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Disney Postpones Release of Animated Films Soul, Raya and the Last Dragon


UPDATE, April 13, 2020: This story has been updated with the latest information available.

Concerns over the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) has led to the closure of Disneyland, the cancellation of E3, the suspension of the NBA and NHL seasons, the postponement of WonderCon, and many more events that have been either axed entirely or delayed until a later date. On top of this, many movies’ releases have also been pushed back, a trend that began earlier this month with the delay of Daniel Craig’s final James Bond film, No Time to Die.

More studios have since followed suit, including Paramount, Universal, and Disney. Additionally, networks and studios have suspended or delayed filming on many major films and TV shows that are currently in production, and we also have a running list of all the shows and movies facing production delays at the bottom of this post. First, here’s a quick look at all the movies that have been postponed (for far) in order to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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Every Movie Release Date Delayed Because of Coronavirus

Fast & Furious 9

The biggest push back, so far, has been Fast 9’s one-year delay. Universal has stated that the latest Fast & Furious franchise installment, which was originally set for a release this May, will now be released in April 2021. In a statement to IGN, Universal Pictures confirmed that “We are moving the global release date to April 2021, with North America opening on April 2.”

No Time to Die

NO TIME TO DIENo Time to Die, James Bond’s latest film, has been delayed until November 2020 “after careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace.” The film will now be released in theaters on November 12, 2020, in the U.K. and on November 25, 2020, in the US.


mulanDisney announced in March that its live-action remake of Mulan had been indefinitely delayed from its original release date of March 27. It has now been given a new release date of July 24.

A Quiet Place: Part II

A-Quiet-Place-2-Teaser-TrailerJust a week out from its release, writer-director John Krasinski announced on Twitter that A Quiet Place: Part II has been delayed. Paramount has rescheduled the sequel for September 4, 2020.

The Lovebirds

EObSgqsUEAAPRW2Paramount has pushed back its theatrical release for The Lovebirds, a romantic action-comedy starring Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae that was scheduled for release on April 3. No new date has been given at this time.

The New Mutants

disney-will-release-a-new-trailer-for-marvels-the-new-mutants-next-month-socialSadly, after years of sitting on the shelf, and then finally getting a release date, The New Mutants’ premiere has been postponed indefinitely. The film was due out on April 3. Disney is said to be looking at new potential 2020 release dates to be announced at a later date.


antlers-movieDisney is also delaying the release of their Searchlight horror title Antlers, which was slated to open April 17. No new release date has been given yet.

Blue Story

https---cdn.cnn.com-cnnnext-dam-assets-191125113338-02-blue-story-film-grabParamount’s Blue Story, directed by Andrew Onwubolu, centers on two London youths whose lives are scarred by gang warfare. The film was to be released on March 20 but now is another title with no current date set.

Black Widow and the MCU

black-widow-poster-1567701141778Marvel and Disney postponed the next MCU film, Black Widow, in March. It was previously scheduled for release on May 1 in the U.S. The first solo film for Scarlett Johanson’s Black Widow character, the film now has a November 6 release date. That was previously Marvel’s Eternals’ spot. Essentially, what has happened as a result of Black Widow’s delay is all of the current Marvel films are also getting bumped. Eternals now moves to Feb. 12, 2021, which was Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ old date. Shang-Chi gets May 7, 2021, which was Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ old date. Doctor Strange 2 moves to Nov. 5, 2021, which was where Thor: Love and Thunder used to sit. The fourth Thor movie now moves to Feb. 18, 2022, which was previously held for an untitled Marvel movie. Meanwhile, Black Panther 2 still has its May 8, 2022 perch and Captain Marvel 2 is now set for July 8, 2022, which the studio had previously claimed for a TBD title.


od-d28-06227-cr3-1The Saw franchise continuation/reboot starring Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson was slated to open May 15, but Lionsgate has removed it from the release calendar. No new date has been set yet. The horror film is directed by Saw series veteran Darren Lynn Bousman.

The Spongebob Movie: Sponge On The Run

spongebob-sponge-on-the-run-1573755009689Paramount’s The Spongebob Movie: Sponge On The Run has shifted from its original May 22 release date to July 31.


antebullumJanelle Monáe stars in this mind-bending horror-thriller that appears to take place in both the past and the present. The film was slated to open April 24 but Lionsgate has now bumped it from that date for the time being.

Minions: The Rise of Gru

minions-ROGAfter Universal initially announced that they would be unable to finish the Minions sequel in tie for its original July 2020 release, the studio subsequently set a July 2, 2021 release date for it (yes, exactly a year from when it supposed to open). Universal also postponed Sing 2 to December 22, 2021 and has indefinitely delayed its screen adaptation of Wicked.

Trolls World Tour

trolls-WTThe show goes on for this DreamWorks Animation sequel … but in a different and very experimental way. Universal became the first major Hollywood studio to break the traditional window separating when a new movie release debuts in theaters to when it is available on-demand. In an announcement Monday, the studio said its upcoming animated film Trolls World Tour will be available to consumers on-demand day and date with its original theatrical release date (April 10 in the US and UK).

Pixar’s Soul

Disney Postpones Release of Animated Films Soul, Raya and the Last Dragon 2

Disney postponed their Pixar Animation title Soul from its original June 19, 2020 date to November 20, 2020.

