As we know, so many movies that were supposed to open in this frame were delayed. The first to move was James Bond’s latest adventure, No Time to Die. But after that, major films like Black Widow, F9 and Wonder Woman 1984 all shifted their release dates, as studios patiently wait for the virus to subside.
Also, if you are a fan of ReelBlend, this week will be special. We have a bonus episode coming your way, where the guys interview Ben Schwartz of Parks and Rec, because he’s the voice of Sonic the Hedgehog, and his movie hits digital this week. Look for that episode later this week!
No plot details for Sing 2 haven’t been revealed yet, though like with the first Sing, you can at least count on anthropomorphic animals belting out popular tunes. Minions: The Rise of Gru, the latest installment of the Despicable Me franchise, follows Felonius Gru getting his start as a supervillain in the 1970s. Wicked, of course, is a retelling of The Wizard of Oz from the perspectives of Elphaba (The Wicked Witch of the West) and Galinda (Glinda the Good Witch).
So basically they’d made all the tributes during the shoot, and then shipped them over to L.A. and then recreated the little bar area in the backlot of Bad Robot. So basically, that happened as a little piece during the edit. And it was, again, it was all so secretive. But I, like, I had my people by that point to say when it was going to be [filmed]. So I made sure I was there to film it. And then after, J.J. was like, ‘I don’t know how you knew that was happening, but thank you so much for getting it!’
Black Widow‘s original release date was May 1st, exactly one month from today at the time of writing. It’s currently unclear when the movie will finally hit theaters, but luckily it turns out that Marvel is still working on getting it ready for release; namely, the score is still being worked on. In fact, a new report indicates that composer Alexandre Desplat has been replaced as composer by Lorne Balfe. So while the industry might be on pause, Marvel Studios is still working on Natasha Romanoff’s solo flick.
By now, most fans know Zack Snyder had an entirely different vision in mind for Justice League. This version, known as the Snyder Cut, is said to be filled with plenty of scenes and characters that were deleted from the theatrical cut. Over time, new details have been revealed, and it looks like fans were also set to get even more of the Amazons of Themyscira.
Beyond Soul, we don’t know what Pixar has planned for the future, but the studio has at least three other films in various states of production, one is set for release in June of 2021, and then another pair are scheduled to hit in March and June of 2022. If work was completely stopping on these projects, we certainly could see a need for release dates to be pushed back, but it appears that won’t be necessary.
However, it gets much worse, because the massive global shutdown has been an equally massive hit to the global economy and a recession is expected to hit in the aftermath of the pandemic. This means that even once things get back to “normal,” a lot of people who might have visited the parks before the pandemic, might not have the financial resources to do so afterward. The damage done to the theme parks by the recession, combined with the closure, could total $3.4 billion.
Producer Chad Oman has been a long time colleague of Jerry Bruckheimer and has been a producer on many of his films, including both Bad Boys sequels. In the special features attached to the new digital release of Bad Boys for Life, Oman says that attempts to get a third film made started only a couple years after Bad Boys II had been released, and that in 2009, while half a world away, Will Smith was coming up with ideas for what could be in the movie. Apparently, the idea of the falling out between Lowery and Burnett that forms the core of the film was actually Smith’s idea. According to Oman…
The horror genre has been in a renaissance for the past few years, and is showing no signs of slowing down. Many of the most recent hits have come from Blumhouse Productions, including David Gordon Green’s Halloween sequel. 2018’s Halloween was a direct sequel to John Carpenter’s original slasher, and was hugely successful when it hit theaters. Two more movies were quickly green lit, which will form a new trilogy for the beloved property. Jason Blum recently teased that the first trailer for Halloween Kills is coming soon, but will it be able to hit theaters on time?