Cinematic COVID complications

Movie and TV show release dates that have been affected by coronavirus

Story by Sydney Rowe and Aislyn Echols

Due to the spread of coronavirus shutting down public places, most movie theaters have closed their doors indefinitely. Because of this, many movie productions have decided to postpone the releases of their new movies. While many movie and TV show releases are being put off, some movies and shows have decided to put off filming in order to keep all the cast and crew safe. Consequently, people that have been waiting for some of these movies and television shows to release will sadly have to wait even longer.

Here is a list of some of the known movie and series release dates that have been affected by the pandemic.


The release of this live action remake of the Disney classic film has been changed from its original. Rather than being released on its original date of March 27, the movie is set to come out almost a full 4 months later on July 24.

“Ghostbusters Afterlife”

The fourth installment of the Ghostbusters franchise was initially to be released on July 10 but due to the measures being taken to keep everyone safe, Sony has pushed the premiere to March 5, 2021.


Uncharted is an upcoming film starring Tom Holland. The movie focuses on a young Nathan Drake and is a prequel to the video games by the same name. The movie is still in the pre-production phase, but because of coronavirus delays, it will most likely not begin filming any time soon. The movie was set to be released March 5, 2021 but has been changed to Oct. 8, 2021.

“Wonder Woman 1984”

The Wonder Woman sequel has been highly anticipated since the opening of the first film in 2017. The premiere was officially postponed after Warner Bros waited until March 24 to announce it. The studio is optimistically sticking to the new release date of August 14 rather than the initial June 5 date.

“No Time to Die”

Daniel Craig’s final film as James Bond was one of the first big movies to postpone their release. The delay was announced the week before the World Health Organization declared a pandemic. MGM has changed the release date from April 10 to Nov. 25.

“Black Widow”

After Marvel fans have finally received the Black Widow movie they have long awaited, the Black Widow movie was first postponed in March to an unspecified date. However, in April, Marvel officially announced that the film will be scheduled to hit theaters on Nov. 6. Black Widow is one of the many Marvel films that have been moved around because of concerns of losing the money that would normally be earned at the box office.

“A Quiet Place II”

Taking place not too long after the conclusion of the first film, this almost silent sequel was supposed to be released on March 20 but was later delayed by Paramount Pictures to Sept. 4 later this year.  


The ninth installment of the Fast and Furious saga was one of the first movie releases to be rescheduled. F9 was moved to open on April 2, 2021 which has caused many questions among fans because that time slot was previously said to be for the tenth and final film of the franchise. 


“Spiral” is a new revival motion picture for the Saw franchise. The movie, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Chris Rock, was originally set to come out on May 5 but has been put on hold indefinitely as there is still not a new concrete release date.


Many of Sony’s upcoming movies have had to be moved, including the vampire movie “Morbius.” Morbius stars Jared Leto and was supposed to release this year in July but will now hit the big screen on March 19, 2021.

“Artemis Fowl”

“Artemis Fowl” is based off of a famous children’s book and is one of the only movies so far to be skipping the theaters altogether and going to home release. The movie was set to open on May 29 but will now go straight to Disney + for streaming later this summer.

“Free Guy” 

“Free Guy” stars Ryan Reynolds and has an overall action packed video game theme. 

The Fox film has changed its opening date to Dec. 11 from its earlier summer date of July 1.

“Top Gun: Maverick”

The Top Gun series follows Pete “Maverick” Mitchell. In the first installment of the series, Mitchell is sent to Top Gun Naval Fighter Weapons School and competes to be the top pilot. We’ve waited 30 years for a sequel with Tom Cruise and it looks like we’re going to have to wait even longer.  “Top Gun: Maverick” was officially moved in April from June 24 to later this winter on Dec. 23.


This 2020 horror remake, written by Jordan Peele, was initially set to release on June 12 but eventually was pushed to have its cinematic debut on Sept. 25.

“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”

Another movie affected by the Marvel reshuffle of scheduled movies is the “Doctor Strange” sequel. The movie was originally planned to open on May 7, 2021 but it looks like fans will have to wait until Nov. 5, 2021.

“Thor: Love and Thunder”

The fourth Thor movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be directed by Taika Waititi and will come to theaters on July 29, 2022 after Marvel decided to shift to release back almost an entire year.

“The Bachelor Summer Games”

 If you are a part of the bachelor nation,  you were probably excited for the new bachelor games. These shows would have aired during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but considering the current pandemic and postponing of the games, the show has been suspended. The show would’ve consisted of the same premise of “the Bachelor Winter Games”. Stars from around the world competing in Olympic style games while trying to keep meaningful relationships. There is planned to be a cast of 26, those 26 would consist of 12 U.S stars and 14 participants coming from different parts of the globe. The games were meant to be in between “The Bachelorette” and “Bachelor in Paradise”, so until thisquarintine is over, the bachelor franchise is paused.

“Friends” (Reunion Special)

 The show was meant to mark the launch of HBO Max. This would be the first time the entire cast was reunited on screen since the original show ended back in 2004. HBO considered this to be so important, that the is, reportedly, getting paid at least double what they used to make per episode when the show was running. This was supposed to be HBO’s way of competing with the new Disney Plus. Unfortunately, what was once set to be filmed in March is now halted to be filmed around May, at the closest.

“The Goldbergs” and “Schooled”

The Goldbergs first aired back in 2013, it is a show about an average yet wild family in the 1980s. Their spin-off show, Schooled, aired in 2019. The spin-off featured one of the friends of the Goldbergs, only years later when they’re grown up. Both shows on the ABC Network paused production, and as of now, the decision of renewing or cancelling the show has yet to be determined.

“Loki,” Falcon and the Winter Soldier” and “WandaVision”

Three Marvel Studio shows, “Loki,” “Falcon and the Winter Soldier” and “WandaVision,” were planning on airing on Disney Plus. Disney has suspended any and all shows and movies in the works due to COVID-19. When these shows will begin production again is still undecided, but the thousands of other shows on Disney Plus that have been completed are still readily available on the service.

“The Walking Dead” and “Fear the Walking Dead”

The Walking Dead began in 2010,the show was about to air its tenth season. The new season has yet to begin but has been put to an abrupt halt. It’s prequel, Fear the Walking Dead, is only in its fourth season. Both shows are set in a post-apocalyptic zombie land, where it is every man for himself. “Fear the Walking Dead” was aiming to pick production back up by the end of April, but if that is still the outcome is yet to be known. Pre-production on “The Walking Dead” has been pushed back and there is yet to be a date set on production again.


This popular crime drama is about the town of Riverdale involving the investigation of the death of a rich boy at the beginning of a school year. The show was forced to immediately stop the filming of its fourth season due to one of the production members testing positive for COVID-19. Warner Bros. stopped production of the show back in March, but when they plan to release more episodes is yet to be determined.

Having to wait even longer for movies that we have anticipated for months, and in some cases even years, is no easy task. It’s easy to become impatient and frustrated but although it’s not the same as sitting in a dark theater and watching a huge screen, you can stream movies in the comfort and safety of your home. Netflix, Hulu, Disney+ and Amazon Prime Video are just some of the streaming services that you can utilize during quarantine. Watching movies at home can be just as fun if you have the right attitude.