As countries around the world struggle to combat the spread of coronavirus, movie theaters and movie productions have been going through rolling shutdowns, forcing studios to push their major releases to new dates or remove them from release calendars. The COVID-19 pandemic — the first disease to be officially classified as such since 2009’s H1N1 — has wreaked havoc on the film industry, alongside virtually every other industry. While it was initially a shock when planned releases like the James Bond movie No Time to Die or Christopher Nolan’s Tenet were postponed, 2020 has seen a wave of rescheduling, with many major movies either pushed to 2021, or removed from the calendar entirely.
And as large-scale events like South by Southwest, Coachella, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, and GenCon were cancelled, and different cities enact widely different quarantine policies, moviegoers are now in a position to question the safety of returning to smaller gatherings where they can’t guarantee that the strangers around them are disease-free. Theater owners have varied on when and whether they’ll re-open, and what safety protocols they’ll follow when they do.
Here, we’re tracking the major blockbuster releases and notable smaller features that have been delayed, postponed, rescheduled, or otherwise directly impacted by coronavirus concerns, not only in the United States, but around the world. We’re also closely following the pandemic’s impact on the theatrical distribution and streaming industries, as more and more films go directly to digital outlets. Stay tuned.