The coronavirus outbreak is upon us, and it’s affecting daily life for nearly everyone. That includes the movie industry. A number of upcoming major film releases have announced lengthy delays to their release schedules. Not only that, but most movie theaters have shut down, and may not open until July 2020 at least. So, what specific coronavirus movie delays can you expect? Also, what films should you watch in their place? While obviously nothing is going to be as exciting as watching a new movie, there are plenty of decent similar (or prequel) movies that you might want to watch while you wait!
1. A Quiet Place Part II
Writer-director John Krasinski’s highly anticipated sequel to his monster invasion hit from 2018 was supposed to come out on March 20. However, you can now expect to see the movie on September 4 in theaters.
While it’s not the same, now might be a great time to rewatch the first one. The original film, A Quiet Place, is currently available to stream for Amazon Prime Video subscribers. You can also see Krasinski himself playing Tom Clancy’s action hero Jack Ryan in Amazon Prime’s series of the same name.
2. Bill and Ted Face The Music
Bogus! Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter filmed this third movie in the Bill and Ted series in 2019. The now two adult wanna-be rockers will be time and space travelling again, but their planned August 14 release date has been delayed due to the coronavirus outbreak to August 28, at least for now.
The first movie in the series, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, is currently on Starz. Sign up for a free trial at the link below.
Disney’s live-action version of its hit animated film was due to be released to theaters on March 27. Now, the film is a victim of the coronavirus movie delays and will be coming to theaters on August 21.
4. Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway
The CGI-live action sequel to the surprise 2018 adaptation of the classic children’s book was supposed to get its sequel on April 3. Now, the movie won’t be released until January 15, 2021.
While the original Peter Rabbit movie is not available on any streaming services, you can watch another bunny-themed GCI-live action film on Netflix, Hop.
5. The New Mutants
This long, long-delayed Marvel Comics superhero-horror film was supposed to have been released nearly two years ago. Disney finally set up a “final” date of April 3 before the current crisis occurred. Now it joins the many coronavirus movie delays, with an August 28, 2020, release date.
Disney Plus has the original X-Men animated series available to stream, so you can see how the Marvel mutant superhero trend started to become a mainstream hit.
6. No Time To Die
The 25th official James Bond film, and the 5th to star Daniel Craig, has also seen its release date pushed back more than once. It was supposed to be released in the US on April 10, but instead, it was the first of the major coronavirus movie delays. 007 won’t return until November 20, 2020.
You can watch the first Daniel Craig James Bond movie, Casino Royale, on HBO Max.
This horror film, about a creature that attacks the citizens of a town in Oregon, was due in theaters on April 17. A new release date has not yet been announced, unfortunately.
You can stream Hostiles, the 2017 Western film directed by Antlers director Scott Cooper, right now on Netflix.
8. Fast 9
The highly popular, over-the-top, car-themed spy thriller movie series was going to release its ninth installment on May 22. Now, the film won’t be released until April 2021.
If you sign up for HBO Max, you can watch Fast Five via streaming, and the recent spin-off film Hobbes & Shaw.
9. Black Widow
The next movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, starring Scarlett Johansson as the skilled super-spy, won’t be released on May 1 as previously announced. It will now be released to theaters November 6.
Disney Plus has all of the previous MCU films that feature Black Widow, starting with her first appearance in Iron Man 2.
This mysterious horror film has only hinted at what’s its all about in its trailers. It was due in theaters on April 24 but has now been delayed until August 21, 2020.
HBO Max has Us, the acclaimed African-American themed horror film, from one of the products of Antebellum.
This is a reimagining of the Saw franchise, starring Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson. It was coming to theaters on May 15 but has been pushed back indefinitely as one of the coronavirus movie delays.
Check out the first movie in another long-running horror series, Final Destination, on HBO Max.
12. Minions 2
The next movie in the CGI animated series was supposed to be released to theaters on July 3. However, this coronavirus movie delay was due to the outbreak causing the Illumination animation studio from completing the movie. It is now scheduled for release on July 2, 2021.
You can rent the first Minions movie via Amazon Prime Video right now.
13. Wonder Woman 1984
Warner Bros. has pushed back the sequel to the hit 2017 DC Comics superheroine film. Originally set for June 5, 2020, the new release date is currently for October 2, 2020.
You can stream the first Wonder Woman movie on HBO Max right now.
Disney’s latest movie from its Pixar studio centers on a middle-school band teacher who unexpectedly finds his soul removed from his body. The movie was due in theaters on June 19, but it will now be coming to theaters on November 20.
Pixar’s last movie, Onward, is available now on Disney Plus.
This Spider-Man spinoff film, starring Jared Leto as a man who becomes a vampire-like creature, was supposed to be released on July 31, 2020. It’s now due for release on March 19, 2021.
Starz has both Spider-Man: Far From Home and Venom available for streaming on its service.
16. Ghostbusters: Afterlife
The latest attempt to reboot the Ghostbusters horror-comedy series was supposed to be released on July 10, 2020. It’s now due for release on March 5, 2021.
Rent the original, and still funny, 1984 Ghostbusters via Amazon Prime Video right now
17. Top Gun: Maverick
There will be a delay in getting back into the danger zone. The long-awaited sequel to the naval aviator action movie Top Gun, starring Tom Cruise, joins the coronavirus movie delays list. Originally scheduled for June 24, it is now due for release on December 23, 2020.
You can rent the original 1986 Top Gun movie via Amazon Prime Video.
18. Free Guy
This is the next big movie starring Ryan Reynolds. He plays an NPC in an open world video game that becomes aware he’s in a game. Originally set for release on July 3, it is now due on December 11.
You can check out Reynolds’ last big movie, the action film 6 Underground, right now on Netflix.
19. Jungle Cruise
Based on the Disney theme park ride, this movie with Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt. Originally set for release on July 24, it’s been pushed back over a year and will now be released to theaters on July 30, 2021.
Disney Plus has four out of the five movies of Pirates of the Caribbean, based on another popular theme park ride.
20. The Eternals
With Black Widow now taking the November 6 release date from another MCU movie, The Eternals, that film, starring Angelina Jolie, has been pushed back to February 12, 2021.
Of course, you can check out nearly all of the MCU movies if you sign up for Disney Plus now.
21. The Batman
The highly anticipated movie reboot of the Dark Knight Detective was in the middle of production when the coronavirus outbreak started getting worse. Now the movie, starring Robert Pattinson, has suspended production, and its release date has been pushed back from June 25, 2021, to October 1, 2021.
You can rent or buy Batman Begins, the first movie in the Christopher Nolan-Christian Bale Batman trilogy, on Vudu.
The next movie from writer-director Christopher Nolan, about a special agent dealing with a kind of time manipulation device, tried to hold onto its July 17 release date for the longest time during the coronavirus outbreak. In the end, Warner Bros decided to move the date to August 12, at least for now.
You can watch Nolan’s first feature film, Memento, for free via Pluto TV.
More coronavirus movie delays coming soon?
This may just be the start of many more movies that will have their theater release dates delayed due to the coronavirus. Big cities like New York City and Los Angeles have shut down movie theaters, and the two biggest theater chains in the US, AMC and Regal, have also shut down their locations. While there are a few smaller theaters, and some drive-in theater locations, currently open, the major movie theater chains won’t open the majority of their locations until sometime in July 2020.
Furthermore, other films that were in production for release later in 2020 or in 2021 have suspended production as well. It’s likely some of their release dates will be changed if the outbreak threat continues. We’ll be sure to update this post to keep you up to date.