All the major blockbuster movies that have been delayed due to the coronavirus

Ethan AlterSenior Writer, Yahoo Entertainment
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Tom Cruise is back in the cockpit for the blockbuster sequel <em>Top Gun: Maverick</em>. (Photo: Paramount Pictures)
Tom Cruise is back in the cockpit for the blockbuster sequel Top Gun: Maverick. (Photo: Paramount Pictures)

Heading into 2020, there were at least 40 films we couldn’t wait to see. Now, it’s looking like we’ll have to wait a lot longer. The coronavirus has wrecked havoc on Hollywood’s release schedule, as multiple blockbusters-to-be have had their release dates postponed by as much as a year or canceled indefinitely. Yahoo Entertainment is tracking the latest news on when you’ll be able to see major movies like Top Gun: Maverick, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Wonder Woman 1984, Black Widow and No Time to Die at a theater — or, in some cases, a streaming service — near you.

Top Gun: Maverick

Original release date: June 24
Rescheduled date: December 23
The long-awaited Top Gun sequel flies out of the danger zone of the summer movie season, bound for a year-end premiere. Frankly, we’ll need plenty of footage of warm beaches and sunny skies in the middle of winter.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Original release date: July 10
Rescheduled date: March 5, 2021
The Ghostbusters franchise becomes a father/son affair, as Jason Reitman takes over the universe his father, Ivan Reitman, began back in 1984. Afterlife follows the descendants of Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) as they wrestle with his legacy... and bust a few ghosts.

Wonder Woman 1984

Original release date: June 5
Rescheduled date: August 14
Gal Gadot’s second solo adventure as the DC Extended Universe’s Amazonian warrior-turned-Earth protector has been pushed from its early summer berth to the end of the warm weather season. We still can’t wait to get back in the 1980s spirit.


Original release date: April 24
Rescheduled date: TBD
Superstar singer-turned-actress, Janelle Monáe, has her highest-profile role yet as a present-day author who finds herself in a nightmarish alternate reality. Directing team Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz make their narrative feature debut, with Donnie Darko producer, Sean McKittrick, among the producing team.


Original release date: April 17
Rescheduled date: TBD
Crazy Heart director, Scott Cooper, takes a walk on the scary side with the story of a small-town teacher (Keri Russell) who discovers that one of her pupils may be keeping a fantastic (and deadly) beast as a pet.

Black Widow

Original release date: May 1
Rescheduled date: TBD
Marvel zombies will have to wait a little longer to see how a piece of the dearly-departed super-spy’s past launches Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe... not to mention discover who is beneath the Taskmaster mask.

Charm City Kings

Original release date: April 10
Rescheduled date: August 14
Rapper Meek Mill stars in this acclaimed Sundance drama, which follows a Baltimore teen (Jahi Di'Allo Winston) who longs to join the local dirt-bike crew, but soon learns about the dark side of that dream.


Original release date: May 22
Rescheduled date: April 2, 2021
The latest installment in The Fast Saga pits brother against brother as Vin Diesel’s Dom Toretto squares off against John Cena’s Jakob Toretto. But who cares about that when Han is back at last!!!


Original release date: June 12
Rescheduled date: TBD
Beloved actor — and coronavirus survivor — Tom Hanks revisits World War II for the first time since Saving Private Ryan, this time as the commander of a U.S. fleet trying to stay ahead of a fleet of German submarines. The film is based on C.S. Lewis’s 1955 novel, The Good Shepherd.

In the Heights

Original release date: June 26
Rescheduled date: TBD
Jon M. Chu’s adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s modern-day west side story was poised to be the soundtrack of the 2020 summer movie season. Unfortunately, Warner Bros. has now put the film on indefinite pause.

The Lovebirds

Original release date: April 3
Rescheduled date: TBD
Newly buff funnyman, Kumail Nanjiani, partners with the equally hilarious Issa Rae for an action comedy about a couple whose relationship is tested when they become accidental witnesses to a murder. (The movie also re-teams Nanjiani with director Michael Showalter, who previously helmed 2017’s Sundance darling, The Big Sick.) Rather than release the movie theatrically, Paramount has sent these Lovebirds directly to Netflix for a premiere later this year.


Original release date: August 14
Rescheduled date: TBD
James Wan’s first horror film since 2016’s The Conjuring 2 will feature Annabelle Wallis and George Young in a top-secret scary story.

Minions: The Rise of Gru

Original release date: July 3
Rescheduled date: July 2, 2021
The second Minions-centric story (and the fifth entry in the Despicable Me franchise) introduces us to Baby Gru as he rises from zero to hero... uh, make that villain.


