Movies still coming to theaters in 2020 and what’s been delayed to 2021

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These are dark times for your local movie theaters. In a business that is known for never closing its doors, the entire industry is taking a huge hit with the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Theaters are reopening, including huge chains like AMC and Regal, but studios have quickly reshuffled the release dates of its upcoming movies.

So what will happen to 2020’s biggest blockbusters? In the case of titles like “The New Mutants” and “Tenet,” they have gone forward and opened in theaters, but not to a big reception. In the US, “New Mutants” brought in $17.8 million and “Tenet” brought in $36 million.

Meanwhile, almost all the big titles — “No Time to Die,” “Black Widow,” “F9,” “Jungle Book,” and “The Eternals” — have moved to 2021. Other films have gone to a streaming service: “The Lovebrids” (Netflix), “Atremis Fowl” (Disney Plus), “My Spy” (Amazon Prime Video), “Greyhound” (Apple TV), “The One and Only Ivan” (Disney Plus), and in a shocking development, “Mulan” (Disney Plus).

Only “Dune” and “Wonder Woman 1984” make up the major titles that are still slated to come out in 2020.

Here are 15 movies on the 2020 theatrical release slate that we are still excited about. Also listed are the titles affected by the coronavirus that we will hopefully see before the year is over.

Note: This post was originally published on March 17 and will be updated as movie releases continue to be impacted by the coronavirus.

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2020 RELEASE SLATE — SO FAR:

“Trolls World Tour” – April 10 (Also available On Demand)

Universal announced Monday that this animated movie will not just open in theaters, but also be available On Demand.

This is the first time a movie from a major studio releases a title as a day-and-date.

“Unhinged” – August 21

Russell Crowe plays a guy who is having a bad day. And then while in traffic he gets honked at. Big mistake. The movie has been touted as the first big release post COVID, but we’re still waiting. It has jumped release dates from July 1, July 10, and July 31. It will now open in August.

“Bill & Ted Face the Music” – August 28 (Also available On Demand)

Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter return to play the popular time-traveling characters they brought into the world back in the late 1980s. The movie moved up a week to theaters from its original August 21 release date. Now its moved again.

“The New Mutants” – August 28

My goodness, this movie just can’t catch a break.

Preproduction on this began back in 2017 with a release date set in April 2018. After a slew of release date changes, the studio that made the movie, 20th Century Fox, was bought by Disney. The most recent news was this X-Men spin-off was to finally come out on April 3, 2020.

But then the coronavirus happened. Now it’s trying to come out in August.

“Tenet” – September 3

Christopher Nolan’s latest anticipated title is a spy thriller, a time travel movie, and is all set around the possibility of World War 3.

John David Washington, Robert Pattinson and Nolan regular Michael Caine star. The movie was originally to open on July 17, then August 12, now Warner Bros. says it will open in over 70 countries internationally on August 26 and in the US September 3.

“The Broken Hearts Gallery” – September 11

Lucy (Geraldine Viswanathan) is an art gallery assistant who after getting dumped by her latest boyfriend decides to create a pop-up space for items love has left behind. It leads to an inspirational trend for all hopeless romantics. The movie was originally to open in early July, then August 7, now it’s TBD.

“Connected” – October 23

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller once more put on their producing hats to team with Sony for another animated movie. This time, they follow a family who needs to save the world after a tech uprising.

Last time Lord, Miller, and Sony worked together they won an Oscar for “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.”

“Soul” – November 20

Pixar will try to rebound from the underperformance of “Onward” with this celebration of music and the human spirit. It was originally to open in June.

“Happiest Season” – November 25

This romantic comedy follows Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis playing a loving couple who get in a spat when it’s revealed at a family party that one of them hasn’t yet come out to her parents.

“Free Guy” – December 11

Ryan Reynolds discovers he’s an NPC (non-player character) in a video game. Get ready for laughs and action. The movie also stars Taika Waititi, Jodi Comer, and “Stranger Things” star Joe Keery. The movie originally was to open in August.

“Dune” – December 18

The latest adaptation of the famous Frank Herbert novel stars Timothée Chalamet, Josh Brolin, Oscar Isaac, Jason Momoa, and Zendaya.

