Good and bad news.
Best to start with the good: Robert Zemeckis’ The Witches which had previously been delayed to “TBA 2021” now has been picked up by HBO Max as an exclusive streaming release for October 22, 2020. So, no, it also won’t receive a theatrical release in the United States, but that seems to be the trend here in America at the moment.
The next major film on the theatrical release schedule, James Bond #25 No Time To Die has been delayed from November to Easter 2021 where F9 is currently scheduled, but Deadline saying they think will vacate that date (UPDATE 6:27pm PT: F9 has, in fact, moved to May 28, 2021 via Hollywood Reporter).
“MGM, Universal and Bond producers, Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, today announced the release of No Time To Die, the 25th film in the James Bond series, will be delayed until 2 April in order to be seen by a worldwide theatrical audience. We understand the delay will be disappointing to our fans but we now look forward to sharing No Time To Die next year,” said the studio in a statement. MGM was the first studio to foresee how the pandemic was going to stall exhibition, and jumped No Time to Die from its Easter weekend release date of April 10-12 to the Thanksgiving frame.‘No Time To Die’ Delayed To Easter Weekend 2021 – Deadline
If you’re keeping track — and believe me that process has been messy — No Time To Die was originally planned for Easter 2020 then moved to Thanksgiving 2020 and now is being pushed back to Easter 2021.
Just yesterday I watched the released video for the No Time To Die theme song from Billy Eilish.
The Witches joins a growing list of films removed from theatrical release in the United States. Some films have released internationally where the pandemic seems to be under better control.
Recently movies include Greenland (HBO Max), Bill & Ted Face The Music (PVOD/VOD), Mulan (Disney+ & PVOD/VOD $29.99). That’s just a few more noteworthy and recent moves. Trolls World Tour at the beginning of the pandemic was the first to skip a theatrical release for streaming. It’s becoming the norm, not the exception in 2020.
Oh, and with a month left to the next election our President and First Lady — two of the most protected people on the planet — have tested positive for COVID-19.
Yeah, this is not a good time in America. Not at all. Hoping that both of them will be OK. The President is in his 70s, which is not the best age for anybody to have COVID, but 95% survive it at his age.
If the President of the United States can get COVID-19, all bets are off with anything in the entertainment industry. I mean it just seems like everything else is insignificant to all human beings on this planet to be safe. Please be safe out there and take care of your loved ones, family, friends and each other.