Updated: Release Calendar Reshuffle

Updated 03/31/20 – Updated to reflect Sony pretty much abandoning any Summer 2020 releases.
Updated 04/02/20 – Updated Marvel and Disney’s latest schedule changes.

With movie theaters closed and the country either under quarantine or at least practicing social distancing, the 2020 movie release calendar has been thrown into disarray. Numerous releases have been postponed to later in the year, cancelled indefinitely or shifted to entirely to home video options.

Starting with the latest James Bond franchise installment, No Time To Die, big ticket blockbusters and small indie films alike have shifted their release dates to further in the year or even next year as cinema closures in China and Italy signaled the reality of significant box office losses internationally. Once theaters in the US started closing theaters with no sure date of their reopening and the scramble was on for studios to figure out how to best reposition their product.

But it is not just completed films that are scrambling for new release dates. The effect ripples all the way back through the production pipeline as work grinds to a halt due to people sheltering at home or in quarantine. Films like the upcoming musical In The Heights had to shut down while in the middle of recording its score. Dozens of films in the midst of shooting, from Matt Reeves’s The Batman to Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel suspended production with filming only partially complete, dispersing cast and crew home to safety.

Not every delayed project has had their release rescheduled yet. With the uncertainty of when it will be safe to reschedule the resumption of work, producers and studios simply can’t make those decisions yet. The impact of this pandemic on Hollywood and the entertainment industry will be seen for at least 18 months after everyone has been given the all clear to resume their lives.

In the meantime, below is a compilation of all the films that have already had their release dates changed or moved from theatrical to some sort of video on demand. We will update as more are announced. The most recent schedule changes are highlighted in yellow.

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A film fan since he first saw that Rebel Blockade Runner fleeing the massive Imperial Star Destroyer at the tender age of 8 and a veteran freelance journalist with twenty-five years experience writing about film and pop culture. He is a member of the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle.
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