As expected more and more big Summer films are giving up on 2020 Summer and moving to Fall 2020 or in some cases moving to 2021!
Paramount’s “Top Gun: Maverick,” a sequel to Tom Cruise’s 1986 classic, is the latest summer movie to vacate its release date as theaters remain closed to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The anticipated follow-up was scheduled to debut June 24 and will now release Dec. 23, 2020.
As part of the release shake-up, Paramount has also moved “A Quiet Place Part II” — which the studio postponed last month — to Sept. 4, 2020. “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run,” an animated adventure based on the absorbent underwater fry cook, was originally slated to hit theaters on May 22 and will now bow July 31, 2020. Meanwhile sci-fi fantasy film “The Tomorrow War,” previously scheduled for Dec. 25, 2020, is now undated.
Sony recently delayed most of its summer slate, including “Morbius” and “Ghostbusters: Afterlife.” In recent weeks, Disney postponed “Black Widow” and “Mulan,” while Warner Bros. reshuffled “Wonder Woman 1984” and “In the Heights” and Universal halted “Minions: The Rise of Gru” and “Fast & Furious” entry “F9.”
The only question left is whether or not some studios will instead just choose release their films on digital or VOD. Rumors continue to circulate that two of this Summer’s most anticipated films, “Black Widow” could end up on Disney+ while “Wonder Woman 1984” could be a great way to get people to sign up for Warner Bros’ upcoming streaming service, HBO Max.