Wonder Woman 1984

ww84-1280Wonder Woman 1984 will shift from its original June 5 release date to August 14. “We made Wonder Woman 1984 for the big screen and I believe in the power of cinema,” director Patty Jenkins tweeted. “In these terrible times, when theater owners are struggling as so many are, we are excited to re-date our film to August 14th 2020 in a theater near you, and pray for better times for all by then.”

Top Gun: Maverick

TGM-1280Top Gun: Maverick was to have opened June 24 but will now hit theaters December 23 instead.

In the Heights

in the heightsThe big screen adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s acclaimed stage musical has been indefinitely postponed from its original June 26 release date.


scoobThe biggest mystery facing the Mystery, Inc. gang now is when their CG-animated movie will debut. Warner Bros. has indefinitely postponed Scoob! from its original May 15 release date.


malignant-1280Director James Wan’s next horror film has been indefinitely postponed. Its original August 14 release date is now occupied by Wonder Woman 1984.


greyhoundOn March 30, Sony Pictures pushed the release dates of several of its upcoming films all the way to 2021, though a couple of projects now no longer have a release date. That includes this Tom Hanks World War II drama, which was pushed from a June 2020 release to a TBD date. (Interestingly, the Kevin Hart starrer Fatherhood actually got bumped to an October 23, 2020, release from January 15, 2021.)

Ghostbusters: Afterlife

ghostbusters-afterlifeThe Ghostbusters sequel was supposed to hit in July of this summer but has been pushed to almost a year from now, on March 5, 2021.


morbiusThe Jared Leto-starring Marvel/Sony production is now set for March 19, 2021, bumped from its previous July 31, 2020, perch.


unchartedThe eternally delayed adaptation of Uncharted is delayed once more. The Tom Holland/Mark Wahlberg production was slated for March 5, 2021, and now has been pushed to October 8, 2021. That’s practically 2022, guys.

Raya and the Last Dragon

Disney Postpones Release of Animated Films Soul, Raya and the Last Dragon 3Disney postponed the release of their animated film Raya and the Last Dragon from November 25, 2020 to March 12, 2021.

Untitled Sony Marvel Film

marvel-sonyWe’re not sure what this mystery project is. Spider-Man 3? Venom 3? Morbius 2? Whatever it was, it went from a planned release date of October 8, 2021, to a TBD date now.

Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway

peter-rabbit-2Sony has also pushed the release date of the Peter Rabbit sequel to January 15, 2021. It was originally meant to arrive on March 27 in the U.K. and Europe and, most recently, in the U.S. in August.

The Tomorrow War

the-tomorrow-warParamount’s The Tomorrow War — a sci-fi/action movie starring Chris Pratt — had been scheduled to open Dec. 25 but is now unscheduled.


candymanMGM and Universal’s Candyman reboot from writer-producer Jordan Peele and director Nia DaCosta, and starring Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Aquaman), has been pushed to a September 25, 2020 opening. Praise This, a romantic drama also from the studio, had previously held that date but now has a TBD release.

Artemis Fowl

artemis-fowlThe Kenneth Branagh-directed adaptation of the beloved YA book by Eoin Colfer will not get a theatrical release now and is instead heading directly to Disney+. The film had originally been planned for a May 29, 2020, theatrical release. No word yet on its Disney+ release date.

Jungle Cruise

jungle-cruiseThe Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt adaptation of the classic Disney ride had previously held a July 24, 2020, release date. That has now gone to Mulan, which means Jungle Cruise has been bumped a year to July 30, 2021.

Indiana Jones 5

indiana-jones-5While Lucasfilm’s Indiana Jones 5 technically doesn’t even have a director at the moment (James Mangold is rumored to be in discussions to take the reins), it did have a release date of July 9, 2021. That has now been bumped all the way to July 29, 2022.

Free Guy

free-guyThe Ryan Reynolds video game comedy from 20th Century Studios was slated for this summer on July 3 but has been moved to December 11.

The Woman in the Window

Woman-in-the-WindowDirector Joe Wright’s thriller The Woman in the Window, starring Amy Adams and Gary Oldman, was originally scheduled for May 15, 2020. It is currently undated.

The Personal History of David Copperfield

The-Personal-History-of-David-CopperfieldThe Personal History of David Copperfield, starring Dev Patel, does not have a release date in the U.S. at the moment. It was released in the U.K. in January and originally intended for release in America in May of 2020.

The French Dispatch

french-dispatchWes Anderson’s The French Dispatch was to be released on July 24, 2020, but has been moved to October 16.

Every Movie and TV Show Production Delayed

On top of these finished films getting their release dates pushed back, many projects currently in production have halted. The biggest projects that have halted production include the following:

For more on this rapidly evolving situation, check out what a major movie studio executive told IGN about what to expect next for movies in 2020… [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/03/13/how-coronavirus-delays-are-impacting-2020-movies-ign-now”] Do you need an escape during these trying times? Here’s a bunch of feel-good movies and shows you can stream right now. Keep it locked into IGN for all the latest news from the entertainment world regarding COVID-19. [poilib element=”accentDivider”] Matt Fowler is a writer for IGN and a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow him on Twitter at @TheMattFowler and Facebook at Facebook.com/MattBFowler.

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