Post-COVID 19: New release dates of Hollywood movies is here

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Post-COVID 19: New release dates of Hollywood movies is here

One of the most anticipated films of the year, Christopher Nolan’s espionage thriller ‘Tenet,’ finally has a release date. The coronavirus pandemic has significantly affected the theatrical release and runs for some of the big-ticket releases of the year. With most cinemas being shut at least till the end of this month around the world, the film (and many others) were constantly in speculation as to whether they would be able to hold on to their original release dates or not. For the moment, it can be confirmed that Tenet has been moved two weeks forward - now releasing on July 31, instead of its original mid-July opening. 

Tenet stars Robert Pattinson and John David Washington. In some parts of the United States where cinemas are still functioning normally, theatre owners will be re-releasing Nolan’s film Inception in honour of its 10th anniversary, as a two-week lead-in to Tenet as well. If rumours attached to Indian theatres are to be believed, Tenet might be the first major film to release in India after the lockdown as well. 

Meanwhile, Gal Gadot-starrer ‘Wonder Woman 1984,’ which is a part of the DC heroine franchise has also been pushed, but by almost two months. The film was to originally release on August 14, but will now come on October 2. Directed by Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman 1984 has been delayed a second time now, as it was originally slated to be a summer release hitting theatres on June 5. It was pushed due to lockdown. 

In a statement released by Warner Bros. Pictures, representatives shared their excitement over the fact that the long wait to release one film (Tenet) is finally over. While concerns at home and around the world still remain of whether people would be flocking to the theatres immediately once cinemas reopen, excitement for Tenet is still high and the fact that it is one of the first major films to release during the pandemic, it might bode well for ticket sales. 

The other major ticket film of the year is Disney’s remake of Mulan, which hits theatres on July 24. Two other films may hit theatres if cinemas open beforehand - Unhinged and The Broken Hearts Gallery, however, these are low-budget films and may not make it beyond American shores. Other Warner Bros. titles that are expected with a major release are Lin-Manual Miranda’s musical In The Heights (June 18, 2021) and Robert Pattinson-starrer The Batman (June 25, 2021).

Previously slated for a November 20 release, Godzilla vs. Kong will now come out on May 21, 2021. This is a rather long wait to watch these two epic characters to come together and clash. Especially since it is almost a year later than the original release date. The film was initially announced to come out during the summer this year, on May 22, 2020. 

Finally, Keanu Reeves starrer sci-fi epic The Matrix 4, which was until now holding on to its May 21, 2021 release date probably has the biggest push of all - the film will now release on April 1, 2022. This, of course, is owing to the fact that not only the release slate but even production for the film had to be halted due to social distancing norms in the pandemic. Once to be released on the same day as another Keanu Reeves franchise film - John Wick: Chapter 4, the much anticipated Matrix film will now arrive a month ahead. Directed by Lana Wachowski, with a script by her as well, this is the first Matrix film in nearly 20 years. Carrie-Anne Moss joins the cast, even though both her and Keanu’s characters died at the end of The Matrix Revolutions. Looks like we have to wait two years to find out how they return.

The pandemic issues of COVID 19 has placed itself as a major barricade for the production works and movie releases all over the world. Accordingly, Hollywood’s production houses have now announced the new release dates, which is pretty groovy news for the film buffs.


  • Tenet 
    New Release Date: July 31, 2020
  • Godzilla vs. Kong 
    New Release Date: May 31, 2021
  • Tom & Jerry
    New Release Date: March 5, 2021
  • The Matrix 4
    New Release Date: April 1, 2022
  • First Cow (2020)
    Released on March 6; being pulled from theatres 
    and planned for re-release later in the year, new date unknown
  • The Truth (La vérité) (2020) 
    Initial release date: March 20; in select theatres and on VOD on July 3

  • Blue Story
    Initial release date: March 20; new date unknown

  • A Quiet Place Part II (2020) 
    Initial release date: March 20 New release date: September 4

  • The Climb (2020) 
    Initial release date: March 2o - New date unknown

  • Mulan (2020)
    Initial release date: March 2 - New release date: July 24

  • Radium Girls (2020)
    Initial release date: April 3 - new date unknown
  • The New Mutants (2020)
    Initial release date: April 3 - New release date: August 28

  • No Time To Die (2020)
    Initial release date: April 4 (UK) / April 10 (US) New release date: November 12 (UK) / November 25 (US)
  • Saint Maud (2020)
    Initial release date: April 10 - new date unknown

  • Promising Young Woman (2020)
    Initial release date: April 17 - new date unknown

  • Antlers (2020)  
    Initial release date: April 17 - new date unknown

  • Antebellum (2020)
    Initial release date: April 24 - New release date: August 21

  • Black Widow (2020)
    Initial release date: May 1 New release date: November 6

  • The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020)
    Moved from May 8 - new date unknown

  • Run (2020)
    Initial release date: May 8; new date unknown

  • Spiral (2021)
    Initial release date: May 15; new date unknown

  • The Woman in the Window (2020)
    Initial release date: May 15 - new date unknown

  • The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (2020)
    Initial release date: May 22 - New release date: August 7

  • F9 (2021)
    Initial release date: May 22, 2020 - New release date: April 2, 2021

  • Artemis Fowl (2020)
    Re-Initial release date: May 29 theatrical release; premiering on Disney+ June 12

  • Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)
    Initial release date: June 5 New release date: October 2, 2020

  • Greyhound (2020)
    Initial release date: June 12; acquired by Apple TV+ but new date unknown

  • Candyman (2020)
    Initial release date: June 12 - New release date: September 25

  • Soul (2020)
    Initial release date: June 19 New release date: November 20

  • Top Gun: Maverick (2020)
    Initial release date: June 26 - New release date: December 23

  • In the Heights (2021)
    Initial release date: June 26, 2020 - New release date: June 18, 2021

  • Free Guy (2020)
    Initial release date: July 3, 2020 - New release date: December 11

  • Minions: The Rise of Gru (2021)
    Initial release date: July 3, 2020 - New release date: July 2, 2021

  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021)
    Initial release date: July 10, 2020 - New release date: March 5, 2021

  • The French Dispatch (2020)
    Initial release date: July 24 New release date: New release date: October 16, 2020

  • Jungle Cruise (2021)
    Initial release date: July 24, 2020 - New release date: July 30, 2021

  • Morbius (2021)
    Initial release date: July 31, 2020 - New release date: March 19, 2021

  • Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (2021)
    Initial release date: August 7, 2020
    New release date: January 15, 2021

  • Last Night in Soho (2021)
    Initial release date: September 25, 2020 - New release date: April 23, 2021

  • The Many Saints of Newark (2021)
    Initial release date: September 25, 2020 - New release date: March 12, 2021

  • Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021)
    Initial release date: October 2, 2020 - New release date: June 25, 2021

  • Eternals (2021)
    Initial release date: November 6, 2020 - New release date: February 12, 2021

  • Raya and the Last Dragon (2021)
    Initial release date: November 25, 2020 - New release date: March 12, 2021


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