Hollywood has felt the full force of the global health crisis. With lockdown orders and the closure of cinemas around the globe, filmmakers and distributors are grappling with a shaky box office despite what would have been a mammoth year for film. While some projects could not afford to wait including the likes of Mulan, the Disney-led, live-action remake which saw a release via streaming this month, other hotly-anticipated movies will see another slew of delays – again.
The first to be hit with a new release date is Wonder Woman 1984, the forthcoming sequel to the origin story film released in 2017. Fans were expected to see the DC Comics film on October 2 and will now have to wait until Christmas Day, December 25, in some countries. The first instalment of the superhero franchise raked in $334 million USD at the domestic box office in America. The new film has reportedly cost $180 million USD to produce – in other words, the stakes are high.
The film was supposed to be released in 2019, then pushed back to June 2020, then August 14, and again to October 2.
“Because I know how important it is to bring this movie to you on a big screen when all of us can share the experience together, I’m hopeful you won’t mind waiting just a little bit longer,” director Patty Jenkins told Variety.
Elsewhere, the highly-anticipated horror film drop of Candyman directed by Nia DaCosta and produced by Jordan Peele has also experienced a massive set back, with the new release date of October 16, being pushed back further until 2021. Universal Pictures, the company responsible for distributing the film has not announced an official date. Candyman is believed to be releasing, “strictly into theatres, not PVOD or a theatrical day-and-date release”, according to Deadline.
While we wait for confirmation on its new release, tune into the trailer below.