HOLLYWOOD RE-SHUFFLE
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Hollywood is Busy Shuffling the 2020/2021 Release Schedule Because of Corvid-19

With movie theaters closed and Hollywood unsure of when they will reopen, many of the films set to release or currently in production have been delayed. At this time it remains unclear when some of the biggest titles for 2020 will debut. The Walt Disney Co. on March 17 indefinitely delayed the release of Marvel's "Black Widow," which was slated for a May 1 premiere. The film joined Disney's "Mulan," Universal Pictures' "Minions: The Rise of Gru" and Paramount Pictures' "A Quiet Place Part II" in release limbo because of the pandemic. The "Black Widow" delay could have a domino effect on upcoming release dates for other Marvel Cinematic Universe theatricals and related programming on streaming service Disney+. He noted that Marvel's storylines are all interrelated and content plays off preceding stories to a large extent. Warner Bros. announced that it would delay the release of Wonder Woman 1984 from June 5 to August 14. The studio also pulled three films from its release schedule: In the Heights, an adaptation of the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical originally scheduled for a June 26 release; Scoob, a Scooby-Doo animated film originally scheduled for May 15; and Malignant, a thriller from Aquaman director James Wan that had originally been scheduled for August 14. On March 30, Sony announced almost all of its summer tentpole films would be delayed until late 2020 or early 2021. Kevin Hartís Fatherhood, Jared Letoís Morbius, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Uncharted, and the previously-delayed Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway are all being pushed back. The only film that appeared unaffected was the Spider-Man: Far From Home sequel, which is still set for theatrical release on this July 16. If patrons are allowed to return to movie theaters in large numbers by late May or early June, the studios may work the delayed films into the existing late 2020 release schedule. There are unfilled slots is theater booking schedules beginning in late August and into September and October. There also may room during the fourth-quarter holidays. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. has staked the Thanksgiving weekend for its delayed James Bond film, "No Time to Die." Disney's "Mulan" could fit well in December for a Christmas release. Beyond this year some studios have already opted to push delayed 2020 releases into 2021. "F9," the ninth incarnation of Universal's "Fast & Furious" franchise, now set for an April 2, 2021 opening.

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