Michael Gandolfini (left) plays a young Tony Soprano in The Many Saints of Newark.

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The Many Saints of Newark is a ’60s-set prequel to classic TV series The Sopranos, in which Michael Gandolfini takes on the role of Tony Soprano made famous by his father James Gandolfini.

Original release date: Sept. 25, 2020

Raya and the Last Dragon (March 12, 2021)

Original release date: November 2020

Morbius (March 19, 2021)

As part of Sony’s big reshuffle, Jared Leto’s Marvel vampire movie Morbius has been pushed from July to mid-March next year.

Original release date: July 31, 2020

No Time to Die (April 2, 2021)

Daniel Craig’s final outing as 007, directed by Cary Fukunaga and co-written by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, was the first major movie to delay release. No Time to Die had already lost its original director and changed its release date twice, but producers feared the closure of many theaters around the globe due to coronavirus would harm box office takings in lucrative international markets. This first delay was announced March 4, a week before the World Health Organization declared a pandemic, but even then pushing to November seemed drastic. By October it was clear theaters still weren’t able to open in the US and UK, so the new James Bond installment will now open a year later than originally expected

Original release date: April 2020

Bios (April 16, 2021)

Tom Hanks is the last man on Earth, hanging out with his faithful robot in this post-apocalyptic drama.

Original release date: October 2020

Monster Hunter (April 23, 2021)

Original release date: September 2020

A Quiet Place Part II (April 23, 2021)

John Krasinski directs Emily Blunt and Cillian Murphy in A Quiet Place 2, a post-apocalyptic tale of a world in which noise equals death. The near-silent sequel was due to open on March 20, 2020 but with barely a week to go Paramount announced it was postponing the release to an unspecified date later in the year before it got delayed yet again. Seeing the chilling first movie in a packed theater was an important part of the experience, partly because of the tension of trying to eat your snacks very, very quietly.

Original release date: March 2020

Last Night in Soho (April 23, 2021)

Edgar Wright’s new film is a ’60s-set horror flick starring Anya Taylor-Joy and Matt Smith.

Original release date: Sept. 25, 2020

Black Widow (May 7, 2021)

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Originally scheduled for May 1, 2020, Marvel’s Black Widow has been pushed back a full year to May, 7, 2021. In March, Disney initially postponed the film to an unspecified date, then on April 3 confirmed Black Widow would debut this winter in a reshuffle of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe — including Captain Marvel, Thor, Black Panther and Doctor Strange sequels due over the next couple of years. Now it’s been postponed again

Original release date: May 1, 2020

Godzilla vs Kong (May 21, 2021)

The monster-mashing sequel had played around with its release date before the pandemic even happened. In June, Warner Bros. moved it again to avoid a pileup of new releases in November.  

Original release date: Nov. 20, 2020

Spiral (May 21, 2021)

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Chris Rock re-invents the Saw franchise with horror movie Spiral.

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A rebirth of the Saw franchise starring Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson, originally slated for May. This was indefinitely postponed by Lionsgate along with Run and Antebellum before being added back to the calendar a year after its original date.

Original release date: May 15, 2020

Infinite (May 28, 2021)

Mark Wahlberg headlines the eternal story of a man who learns his hallucinations are actually visions from past lives.

Original release date: August 2020

F9 (May 29, 2021)

Starring Vin Diesel, John Cena and Charlize Theron, the ninth Fast and Furious film was due to open in May 2020. But it was one of the first to reschedule, taking the bold step of moving nearly a year to April 2021 — a date previously earmarked for the next film in the Fast Saga. There’s no word yet on when the 10th and final film will be released.

Original release date: May 2020

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (June 4, 2021)

The third film to star Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as real-life ghosthunters Ed and Lorraine Warren, based on the chilling true story of a murder trial where the defendant claimed demonic possession. Originally due to open in September, it was moved by Warner Bros to the following summer.

Original release date: September 2020

Jurassic World: Dominion (June 10, 2022)

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Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neill and Laura Dern in the original Jurassic Park.

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Original Jurassic Park stars Laura Dern, Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum join Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt in this sixth dino-blockbuster. Originally slated for June 2021, in October it was moved back a year to summer 2022.

Original release date: June 11, 2021

Ghostbusters: Afterlife (June 11, 2021)

On March 31, Sony took the decision to shift its entire slate of theatrical releases. So Jason Reitman’s small town-set Ghostbusters resurrection was pushed from July 2020 to March 5, 2021, taking Sony’s slot that was originally intended for video game adaptation Uncharted. In October it was shunted to the summer.

Original release date: July 10, 2020

In the Heights (June 18, 2021) 

This adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes’ Tony-winning musical is directed by Jon M. Chu, who also helmed Crazy Rich Asians, and stars Anthony Ramos, an alum of the Broadway cast of Hamilton. 

Original release date: June 2020

Venom: Let There Be Carnage (June 25, 2021)

The sequel to the 2018 supervillain caper stars Tom Hardy and Woody Harrelson as Marvel bad guys Venom and Carnage. Andy Serkis directs

Original release date: October 2020 

Top Gun: Maverick (July 2, 2021)

In April, the high-flying Tom Cruise sequel was pushed from June to December. We’ve waited over 30 years for a sequel to the original 1986 Top Gun, so what’s a few more months?

