As 2021 is already turning out to be much less than the return to normality that many had hoped it would be, it should probably come as no surprise to learn of more major releases being pushed back.
Many films that were slated for a 2021 release – some of which we’ve covered here – have now officially been given new release dates later in the year, and some have been pushed back until 2022.
First off, we have No Time To Die, the latest Bond movie, and reportedly Daniel Craig’s last outing in the role. Already having been pushed back three times, this is the fourth (and hopefully final) delay. Slated for release on April 2, 2021, No Time To Die will now hopefully hit theaters on October 8 this year. MGM and Eon are no doubt hoping that the widespread rollout of vaccines will increase the movie’s chance for box office success.
On the heels of MGM’s announcement, Sony, not to be outdone, announced 5 new release dates for its upcoming movies.
The Kay Cannon-directed live-action fantasy Cinderella was originally set to hit theaters on February 5, but has now been pushed to July 16. This bumps video game adaptation Uncharted from its summer slot to a February 2022 release.
Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway has been knocked from its planned Easter release to June 11, which in turn has seen Ghostbusters: Afterlife bumped back to mid-November. Sony also announced that Marvel’s Morbius, starring Jared Leto as the titular vampiric anti-hero has seen its second delay, now slated for a January 2022 release.
These moves tell us that Sony is intent on its movies being major box-office draws and holding out for full theatrical releases, which, while admirable, is more than a little upsetting for their patient fans, who now have even longer to wait.
Slightly less understandable is the news that Disney have once again delayed The King’s Man‘s release. A prequel to the Kingsman franchise, the movie was actually made and set for release in 2019, prior to Disney’s acquisition of Fox, but in a bid to ensure they weren’t having their movies compete against one another, The King’s Man was pushed for a planned 2020 release, and was later set to hit theaters March 12 of this year. Now, Disney have pushed it back again, and we’re now told we can expect an August release – although we certainly won’t be holding our breath.