COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc on the entertainment industry, even into 2021. Variety reports that Disney is postponing a slew of releases due to the ensuing pandemic.
Most notable of the bunch is The King’s Man, the third feature in the Kingsman franchise. It stars Matthew Goode, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Gemma Arterton, Stanley Tucci, Djimon Hounsou and Ralph Fiennes. The King’s Man follows the Kingsman agency in the early years of the 20th century just as it’s formed. Its objective? To stand against a cabal plotting a war with devastatingly catastrophic consequences. The Matthew Vaughn flick’s initial premiere date was March 12.
Next, there’s Bob’s Burgers: The Movie. This movie is based on the popular FOX animated sitcom of the same name. Loren Bouchard (Central Park) is at the helm and wrote the screenplay. H. Jon Benjamin, Kristen Schaal, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman and John Roberts are all reprising their respective Belcher roles. Disney had the film scheduled for an April 9 debut. However, the studio has stricken it from the release calendar entirely.
Then, we have animated family film Ron’s Gone Wrong. Here’s the synopsis: “Set in a world where walking, talking, digitally connected bots have become children’s best friends, Ron’s Gone Wrong tells the story of an 11-year-old boy who finds that his robot buddy doesn’t quite work.” Ron’s Gone Wrong stars Thomas Barbusca, Jack Dylan Grazer, Bentley Kalu, Iara Nemirovsky and Ava Morse. Sarah Smith, Jean-Philippe Vine and Octavio E. Rodriguez serve as directors with a script from Smith and Peter Baynham. According to Variety, the movie was previously slated for April 23.
Now, Disney hasn’t mentioned if Black Widow will keep its current date, which is May 7. The highly anticipated Marvel flick has seen a handful of setbacks since its scheduled original release in May of 2020. Variety believes that Black Widow may suffer yet another postponement unless the pandemic’s impact abates.
Disney isn’t the first studio to delay the films on its calendar. However, it may be prudent to take a page out of Warner Bros.’ book. Warner struck a deal with HBO Max last year, wherein each 2021 release will debut on the streamer for a month prior to a theatrical release. It’s the best of both worlds and a way for Warner Bros. to recoup financial losses. I think Disney is trying their best to ensure that theaters remain in business even if their releases are continuously pushed back.
The King’s Man will now premiere Friday, August 20. Ron’s Gone Wrong is rescheduled for Friday, October 22.
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