One day, we shall tell our grandchildren stories of these mythical picture halls where we would gather with our fellow man to view moving picture tales of high adventure, of love, and loss, of explosions and aliens and car chases, of heroism and villainy. Before the dark times. Before they all closed down.
Disney has already shifted its slate once more. Warner Bros. have started to hint that, while Tenet will definitely come to a big screen, they are starting to see the benefits of PVOD releases for everything and not ruling out Wonder Woman 1984 from this approach. Universal have already attracted the ire of the National Association of Theater Owners (NATO) for Trolls World Tour among others. No Time To Die is going to move out again to 2021.
Now Paramount is the latest to say “Screw it!” to 2020 and just going all in on next year instead.
John Krasinski’s horror sequel A Quiet Place Part II is first to shift for them. It moves from September 4th 2020 to April 23rd 2021. Tom Cruise sequel Top Gun: Maverick gives up on Christmas 2020 and moves out to July 1st 2021. This means both movies are now opening one year later than their original date.
The Tom Clancy adaption Without Remorse, starring Michael B. Jordan in the John Clark role, was due to be released in theaters in December of this year. Not anymore. Amazon Studios is now in final negotiations to buy worldwide rights to the feature for distribution on Amazon Prime alongside their smash-hit Jack Ryan series.
AMC have delayed their mass openings with the news that Tenet is no longer coming this summer. Studios have billions of dollars in product sitting on their shelves and have zero income from the investment. This cannot continue and Without Remorse may well be the canary in the coalmine for many of them.
Meanwhile the head of NATO (the other one!) cries softly into his morning newspaper.