Original release date: July 31
Rescheduled date: March 19, 2021
Sony’s Spider-Verse continues to expand with a solo movie based around one of Spider-Man’s most fang-tastic villains. Jared Leto plays the titular living vampire alongside Matt Smith, Jared Harris and Tyrese Gibson.


Original release date: March 27
Rescheduled date: TBD
Disney’s 1998 animated favorite gets a live action makeover that omits some key players, but goes big on medieval action spectacle.

My Spy

Original release date: March 7
Rescheduled date: April 17
Dave Bautista gets his own version of Kindergarten Cop and The Pacifier as the burly, surly pal to a wisecracking kid.

The New Mutants

Original release date: April 3
Rescheduled date: TBD
This horror-themed X-Men spinoff is no stranger to delays: Originally shot in 2017 with a cast that includes Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy and Charlie Heaton, The New Mutants has been repeatedly pushed back making it an open question as to how old we’ll all be when we finally see it.

No Time to Die

Original release date: April 10
Rescheduled date: November 25
Daniel Craig’s retirement from the James Bond franchise is now set for Thanksgiving, and villains old (Christoph Waltz) and new (Rami Malek) are sure to give him a heck of a send-off.

The Personal History of David Copperfield

Original release date: May 8
Rescheduled date: TBD
Armando Iannucci’s all-star re-telling of Charles Dickens’s classic novel delighted Toronto International Film Festival crowds last year. Dev Patel plays the title character alongside a supporting cast that includes Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie and ex-Doctor Who, Peter Capaldi.

Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway

Original release date: April 3
Rescheduled date: January 15, 2021
James Corden returns as Beatrix Potter’s mischievous vegetable snatcher in the sequel to the 2018 hit. Domhnall Gleeson is also back as Peter’s human punching bag, Thomas McGregor.

A Quiet Place Part II

Original release date: March 20
Rescheduled date: September 4
John Krasinski’s horror sequel picks up mere minutes after the original left off, sending the surviving members of the Abbott family off into the big bad world beyond their homestead. Needless to say, they quickly discover there are dangers besides invading aliens who feast on noise... and human flesh.


Original release date: May 8
Rescheduled date: TBD
Aneesh Chaganty follows up his acclaimed debut, Searching, with another small-scale thriller that stars Sarah Paulson as an overprotective mother whose wheelchair-bound daughter (Kiera Allen) is about to teach her a seriously scary lesson.


Original release date: May 15
Rescheduled date: TBD
The Scooby-Doo franchise celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, and the Scooby Gang planned to celebrate with an all-new animated feature film. Instead, the Scooby snacks have been shelved until further notice.

The Secret: Dare to Dream

Original release date: April 17
Rescheduled date: TBD
Rhonda Byrne’s 2006 self-help tome provides the basis for this story of a single mother (Katie Holmes) trying to balance her work life and home life. Enter Josh Lucas, a mysterious man with a secret... who also knows the secret to achieving your goals.


Original release date: May 15
Rescheduled date: TBD
Chris Rock re-starts the stalled Saw franchise with the help of Samuel L. Jackson and Max Minghella. The trio play cops whose latest murder investigation points back to a certain puzzle-obsessed killer.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run

Original release date: May 22
Rescheduled date: July 31
Everyone’s favorite pineapple-under-the-sea dweller hits the big screen for the third time in an animated road trip that features a live-action cameo from the reigning King of All Media, Keanu Reeves.

The Tomorrow War

Original release date: December 25
Rescheduled date: TBD
Chris Pratt leaps forward to the distant future to battle invading aliens in the live action debut of Lego Batman Movie director, Chris McKay.

Trolls World Tour

Original release date: April 10
Rescheduled date: April 10
Instead of delaying the release date for Trolls World Tour, Universal made the potentially industry-altering decision to release the animated sequel on digital services for a 48-hour rental period the same day it was originally scheduled to arrive in theaters. Expect other studios to consider following suit.

The Woman in the Window

Original release date: May 15
Rescheduled date: TBD
Amy Adams headlines Joe Wright’s adaptation of the bestselling A.J. Finn novel, which promises to be like Gone Girl meets Rear Window.


Original release date: March 5, 2021
Rescheduled date: October 8, 2021
Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg headline the long-in-the-works feature film version of the best-selling video game franchise. Venom director, Ruben Fleischer, had only just called “Action” on the film when production was shut down due to the coronavirus.

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