“Coming 2 America” – December 18

Eddie Murphy returns for the much-anticipated sequel to “Coming to America.”

“Death of the Nile” – December 18

Kenneth Branagh directs and returns as Agatha Christie’s popular detective Hercule Poirot in this whodunit sequel to “Murder on the Orient Express.”

This time, stars include Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Annette Bening, and “Black Panther” star Letitia Wright. It previously had an October release date.

“News of the World” – December 25

Tom Hanks teams once more with director Paul Greengrass (“Captain Phillips”) for a western about a man (Hanks) who travels the west bringing news of the world to local towns.

“Wonder Woman 1984” – December 25

We meet up with Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) in the 1980s for the sequel. And Chris Pine returns as Steve Trevor! The movie was originally to open June 5, but was moved to August due to the coronavirus. Then October. Now it’s Christmas day.

2021 RELEASE SLATE:

“Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway” – January 15

This wacky sequel to the surprise original hit had to first move its release date April  to August due to the coronavirus. Now it won’t open until 2021.

“Antlers” – February 19

This spooky thriller starring Keri Russell and Jesse Plemons being released by Searchlight Pictures was to open on April 17, 2020.

“Nobody” – February 19

Bob Odenkirk plays a regular guy who takes action when he stands up for a woman being harassed by a group of guys (who turn out to be part of a drug cartel). This is basically Odenkirk’s “John Wick” movie. It was originally to open August 14. The movie has moved from February 26 up to February 19.

“The King’s Man” – February 26

The slick super-spy “Kingsman” franchise now gets a prequel. It was originally to open in September 2020.

“Without Remorse” – February 26

The latest Hollywood adaptation of a Tom Clancy novel stars Michael B. Jordan as a Navy SEAL out to avenge his wife’s murder. It was originally to open September 18. Then moved to October 2. Now it’s in early 2021.

“Ghostbusters: Afterlife” – March 5

Jason Reitman, whose father Ivan made the original “Ghostbusters” movie, is the latest director to try to relaunch the comedy franchise.

Original Ghostbusters Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson return. The movie also stars Paul Rudd, Carrie Coon, and “Stranger Things” star Finn Wolfhard.

The movie was originally supposed to open on July 10, 2020.

“Raya and the Last Dragon” – March 12

This Disney animated movie follows a warrior named Raya who is in search of the last dragon. The movie was originally to open in November

“Morbius” – March 19

The latest Marvel character to hit the big screen is this one in which Jared Leto plays the living vampire. The movie was originally to open on July 31, 2020.

“No Time to Die” – April 2

Daniel Craig is back one last time to play James Bond. And boy has it been a process to get to the finish line. A director change, on-set injury by Craig, and now the coronavirus changing the movie’s release date has kept this movie from audiences. It had a November 20, 2020 date previously to it coming out now in April 2021.

“Bios” – April 16

Tom Hanks plays Finch, who has been living underground for a decade following a solar event that has left the world a wasteland. Falling ill, Fince creates a robot to help him in his quest to find a way for his beloved dog to be taken care of after he’s gone. The movie was originally to open in October 2020.

“A Quiet Place Part II” – April 23

John Krasinski’s sequel to his surprise hit movie was originally going to open March 20, but due to the coronavirus, the release was pulled.

According to a tweet by Krasinski, the film will open “once we have a better understanding of the impact of this pandemic.” It looks like the hope is by September all will be well. It’s now being moved to 2021.

“Black Widow” – May 7

This was one of the last titles Disney moved off its release schedule due to the coronavirus. The Marvel title was originally to open May 2020. Then it moved to November. Now it’s May 2021.

“Godzilla vs. Kong” – May 21

It’s finally going to happen. After movies showing the might of King Kong and Godzilla, the two will finally face off in an ultimate monster battle. The movie was originally to open in November 2020.

“F9” – April 2

The “Fast and Furious” saga hits movie number nine. This time John Cena is in on the fun. And It will mark the return of Han. This was the first blockbuster to move its date once the coronavirus hit. It was to be April 2, 2021. After “No Time to Die” moved on the date, it shifted to the current one.

