The Coronavirus is real everyone and it’s scaring big time events to either rethink how they go about their upcoming shows or just frankly shut down altogether. Two events in recent weeks have already altered its plans regarding this year. Seattle’s Emerald Comic Con which was supposed to take place in March has been moved to the Summer and the popular Austin event SXSW has been shut down over the scare.
Some upcoming big events are now possibly being forced to alter their dates or ponder not having it altogether. The country festival Stagecoach, Musical festival Coachella, WrestleMania 36, and even Anaheim’s Wondercon could all possibly be in trouble.
WrestleMania 36 which takes place in Tampa FL. has the highest risk of changing location due to the virus having a big impact in the area. But owner Vince McMahon has said the event will not change its plans.
Chinese exhibitors will not attend CinemaCon 2020, the movie industry’s annual trade show, in Las Vegas. The event is set to take place as planned March 30-April 2 at Caesars Palace, though organizers are enhancing “health and sanitation” measures for the convention and maintaining “daily communication” with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to the CinemaCon website.
San Francisco’s 2020 Game Developers Conference, a professional gathering for interactive industry members set for March 16-20, has been scrapped after multiple participants pulled out. Microsoft, Sony Interactive Entertainment, Electronic Arts, Facebook Gaming, Unity, Amazon and Activision Blizzard were among the top gaming companies that canceled.
Venice’s famed Carnival, which had been set to run Feb. 8-25, ended prematurely on Feb. 19.
FILMART 2020, the Hong Kong International Film & TV Market, now will be held Aug. 27-29 instead of the originally scheduled stretch in late March. It is the most significant film market in Asia.
DC, the home of Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman and more, will not send staffers to comics conventions in March. The company says it will assess attendance at conventions case by case.
The forthcoming release of “No Time to Die,” Daniel Craig’s final film in the James Bond franchise, has been postponed until November, according to MGM, Universal and Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. The movie, previously slated to debut in the U.S. on April 10, now will hit theaters Nov. 25.
China releases for Paramount’s “Sonic the Hedgehog,” Universal’s “1917,”Searchlight’s “Jojo Rabbit” and Universal’s “Dolittle” have been postponed indefinitely. Should precautions related to the outbreak persist, forthcoming titles including Sony Pictures’ “Bloodshot” could also be at risk.
Production on Paramount’s latest “Mission: Impossible” project has been delayed. The action flick, starring Tom Cruise, was set to film on location in Italy, which has seen one of the largest outbreaks outside Asia. The seventh film in the franchise is scheduled to hit theaters in July 2021.
BTS, Green Day, Khalid, New Order, Pentatonix, Stormzy, Mariah Carey, Avril Lavigne, Louis Tomlinson and Testament are among the many music acts who have called off or postponed tour dates and performances in Asia, Italy and Hawaii.