The coronavirus outbreak that has started in China at the end of 2019 has turned into a global pandemic. Almost the whole of Europe is closed, international travel is restricted and people are locked in their homes.
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What seemed like a normal virus outbreak, turned into one of the biggest pandemics of the 21st century. This issue is affecting the day-to-day lives of millions of people worldwide. The majority of the businesses are slowly but surely taking steps to prevent the virus from spreading. They are closing offices, retail stores, and shopping malls.
As the majority of governments closed down public gatherings and attractions even the film studios had no other choice than to postpone their movies.
If people can’t go to the theaters’ what’s the point of releasing them, right?
And what movies are affected and postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic?
The 5 most anticipated spring movies that will be postponed due to coronavirus pandemic.
A Quiet Place Part II: original release date 18th of March – new release date TBA
Even though the spring is about positivity and colors, the first movie that will hit the theaters will be a horror.
A Quiet Place Part II is a sequel to the well known and very successful first part Quiet Place (worldwide gross $340,939,361) from 2018.
Both movies were written, produced and directed by John Krasinski, the American filmmaker, and actor.
A Quiet Place Part II – the cast
- Emily Blunt – Evelyn Abbott
- Cillian Murphy – Emmett
- Millicent Simmonds – Regan Abbott
- Noah Jupe – Marcus Abbott
- Djimon Hounsou
- John Krasinski – Lee Abbot
Official plot: “Following the deadly events at home, the Abbott family must now face the terrors of the outside world as they continue their fight for survival in silence. Forced to venture into the unknown, they quickly realize that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path.” – Paramount Pictures
Mulan: original release date 27th of March – new release date TBA
Mulan is actually a well-known name and we had a chance to see it already. The first animated movie from 1998 was based on a legend of Hua Mulan and was produced by Walt Disney Animated Studios. It was then followed by a sequel called Mulan II that was released directly to the video. Meaning, it never hit the theaters.
So why should you care about the new Mulan? The new version of Mulan is the first live-action movie from the Mulan franchise.
It had a production budget between 290-300 million dollars that is well enough to produce a highly engaging and well-looking blockbuster.
The movie is directed by Niki Caro, film director, and screenwriter from New Zealand. Thanks to this role, she became only a second female director from New Zealand directing a movie with a production budget above 100 million dollars.
Mulan is filled with great actors like Liu Yifei (Hua Mulan), Donnie Yen (Commander tung), Jason Scott Lee (Bori Khan) or the kungfu action-movie superstar Jet Li (The Emperor of China).
Mulan – the cast.
- Liu Yifei – Hua Mulan
- Donnie Yen – Commander Tung
- Jason Scott Lee – Bori Khan
- Yoson An – Chen Honghui
- Gong Li – Xian Lang
- Jet Li – The Emperor of China
- Tzi Ma – Hua Zhou
- Rosalind Chao – Hua Li
Official plot: When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Chinese Army to defend the country from Huns, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. She is spirited, determined and quick on her feet. Disguised as a man by the name of Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must harness her innermost strength and embrace her true potential. It is an epic journey that will transform her into an honored warrior and earn her the respect of a grateful nation…and a proud father. – Walt Disney Pictures
The New Mutants: original release date 3rd of April – new release date TBA
Moving of the release dates might be new for the rest of the movies, but not for The New Mutants. This will be actually the fourth time that it has been postponed.
The movie is based on a Marvel Comics and distributed by 20th Century Studios. It is directed by Josh Boone, an American film director, and screenwriter and produced by Simon Kinberg who is well known for his work on the X-Men franchise.
The New Mutants – the cast.
- Maisie Williams – Rahne Sinclair / Wolfsbane
- Anya Taylor-Joy – Illyana Rasputin / Magik
- Charlie Heaton – Sam Guthrie / Cannonball
- Alice Braga – Cecilia Reyes
- Blu Hunt – Danielle Moonstar / Mirage
- Henry Zaga – Roberto da Costa / Sunspot
Official plot: Five young mutants, just discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will, fight to escape their past sins and save themselves. – IMDB
No Time To Die: original release date 10th of April – new release date 12th (UK) and 25th (USA) of November
One of the first movies that were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic was the new James Bond movie.
On the 4th of March, the MGM and Eon Production announced that the No Time To Die will be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic until 12th (UK) respectively 25th (USA) of November.
The 25th movie from the James Bond franchise is the last movie that will star Daniel Craig as the 007 agents.
No Time To Die is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, an American film and television director. He directed an award-winning drama Beasts of No Nation but also the first part of It horror movie.
The official movie soundtrack is composed by Hans Zimmer after the original composer Dan Romer left the production. The official No Time To Die theme song is performed by Billie Eilish.
No Time To Die – the cast.
- Daniel Craig – James Bond
- Rami Malek – Safin
- Léa Seydoux – Dr. Madeleine Swann
- Lashana Lynch – Nomi
- Ben Whishaw – Q
- Naomie Harris – Eve Moneypenny
- Jeffrey Wright – Felix Leiter
- Christoph Waltz – Ernst Stavro Blofeld
- Ralph Fiennes – M
Official plot: Five years after the capture of Ernst Stavro Blofeld, James Bond has left active service. He is approached by Felix Leiter, his friend, and a CIA officer, who enlists his help in the search for Valdo Obruchev, a missing scientist. When it becomes apparent that Obruchev was abducted, Bond must confront a danger the likes of which the world has never seen before. – Wikipedia
Fast Furious F9: original release date 22nd of May – new release date 2nd of April 2021
One of the biggest shifts in the release dates is definitely the postponing of the new F9 movie (Fast & Furious 9).
The Universal Pictures studio moved to the movie from the 22nd of May 2020 to the 2nd of April 2021. Making it the biggest change in release dates due to coronavirus pandemic so far.
F9 is directed by Justin Lin who has returned to the Fast & Furious franchise after 7 years long break. He previously directed the other 4 Fast & Furious movies. The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift in 2006, Fast & Furious in 2009, Fast Five in 2011 and Fast & Furious 6 in 2013.
Thanks to his excellent work and vision the movie franchise became one of the biggest action movie franchises in the world. Only his movies earned 1,9 billion US dollars in the box offices.
Fast Furious F9 – the cast.
- Vin Diesel – Dominic Toretto
- Michelle Rodriguez – Letty Ortiz
- Tyrese Gibson – Roman Pearce
- Chris “Ludacris” Bridges – Tej Parker
- John Cena – Jakob Toretto
- Jordana Brewster – Mia Toretto
- Nathalie Emmanuel – Ramsey
- Sung Kang – Han Lue
- Helen Mirren – Magdalene Shaw
- Charlize Theron – Cipher
Official plot: After the events of The Fate of the Furious (2017), Dominic Toretto and his family must face Dominic’s younger brother Jakob, a deadly assassin, who is working with their old enemy Cipher, and who holds a personal vendetta against Dominic. – Wikipedia
Other movies postponed due to coronavirus pandemic are:
- My Spy: Release moved from March 13 to April 17
- Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway: Release moved from April 3 to August 7
- The Lovebirds: Release moved from April 3, new release date TBA
- Blue Story: Release moved from March 20, new release date TBA
- Antlers: Release moved from April 17, new release date TBA