Well folks, that’s it. H1 2021 is also a cinematic bust. As expected, the major movies have shifted again. Warner Bros. HBO Max strategy is looking more and more prescient as the industry declares it has zero confidence in a post Coronavirus recovery for theaters this side of the summer.
As long rumored and expected MGM has delayed No Time To Die again. This will now open six years after Spectre and historical Bond fans will not take long to realize this is close to the gap between Licence To Kill in 1989 and GoldenEye in 1995. Originally due in April 2020, this will now open on 8th October 2021. A year and a half late.
Sony has bounced Cinderella (16th July), Peter Rabbit 2 (June 11th) and Ghostbusters Afterlife (11th November). Uncharted will exit 2021 altogether and will now arrive on 11th February 2022. Morbius is out to 21st Jan 2022.
Black Widow, Free Guy, A Quiet Place II, F9: The Fast Saga, The King’s Man, Cruella and Venom 2 are all now expected to also vacate their H1 2021 slots.
Everybody else, just get in a damn room and thrash out a PVOD release schedule across all platforms with revenue sharing and consistent, tiered price points. It can’t really be that hard can it? Oh… of course it can, this is Hollywood, land of the idiots.