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Mulan, F9, A Quiet Place 2, The New Mutants and more delayed due to Covid-19

By Tim Augustin - on 13 Mar 2020, 3:27pm

Mulan, F9, A Quiet Place 2, The New Mutants and more delayed due to Covid-19

Image: Disney

It’s not just gaming conventions and tech shows that are affected by Covid-19 anymore. 

Multiple movie studios have postponed several films to later release dates due to the coronavirus. Paramount Pictures kicked off this string of postponements with an announcement that A Quiet Place Part 2’s release date would be delayed to later in the year. They have also since delayed The Lovebirds

Director John Krasinski stated:

One of the things I’m most proud of is that people have said our movie is one you have to see all together. Well due to ever-changing circumstances of what’s going on in the world around us, now is clearly not the right time to do that.

Fast & Furious 9 (stylised as F9) was also delayed by a whole year from May 22, 2020 to April 2, 2021 by Universal Pictures. That’s a big blow to a film that held a massive event just to debut its first trailer. A press release for the postponement read:

While we feel the love and anticipation of Fast fans everywhere for the next chapter in the saga, the move is made with the safety of everyone as our foremost consideration.

Disney quickly followed suit, delaying Mulan, The New Mutants and Antlers. These films were set to be released in March and April, but Disney said in a statement:

As you know this has been a rapidly evolving situation and I wanted to make you aware that we are postponing the releases of Mulan, The New Mutants and Antlers out of an abundance of caution. We truly believe in the moviegoing experience, and we are looking at new potential 2020 release dates to be announced at a later date.

This news is probably particularly devastating to the cast and crew of The New Mutants, whose film has now been delayed a whopping four times. The film was originally slated for release on April 13, 2018, but delayed to avoid competition with Deadpool 2, then X-Men: Dark Phoenix, then became a victim of the Fox-Disney merger, and soon after - Covid-19. Poor little guy. 

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has officially classified Covid-19 as a pandemic, which marks the first time it’s done such a thing since H1N1 in 2009. The situation is getting worse by the minute, and the general public isn’t exactly handling it well. See the ridiculous ‘toilet paper crisis’ as a good example. 

It’s no surprise movies are getting delayed too.