One of the many ways in which COVID-19 altered our expectations for 2020 is how it drastically affected the release dates of many high-profile films. And while some big-ticket pictures have still been able to come out this year — titles like Tenet and Mulan come to mind — a number have been pushed to 2021. We’re including below a roundup of the top titles that have received a lot of buzz around their shifting release dates. Keep reading for a look at which films you can now anticipate in the upcoming year.
A Quiet Place Part II
You may have been excited to finally get a sequel this year to John Krasinski’s 2018 horror film A Quiet Place. In it, Krasinski and his real-life spouse Emily Blunt team up on the big screen to play Lee and Evelyn Abbott, parents fighting to keep their family alive in a post-apocalyptic world. The film’s premise involves monsters who track down humans by the noises they make, and audience members tended to get so caught up in viewing the film that you could hear a pin drop in the theaters where it screened. So it may come as no surprise that the release date of the film’s sequel was pushed until it could also be seen by viewers as a part of a collective, in-theater experience. You’ll now have to wait until April 23 of next year to see Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, and Noah Jupe reprise their roles from the original film, but if A Quiet Place Part II is just as enthralling as its predecessor, you’ll get to experience a cinema viewing in which audience members are so immersed that they may even chew popcorn quietly.
No Time to Die
This was going to be the year that we got to see Daniel Craig in his final turn as 007. In 2020, we were going to have the privilege of understanding what could be done with a James Bond script when placed in the hands of the fabulous Phoebe Waller-Bridge. But alas, thanks to COVID-19, the film’s release date has proved to be as elusive as the secret agent it features. The widely-anticipated title will now release on April 2 of next year.
In the Heights
This June was a month many Lin-Manuel Miranda fans were eagerly anticipating. It was when the on-screen adaptation of his groundbreaking musical In the Heights was supposed to hit theaters. Anthony Ramos stars in the film as a bodega owner named Usnavi, who lives in Manhattan’s Washington Heights neighborhood and works toward a different type of life. Names like Melissa Barrera and Corey Hawkins also grace the cast list, and fans can even see Miranda make an appearance as “Piragua Guy.” You might have to now wait until June 18 of next year to see their performances, but if the film’s trailer is any indication, the musical may just hit all the right notes when it eventually releases in theaters.
Marvel fans suffered a heavy blow this year when the first standalone film for Natasha Romanoff — aka Black Widow — got pushed. They were going to get to see another female-led story in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And Scarlett Johansson was finally going to get her own movie as Black Widow, alongside an impressive roster of names like David Harbour, Florence Pugh, and Rachel Weisz. But even a superhero movie couldn’t withstand the effects of the pandemic on films’ release dates. Black Widow is now slated to drop on May 7 of next year.
The good news for film lovers is that some widely anticipated movies pushed to later release dates can still be viewed this year. The DC sequel Wonder Woman 1984 and the Ryan Reynolds-starring Free Guy are still slated to release in 2020. The bad news is that some titles you’ve been hearing about for a while, such as Jurassic World: Dominion, won’t be getting to us until 2022 now. But at least at that time, you will get to see the national treasure that is Jeff Goldblum reprise his role from the original Jurassic Park. And as Dr. Ian Malcolm tells us, “life finds a way.” Replace “life” with “film,” and you’ve got a mantra that speaks to the resiliency of our industry, which may suffer setbacks and delays but will continue on through 2020.