No Time To Die wasn’t the only studio film to get a bump to later in the year as there were a wave of release changes yesterday. The COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t seem to be letting up over the spring or possibly the summer meaning that theatrical releases are going to be further delayed.
Here is a rundown of those releases changes that took place over the week.
- Godzilla vs. Kong – March 26th, 2021 (moved up)
- Nobody – April 2nd, 2021
- BIOS – August 13th, 2021
- The Many Saints of Newark – September 24th, 2021
- No Time To Die – October 8th, 2021
- Last Night In Soho – October 22nd, 2021
- Antlers – October 29th, 2021
- Ghostbusters: Afterlife – November 11th, 2021
- Nightmare Alley – December 3rd, 2021
- Morbius – January 21st, 2022
- Uncharted – February 11th, 2022
- Ambulance – February 18th, 2022
We’re likely to get more release date changes in the coming weeks as summer movies alongside other spring films might be getting pushed later in the year or to 2022. I wouldn’t be terribly shocked if we saw new dates for films such big films as Black Widow, Shang-Chi & The Legend of The Ten Rings, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, Spider-Man 3, F9, The King’s Man, Top Gun: Maverick, Jungle Cruise and others.
I know people are going to assume that studios will simply throw these projects on streaming services, however, considering the large budgets involved they will be more interested in turning a profit than offloading the films from their slates, they are still businesses that need to generate revenue. Until we get those official announcements it seems a little premature to speculate which projects will end up on streaming as plenty of these releases escaped that fate in 2020 and might continue that in 2021.
I personally believe the best way to go is with reasonable prices for multiple digital renting and buying options along with great access to those choices. Having access to these films suck behind a paywall then given high price of $30 like with what Disney did with Mulan meant that Disney+ subscribers still had to pay a premium price alongside their monthly subscription. At the very least, they should have given a discount to subs asking for $10-20.
We’ll certainly update when further changes are announced.