Edited by: Odleen Catherny
NEW YORK: Warner Bros. has decided to delay the summer release of “Wonder Woman 1984” and removed the adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “In the Heights” from its schedule due to the Covid-19 pandemic, yesterday.
With much of Hollywood’s spring release calendar already vacated due to the virus, major summer movies are also increasingly reshuffling. “Wonder Woman 1984,” the sequel to 2017′s “Wonder Woman,” will now hit theaters on Aug. 14 instead of June 5.
“In the Heights,” directed by “Crazy Rich Asians” filmmaker Jon M. Chu, had been slated for June 26 but now isn’t dated for release. Miranda, in a recent livestream interview with Rosie O’Donnell, revealed that the score was being recorded when post-production work slowed due to the outbreak.
She said that there’s a lot to be done on the movie and they were finishing the score and the mixing and also getting the right music.
In addition, the studio took several other films off its release schedule including the “Scooby-Doo” movie “Scoob,” previously planned for May 15, and the James Wan thriller “Malignant,” previously set for Aug. 14.
Several likely spring and summer blockbusters have already been delayed, including Marvel’s “Black Widow” (previously May 1, now unscheduled); the “Fast and Furious” movie “F9,” (now slated for 2021); the Bond movie “No Time to Die” (moved to November); and “A Quiet Place Part II” (not currently dated).
While some recent releases have moved to streaming platforms or on-demand with theaters closed, Hollywood’s top productions have opted to wait until they can play in cinemas.
Director Patty Jenkins tweeted that they made ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ for the big screen and believed in the power of cinema.
He added that in these terrible times, when theater owners are struggling as so many are, they are also excited to re-date their film to August 14th, 2020, in a theater and pray for better times for all by then.