Movies which were CANCELLED due to Coronavirus
The impact of coronavirus, otherwise known as COVID-19, has been huge in all aspects of life. One area which has been strongly hit is the movie industry. Due to theaters closing down, many film studios have decided to delay the theater release of many of their productions. However, there have also been a significant number of movies which have been cancelled due to the coronavirus.
In this article, we explore 10 anticipated movies which have been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. Many of these movies are still being released on Video-On-Demand (‘VOD’) services, but are no longer receiving a theatrical release.
1. Beastie Boys Story
This documentary film was written, directed and produced by Spike Jonze (director of Being John Malkovich, Adaptation and Her). Given the success of his previous projects, and especially if you are a fan of rap, this is a very exciting project!
It was originally scheduled for a limited theater release, which got cancelled. However, you can still check out the project on Apple TV+.
For fans of the Scooby-Doo franchise, this will be disappointing news. The computer-animated adventure comedy film was due to be released in theaters by Warner Bros. Pictures. However, due to the coronavirus outbreak it was cancelled and was instead released VOD on 15 May 2020.
3. Artemis Fowl
The movie is based on the incredibly successful 2001 novel by Eoin Colfer.
Directed and produced by Kenneth Branagh, this $125 million movie’s theatrical release was cancelled by its distributor, Disney, on 3 April 2020. Instead, the movie will now be released on Disney+.
4. Trolls World Tour
A sequel to the smash hit 2016 ‘Trolls’ movie which grossed $346.9 million at the box office. This computer-animated movie was expected to be a huge worldwide success.
However, unfortunately, due to the coronavirus outbreak, the movies release was cancelled in all but a few places worldwide and instead was just released on digital platforms.
The way the film released actually caused some controversy. This was due to comments made by the CEO of Universal about releasing future movies simultaneously on VOD and theaters, as well as Universal not informing theaters of the release plans. As a consequence, AMC Theatres and Regal Cinemas stated that they would no longer show the studios movies in their cinemas.
5. My Spy
Dave Batista has made himself a strong name as an action comedy star. Therefore it was no surprise that My Spy was a highly anticipated movie which was expected to do well at the box office.
Having been delayed 3 times, the movie was eventually cancelled in April due to the coronavirus pandemic. Luckily, Amazon studios acquired the rights to the film for streaming.
If you would like to check out the movie, consider signing up for Amazon Prime here, with the first 30 day trial period being completely free.
6. Endings, Beginnings
The Romantic Drama film starring Jamie Dornan, Shailene Woodley and Sebastian Stan was due to be released on 1 May 2020.
However, due to pandemic it was released digitally on the earlier date of the 17 April 2020.
7. The Lovebirds
This rom-com, starring Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae, based around a couple forming their relationship around a murder mystery, was also pushed back.
Due to be released theatrically on 3 April 2020, it was instead cancelled. Luckily, Netflix swooped in and bought the rights to the project. It is now due to be released on 22 May 2020.
8. An American Pickle
This comedy film, starring Seth Rogan, has potentially the weirdest premise for a movie that I have heard in a while. According to Variety magazine, the premise is as follows:
“The film is based on Rich’s New Yorker novella and stars Rogen as Herschel Greenbaum, a struggling laborer who immigrates to America in 1918 with dreams of building a better life for his beloved family. One day, while working at his factory job, he falls into a vat of pickles and is brined for 100 years. The brine preserves him perfectly and when he emerges in present day Brooklyn, he finds that he hasn’t aged a day. But when he seeks out his family, he is horrified to learn that his only surviving relative is his great grandson, Ben Greenbaum (also played by Rogen), a mild-mannered computer coder whom Herschel can’t even begin to understand.“
Intrigued? Well, you can check out the movie on HBO Max, although the release date is as of yet unannounced.
9. Blue Story
If the name sounds familiar, it’s because the crime-drama movie is based off the 2014 Youtube series of the same title.
While the film received a full theatrical release in the UK, its US release was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, it is scheduled to be released on VOD on 5 May 2020.
10. Laxmmi Bomb
Coronavirus is a global pandemic and as a result, it is having global effects. To demonstrate how it is not just Hollywood which is being affected, I have chosen this Bollywood blockbuster as part of the list.
The comedy horror film stars Akshay Kumar, one of Bollywood’s biggest superstars, in the lead role. Originally intended for a wide theatrical release, it is now only due to be released on Hotstar.
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