Original release date: June 2020

Uncharted (July 6, 2021)

Uncharted, starring Tom Holland, was the first of next year’s blockbusters to be officially moved. It’s bounced around the schedule a few times to March, then October, and back to July. 

Original release date: December 2020

Shang-Chi and the Ten Rings (July 9, 2021)

Marvel’s martial arts action movie starring Simu Liu as mystical fighter Shang-Chi was also reshuffled by Disney.

Release date: February 2021

The Tomorrow War (July 23, 2021)

Chris Pratt headlines this original sci-fi war film.

Original release date: Dec. 25, 2020

Minions: The Rise of Gru (July 2, 2021)

Animated sequel/spinoff Minions: The Rise of Gru has been postponed a year. It was set to be released in the US on July 3, so the delay announced on March 19 was the first sign the pandemic would disrupt the summer season.

Original release date: July 3, 2020

Jungle Cruise (July 30, 2021)

Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson take a cruise in the jungle, postponed by Disney a whole year.

Original release date: July, 2020

Halloween Kills (Oct. 15, 2021)

This slasher sequel is in the awkward situation that the release date is sort of in the title. You can’t really bump a movie named “Halloween” to February, can you? So Universal pushed it back a whole year to 2021 — which has a knock-on effect to the planned threequel, Halloween Ends, now expected in October 2022.

Original release date: October 16, 2020

Dune (Oct. 21, 2021)

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As other blockbusters fell away, it felt like Denis Villeneuve’s star-studded new adaptation of the classic Dune sci-fi novels would be the only bright shining hope for the year. But in October the originally planned December release date was pushed to Oct. 21 to take the slot vacated by The Batman. You’ll have to wait another year to spice things up with Timothée Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, Zendaya, Charlotte Rampling, Dave Bautista, Jason Momoa, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Rebecca Ferguson and Stellan Skarsgård. 

Original release date: Dec. 18, 2020

Snake Eyes (Oct. 22, 2021)

Henry Golding and Samara Weaving toy with the idea of headlining Snake Eyes, a ninja-focused spin-off from the GI Joe series of toys and movies.

Original release date: October 2020

Eternals (Nov. 5, 2021)

Marvel’s otherworldly ensemble was intended to open in November 2020, but was bumped a year to make way for Black Widow.

Original release date: Nov. 6, 2020 

Elvis Presley biopic (Nov. 5, 2021)

Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis tribute became a high-profile casualty of the pandemic when Tom Hanks, who appears in the film as Colonel Tom Parker, contracted the coronavirus. He and his wife, Rita Wilson, have now recovered, and the film will be delayed only a month.

Original release date: Oct. 1, 2021

West Side Story (Dec. 10, 2021)

Steven Spielberg’s remake of the legendary musical was originally supposed to fill Disney’s traditional big-money  holiday movie slot, plugging the fallow year between the last Star Wars trilogy ending in 2019 and the Avatar sequels taking the slot in 2021. Instead everything’s been pushed back a year, leaving us with no big Disney family blockbuster at Christmas. 

Original release date: Dec. 18, 2020

The Batman (March 4, 2022)

Robert Pattinson dons the batsuit for this delayed DC adventure.

Original release date: June 25, 2021

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (March 25, 2022)

Fans of Doctor Strange, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, will have to wait until 2022 before entering the Multiverse of Madness thanks to Marvel’s reshuffles.

Original release date: May 2021

Avatar and Star Wars (Dec. 2022 onwards)

Christmas 2021 was supposed to see the long-awaited arrival of James Cameron’s Avatar sequel, which would be followed by a new Star Wars trilogy the following year. The two franchises would then alternate each holiday season until Avatar 5 in 2027. But as the coronavirus shoved more and more blockbusters into 2021, Disney decided in late July to shift all seven movies back a year. So Avatar 2 will arrive in 2022, Avatar 3 in 2024, Avatar 4 in 2026 and Avatar 5 in 2028. Three Star Wars movies then fill in the odd-numbered years.

Original release date: Christmas 2021 to 2027

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Other movies

Many other movies have also been disrupted as theaters close. So far, these are just some of the other studio movies, kids’ films and indie flicks that have been affected, many of them indefinitely:

Film festivals

The legendary Cannes film festival was called off March 19. Originally scheduled to open May 12, the year’s most prestigious industry gathering was postponed as part of France’s measures to combat the virus.  

The SXSW conference was also canceled, devastating filmmakers who hoped to reach press and distributors at the event in Austin, Texas. Films that were scheduled to premiere at the annual film, music and tech event included The 24th, a scathing historical drama from the Oscar-winning co-writer of BlacKkKlansman, Kevin Willmott.

New York’s Tribeca Film Festival also was canceled. As with all major events undone by coronavirus, cancelations will have a knock-on effect on local businesses and employees.

Upcoming movies

Filming on assorted forthcoming productions has been interrupted: Mission: Impossible 7 was unable to shoot in virus-hit Venice, for example, while Baz Luhrmann’s biopic of Elvis Presley was disrupted when Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson revealed they’d tested positive for COVID-19. Indiana Jones 5, Jurassic World 3, The Batman, The Matrix 4, Fantastic Beasts 3, Avatar 2 and many more have been disrupted.

Netflix, Apple, Disney and other streaming services have been forced to pause production on shows from Stranger Things and The Morning Show to Marvel spin-off Falcon and Winter Soldier.

Here’s a list of major events canceled due to coronavirus concerns.

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