Well, it looks like Hollywood is finally ready to throw in the towel on the 2020 moviegoing year and acknowledge that a potential comeback for U.S. movie theatres will have to wait until next year. With the U.S. setting a new daily record for new COVID-19 cases yesterday, Disney has quietly pulled the upcoming 20th Century Studios releases Free Guy and Death on the Nile from their release schedule. They were among the few major studio films still scheduled to hit theatres before the end of the year but this seems like a pretty strong indication that the other remaining titles (in particular, Wonder Woman 1984) will soon follow suit. Hit the jump for more details.
According to Variety, theatrical releases for Free Guy and Death on the Nile have been postponed indefinitely. The movies were scheduled to hit theatres on Dec. 11th and 18th respectively but no new dates have been announced at this time. Both movies were originally Fox projects and it seemed like Disney was willing to take a chance on putting them in theatres even when full-blown Disney productions were not being considered. Alas, the situation has only worsened, making it impossible for them to take that risk.
The only remaining studio releases scheduled for this year are the Blumhouse horror-comedy Freaky, which arrives next weekend, The Croods: A New Age on Nov. 25th, Wonder Woman 1984 on Christmas Day and Monster Hunter on Dec. 30th. It now seems very unlikely that Wonder Woman 1984 will hold onto that date and after the disappointing performance of Tenet, Warner Brothers probably aren’t eager to be the saviours of cinema again. That being said, Christopher Nolan’s movie has made $293 million internationally and maybe that is an indication that it is still worth releasing blockbusters in other parts of the world. (Certainly, that is Sony’s hope for Monster Hunter.) Do you think we’ll see any other major releases in theatres this year?