2020 was shaping up to be an epic year for movies, after the release of blockbuster hits such as the high-kicking Birds of Prey, the Neflix favourite, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before: P.S I Still Love You and the Me-too drama, Bombshell starring Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie.
The best was yet to come with James Bond’s No Time To Die, Disney’s Mulan, the Emily Blunt-starring The Quiet Place II and the epic war film Greyhound with Tom Hanks, amongst the blockbuster movies we were eagerly waiting for. However, after No Time To Die was postponed to November because of the global Corona outbreak, things did not look promising for other major film releases.
Then the live-action remake of Disney’s Mulan was postponed after the LA premiere took place and the London premiere of the much-loved film was scaled back. Mulan’s director Niki Caro said: “We are so excited to share this film with the world, but given the current ever-shifting circumstances we are all experiencing, unfortunately, we have to postpone the worldwide release of Mulan for now.”
The much-anticipated release of The Quiet Place II was also delayed just days before release. Speaking about the delay director, John Krasinski, who announced the news via Instagram, said it would move to an unspecified date.
John, who directs his wife, Emily Blunt, in the movie said: “One of the things I’m most proud of is that people have said our movie is one you have to see all together. Well due to the ever-changing circumstances of what’s going on in the world around us, now is clearly not the right time to do that. As insanely excited as we are for you all to see this movie, I’m gonna wait to release the film until we CAN see it together! So here’s to our group movie date! See you soon!”
It is estimated that the Coronavirus will cost the global cinema box office an eye watering $5 billion.
As the movie industry scrambles to change its release dates, here is the list of 6 must-see new movies this year and when you will be able to see them.
The Secret Garden
Release Date: 14 August
Storyline: When Mary Lennox is suddenly orphaned, she is sent to live on her uncle’s estate deep in the Yorkshire moors. There, she discovers a secret magical garden.
Cast: Colin Firth, Julie Walters, Dixie Egerickx
Release Date: Originally 1 May, now 6 November 2020
Storyline: The adventures of Natasha Romanoff.
Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, Rachel Weisz
No Time To Die
Release Date: Originally 2nd April but now moved to November 25th
Storyline: The long-awaited sequel to Spectre will see Bond’s tranquil life in Jamaica interrupted by the CIA who recruit him to help rescue a kidnapped scientist. How far is November again?
Cast: Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Ana de Armas
Release Date: Originally 27th March, now 21st August
Storyline: Mulan is next on the lineup of Disney’s live action repertoire and our sense of nostalgia is bubbling over in anticipation.
Cast: Yifei Liu, Donnie Yen, Jet Li
A Quiet Place Part II
Release Date: Originally 19th March but now moving to an unspecified date
Storyline: When most of humanity is killed by noise-sensitive monsters in the first A Quiet Place film, the Abbott family must now face the outside world. But they soon realize that the sound-hunting creature are not the only threats.
Cast: Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Cillian Murphy
Wonder Woman 1984
Release Date: 5 June shifted to 2 October 2020
Storyline: 70 years after the events of the first film, Gal Gadot is back and has a chance encounter with supercharged speedster Cheetah and sinister media mogul Maxwell Lord.
Cast: Gal Gadot, Pedro Pascal, Connie Nielsen, Chris Pine, Robin Wright