“Infinite” – May 28

Director Antoine Fuqua (“The Equalizer” movies) teams with Mark Wahlberg in which he plays a man who learns that his hallucinations are in fact visions from the past. The movie was originally to open in August 2020.

“In the Heights”- June 18

Jon M. Chu, director of “Crazy Rich Asians,” brings Lin-Manuel Miranda’s play to the screen. But we will have to wait to see it. The movie was originally to open June 26, 2020.

“Jungle Cruise” – June 20

This is the latest Disney ride to get the movie treatment. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Emily Blunt lead us through this action-comedy. The movie was originally supposed to open on July 24, 2020.

“Venom: Let There Be Carnage” – June 25

Tom Hardy returns to play the Marvel villain, and this time Andy Serkis is the director. It was originally to open October 2020.

“Minions: The Rise of Gru” – July 2

The lovable minions were to team again with Steve Carell (who voices the supervillain character, Gru) for a big July 4th weekend release in 2020. Now it will do it in 2021.

“Top Gun: Maverick” – July 2

Tom Cruise returns to play hotshot pilot “Maverick.” The cast also includes Jon Hamm, Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller, Ed Harris, and Val Kilmer reprising his role as “Ice Man.” The movie was originally to open in June. Then it had a December 23, 2020 release. Now it will open in 2021.

“The Forever Purge” – July 9

The latest movie in this successful horror franchise from Blumhouse Productions will return. The movie was to open July 10, 2020, then Universal said it would be “redated at a later time,” now it’s July 2021.

“Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar” – July 16

Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, who previously teamed on writing the hit “Bridesmaids,” are sharing writing credits again for this comedy that they both star in. Originally the movie was to open July 31, 2020.

“The Tomorrow War” – July 23

Chris Pratt plays a man drafted to fight in a war that can only be won in his ability to correct his past. Betty Gilpin and J.K. Simmons also star. The movie was originally to open in December 2020.

“Deep Water” – August 13

It’s the movie where reported couple Ben Affleck and “Bond” star Ana de Armas hit it off. It was to open in November 2020.

“The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard” – August 20

Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson return for the sequel to the 2017 action-comedy. Originally it was to open on August 28, 2020.

“The Man from Toronto” – September 17

Woody Harrelson plays the world’s deadliest assassin. Kevin Hart plays a guy who is not that at all. But somehow they get mistaken at an Airbnb rental. It was originally to release in November 2020.

“Halloween Kills” – October 15

Legendary horror character Michael Myers returns in this sequel to the latest reboot of the franchise. It was originally to open October 16, 2020.

“The Last Duel” – October 15

In this movie, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are going to share the same screen for the first time since 1999’s “Dogma.” The duo also share screenwriting credits. The last time they did that they won Oscars for penning “Good Will Hunting.”

The movie was to originally open Christmas Day 2020.

“Eternals” – November 5

Marvel’s look at a race of immortal beings stars Angelina Jolie, Kit Harrington, Salma Hayek, Kumail Nanjiani, Richard Madden, and Brian Tyree Henry. The movie was originally to open in November 2020. Then it was going to be February 2021.

“West Side Story” – December 10

Steven Spielberg adapts the famous musical, which stars Ansel Elgort. The movie was to open December of 2020.

“King Richard” – November 19

What is certain to receive Oscar consideration, Will Smith plays Richard Williams, the driven father who made his daughters Venus and Serena Williams into tennis superstars. It was originally to open November 25, 2020.

MOVIES WITHOUT RELEASE DATE DUE TO CORONAVIRUS:

“Candyman”

Jordan Peele co-wrote and produced this “spiritual sequel” to the classic 1992 horror. The movie was originally to open in June, then had a September 25 release date for a while. The movie then moved to October. Now it’s just set for TBD 2021.

“The French Dispatch”

Wes Anderson’s latest movie surrounds around a group of American journalists living in France.

Elisabeth Moss, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Willem Dafoe, Timothée Chalamet, and Saoirse Ronan star. The movie originally was to open July 24. Then it had a October 16 date. Now it’s unknown when it will open.


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