Top Gun: Maverick, James Bond, And More Get New Release Dates After Being Postponed Due To COVID-19

Top Gun: Maverick, James Bond, And More Get New Release Dates After Being Postponed Due To COVID-19
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The COVID-19 pandemic has pretty much shut down the movie industry as people around the globe are under shelter-in-place and stay-at-home orders, which means movie theaters are closed and film production has grinded to a halt. After numerous cancelations of upcoming premieres, many of those films have announced new release dates with hope that the pandemic will be over by the end of the summer.

The first domino to fall in the Hollywood shutdown was the suspension of Mission: Impossible 7’s filming schedule in Italy back in February. Since then, nearly every movie and TV show has pushed back their filming schedules and studios have stopped releasing films at the box office. One of the films to have its release postponed was A Quiet Place Part II , which was supposed to hit theaters in March.

“One of the things I’m most proud of is that people have said our movie is one you have to see all together,” writer and director John Krasinski tweeted on March 12th. “Well due to the ever-changing circumstances of what’s clearly going on in the world around us, now is clearly not the right time to do that.”

Krasinski added that he was insanely excited for fans to see the sequel, but he would wait to release it when everyone can see it together.

Instead of delaying some of their films or releasing them “into a challenged distribution landscape,” Universal Pictures announced in March that Emma, Invisible Man , and The Hunt would be available on-demand so people could watch them at home.

“We hope and believe that people will still go to the movies in theaters where available, but we understand that for people in different areas of the world that is increasingly becoming less possible,” Jeff Shell, NBCUniversal CEO, told Variety .

Many films that are waiting for their premiere have announced new dates for their theatrical release, with the assumption that the coronavirus pandemic will have passed by the dates listed. Below are the movies that have announced new release dates so far:

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run
Original Date: May 22, 2020
New Release: July 31, 2020

A Quiet Place Part II
Original Date: March 20, 2020
New Release: September 4, 2020

James Bond: No Time to Die
Original Date: April 10, 2020
New Release: November 25, 2020

Top Gun: Maverick
Original Date: June 24, 2020
New Release: December 23, 2020

Fast & Furious: F9
Original Date: May 22, 2020
New Release: April 21, 2021

Minions 2: The Rise of Gru
Original Date: July 3, 2020
New Release: July 2, 2021

Sing 2
Original Date: July 2, 2021
New Release: December 22, 2021

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