Today, A Quiet Place Part II became the latest movie to postpone its release date — it was going to come out on March 8 — in light of the global pandemic of the Coronavirus, or COVID-19, which is affecting industries around the world. Director John Krasinski took to Instagram to break the news to fans:
This is very likely not the last movie or TV show to be affected like this. We thought we would catalog some of the news that’s already broken, and add new announcements as they come in.
- In reality shows, both Survivor and The Amazing Race have postponed their upcoming seasons. Series that require travel are immediately at risk.
- But the virus will affect other kinds of show, too. Riverdale is currently on hiatus because someone who works on the production — which films in Vancouver — came into contact with someone infected with COVID-19.
- A Quiet Place Part II isn’t the only film to have its release date pushed back due to the virus. The newest James Bond movie, No Time to Die, had its release delayed from April to November.
- Sony has pushed back the release date of Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway to August.
- It’s not just completed movies and shows that are being messed with. We’ve heard reports of production being delayed or halted on things like Mission: Impossible VII and Disney’s upcoming The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, although it’s unclear at this point if that’s going to affect the release dates of those projects.
- Plenty of big events have been cancelled or postponed over fear of the virus. These include SXSW in Austin, Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle and E3 in Los Angeles. Expect a lot more of that as things progress.
- CinemaCon 2020, an annual meeting between studios and theater owners, has been cancelled. It was going to happen in Las Vegas.
- The Nickelodeon’s Kid Choice Awards, which were going to be hosted by Chance the Rapper on March 22, have been postponed.
- The virus is affecting the world of sports, too. The NBA has suspended all games going forward, reportedly because of worries over the health of Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert.
- Obviously, concerts are hard hit by this, since they’re all about people gathering together in one place. Coachella and Stagecoach are both being pushed back to the fall. Bikini Kill and They Might Be Giants are postponing North American tours, while Pearl Jam suspended an opening leg of an upcoming tour.
And let’s remember the reason that all these events are projects being cancelled or postponed: to prevent people from contracting the virus. The idea that no one was immune came home when it was announced that acting legend Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson had been infected while in Australia. They are currently in treatment.
Please stay safe. Consult the CDC for best practices.
We’ll update this post with more cancellations as they come in.
- Fast And Furious 9 has been delayed until 2021.
- The 2020 March Madness tournament has been called off.
- Disneyland is closing temporarily.
- Disney has removed Mulan, New Mutants and Antlers from its release schedule, and it looking at other 2020 dates. There’s gonna be a whole lotta movies popping into theaters later this year.
- Shooting on Disney’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has shut down while director Destin Daniel Cretton awaits Coronavirus test results.
- The Masters, golf’s major tournament of the year, has been postponed due to the virus.
- Live Nation and AEG have announced the suspension of all major tours for the rest of March 2020. And BTS has BTS in South Korea. Music is over.
- Performances of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child are cancelled in San Francisco through March.
- Speaking of theater, all Broadway shows are suspended for at least the month of March.
- Production has been shut down on Lucifer and The Flash.
- Both Netflix and Disney have stopped production on all shows and movies. That includes the second season of The Witcher.
- Amazon has suspended production on its Wheel of Time series, at least in Prague. Same goes for its Lord of the Rings show in New Zealand.
- Filming on The Batman will shut down for two weeks.
- Universal has put a hold on live-action film production, including on Jurassic World: Dominion.
- FX has shut down production on Fargo season 4 starring Chris Rock, meaning it will no longer make its April 19 premiere date.
- Saturday Night Live has suspended production indefinitely.
- Production on the third Fantastic Beasts film has been postponed.
- Production on the Avatar sequels has halted.
- Black Widow has been delayed. It was originally going to hit theaters on May 1.
- Episodes of two Arrowverse shows on The CW, The Flash and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, have been delayed. New episodes of these shows are filmed as older ones are airing, which makes them different from premium cable shows like, say, Westworld, where all the episodes are done by the time the first one airs.
- Supernatural has gone on hiatus in the middle of its 15th and final season, although the executive producer assures fans that it will wrap up.
- The finale of The Walking Dead season 10 will not air on April 12 as planned, but will rather air “later in the year.”
- The Walking Dead: World Beyond, a new spinoff show, was supposed to premiere on April 12 right after the Walking Dead season 10 finale, but it’s not been delayed.
- The release date of Wonder Woman 1984 has been moved from June 5 to August 14.
- Ghostbusters: Afterlife was going to come out on July 10. Sony has pushed it back to March 5, 2021.
- Morbius, about the Spider-Man villain, played by Jared Leto, was going to come out on July 31. Sony has pushed it back to March 19, 2021.
h/t The A.V. Club