Even at the best of times, all it takes for cinemas to act like a gigantic cinematic jigsaw-puzzle, is moving one piece to change the picture – and these probably aren’t the best of times. With Christopher Nolan’s mysterious time-bending Tenet now reversing its stubborn stance of staying on its 17th July date and sliding to 31st July, it means that a number of other films will also shift around.
Unhinged, starring a road-raged Russell Crowe will now move from 1st July to a 10th July slot. Wonder Woman 1984, which moved from March to August now plans to lasso a 2nd October date. In more excellent news, Bill and Ted face the Music will actually arrive a week earlier, taking over the Wonder Woman 1984 slot and arriving on the same day as Gerard Butler/Morena Baccarin ‘s thriller Greenland. Tom Hanks sf movie Bios, in which he plays a dying robotocs engineer who builds a robot to look after his dog in a post-apocalyptic wasteland was to have launched on 2nd October but will avoid conflict and now gets its release on 16th April 20121. Another sf film will also release on that date, Lisa Joy-directed sci-fi film Reminiscence (starring Hugh Jackman, Thandie Newton and Rebecca Ferguson) unless it too decides to shift. Tom Hanks other 2020 film, the WWII thriller Greyhound – originally due to get a theatrical release in March – will now debut on the Apple TV+ platform on 10th July.
The Matrix 4 had to suspend its filming due to the coronavirus and hopes to recommence its reboot asap, but with inevitable delays it is now moving its release the best part of a year from 21st May 2021, to April 1, 2022. Legendary’s Godzilla vs. Kong was due to stomp into movie-theatres on 20th November 2020 but will now take that original Matrix date. It’s not yet known whether this will affect Lionsgate‘s Saw-reboot Spiral (starring Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson) which is still technically set for that 21st may date as well.
The new James Bond movie No Time to Die will now open in the US five days earlier than it’s previously-announced shift date on 20th November and is still set for 12th November in the UK
A raft of other movies also due to open between the end of this year and Spring 2021 are also open to question and either remain in flux or seem unlikely to hold to their original dates.