.

MGM studios have also delayed the production of Tomb Raider 2, starring Alicia Vikander. They’ve said filming is now delayed until next year.

Jurassic World: Dominion

The dinosaur action film had been scheduled for release in July 2021, but has been delayed by nearly a year to June 2022.

Filming in the UK had been disrupted due to positive coronavirus tests on set.

The film stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and others reprising their roles from the previous films in the franchise.

One of the movie’s producers has said that Jurassic World: Dominion will not be the final film of the franchise and that it would instead mark “the start of a new era”, in which humans have to adjust to dinosaurs being on the mainland.

Black Widow

Starring Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh and Rachel Weisz, the Marvel film will hit cinemas on 7 May 2021, a year later than originally planned.

The film revolves around the Black Widow (aka Natasha Romanova). At birth she is given to the KGB to become its ultimate operative. When the U.S.S.R. breaks up, the government tries to kill her as the action moves to present-day New York, where she is a freelance operative.

Marvel are determined to secure a theatre debut and will only consider a Disney+ release if all other options have failed. The choice is understandable for Disney, who have put a lot of money into Black Widow. The movie’s budget was close to $200 million, and that is not including the marketing budget.

This makes 2020 the first year since 2009 in which a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie hasn’t been released.

Thor: Love and Thunder.

Staying in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the latest instalment of the Thor franchise has been postponed until February 2022.

While no specific plot details concerning Thor: Love and Thunder have been revealed yet, we know we will see a female Thor for the very first time, played by Natalie Portman. She will reprise the role of Jane Foster and following in her comic book counterpart’s footsteps, she’ll transform into the Mighty Thor. No information has been revealed yet about how this happens, but her powers will not identical to what Thor Odinson is capable of.

Thor: Love and Thunder will mark Chris Hemsworth’s eight appearance as the God of Thunder.

Fans are also excited for the first appearance of Oscar Winner Christian Bale as Gorr The God Butcher – The super villain and Thor’s arch nemesis.

F9

The ninth in the Fast and Furious franchise, starring Vin Diesel, Charlize Theron, Dame Helen Mirren and John Cena, has been moved from May 2020 to May 2021.

Dominic Toretto is back and his crew join forces to battle the most skilled assassin and high-performance driver they’ve ever encountered, his forsaken brother (whaaaat).

We can expect the same epic (yet extremely far fetched) stunts, killer soundtrack and celebrity cameos (a little birdie told me Cardi B will appear in the film).

Elvis

Elvis is a biopic that chronicles the life and career of the King of Rock & Roll Elvis Presley (bet you didn’t expect that after reading the movie title #sarcasm).

The movie will star Austin Bulter and Tom Hanks, and it expected to hit theatres on November 5 2021.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife

This sequel – 36 years after the original – stars Paul Rudd and Bokeem Woodbine and includes appearances from the originals Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd.

It will now arrive in US cinemas on 5 March 2021, after originally being scheduled for July 2020.

Top Gun: Maverick

Fans who have waited 34 years for Tom Cruise to return to the skies as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell now have to wait a little longer, with the release postponed until 2 July 2021.

Pete “Maverick” Mitchell keeps pushing the envelope after years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators. He must soon confront the past while training a new squad of graduates for a dangerous mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice. – Synopsis for Top Gun: Maverick.

Avatar 2

James Cameron’s sequel will now not be out until December 2022, delaying our return to Pandora by a year and a half.

The premise of the movie is that 13 years after the events of the original film, Jake Sully and Neytiri have formed a family and are doing anything to stay together. They are however, forced to leave their home and explore the different regions of Pandora when an old threat returns to finish what it started.

Did you know there are plans in place for five Avatar movies in total?

James Cameron has said that the reasons why the sequel took so long to make was because of the necessity to develop new technology in order to film performance capture scenes under water, a feat which has never been accomplished before.

The Matrix 4

The Matrix 4 is surprisingly the only movie that is expected to be released EARLIER than anticipated. Keanu Reeves will be back on the big screen playing Neo in December 2021.

Reeves explained his decision to return “Lana Wachowski wrote a beautiful script and a wonderful story that resonated with me. That’s the only reason to do it.”

Carrie-Anne Moss is also back as Trinity, Daniel Bernhardt and Jada Pinkett Smith will reprise their roles as Agent Johnson and Niobe.

But what of the original Morpheus, Laurence Fishburne? He confirmed in August 2020 that he had not been invited to appear in the latest instalment. However, rumour has it Yahya Abdul-Mateen II would be playing a younger version of Morpheus.

Pop Culture fun fact; did you know that Will Smith was originally asked to play Neo in The Matrix but he turned it down to star in Wild Wild West, which was a box office flop. Also another fun but sad fact, Laurence Fishburne’s daughter is a porn star.

And this concludes our list! Do not hesitate to tell me in the comment section which film you are looking forward to the most and why. Personally I love biopics so I am excited to watch those.

For many of these big blockbuster films, there is almost no way studios would be able to make a profit on their films without releasing them into a normal theatre environment. One of the only movies released in theatres last year, Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, didn’t even make back its own production budget.

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