Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!
It’s official! The three biggest movie theater circuits in the U.S. – AMC, Cinemark, and now Regal – will all be open in July! Cineworld Group, the owner of Regal Cinemas, announced that it was planning to open all of its theaters by July 10, and has updated its booking system to ensure social distancing throughout auditoriums, adapted daily screening schedules to avoid crowds, and enhanced cleaning procedures to help keep audiences safe.
Cinemark highlighted its safety precautions in an exclusive segment on the TODAY show, and movie lovers can expect plenty of popcorn and Plexiglass. Cinemark Theatres CEO Mark Zoradi gave a personal video tour of what movie theaters will look like when doors reopen beginning on Friday with a handful of Cinemark theaters in Dallas, followed by opening theaters across the country by the middle of July. (TODAY, The Wrap)
Warner Bros. made some tweaks to its upcoming slate as theater reopening dates began to solidify around the world, including shifting Christopher Nolan’s Tenet back two weeks to July 31 and Wonder Woman 1984 to October 2. Other WB movies just now getting back into production were also on the move, including Matrix 4 shifting to April 1, 2022, Godzilla vs. Kong taking over Matrix 4‘s original May 21, 2021 date, and the cartoon action hybrid Tom & Jerry moving off Dec. 23 and heading to March 5, 2021. (Deadline)
The game of movie musical chairs started by Warner Bros. rippled through the entire film slate, as other studios adjusted their own premiere dates accordingly. Universal Pictures’ Bios, starring Tom Hanks, relocated its release from Oct. 2, 2020 to April 16, 2021 since Wonder Woman 1984 landed in its original spot. Bill & Ted Face The Music also moved up a week In August after Wonder Woman jumped to October. Solstice Studios bumped Unhinged, the Russell Crowe road-rage movie, from July 1 to July 10 to be closer to Tenet’s new date. The Bond film No Time to Die moved up five days in the U.S. to take advantage of the Godzilla vs. Kong shift, although it will keep its November 25 date in the UK. Disney also announced a round of release date changes, including the animated gorilla tale The One And Only Ivan to Disney+, the Peter Jackson documentary The Beatles: Get Back, which was initially set for Sept. 4 of this year and will now go close to a year later on Aug. 27, 2021, and Searchlight’s drama The Personal History of David Copperfield, which is now scheduled to go on Aug. 14, 2020. (The Hollywood Reporter, Deadline, Variety)
Now that Christopher Nolan fans have to wait another couple of weeks for Tenet, speculation is growing that the highly anticipated film is actually a sequel to his 2010 mind-bender, Inception! Think about it… Inception is now being re-released on Tenet’s original date… The film’s stars and their character names are not listed on IMBD… Hmmm… Who doesn’t love a good Hollywood conspiracy theory? (Screen Rant)
As a result of the global pandemic, the 93rd Academy Awards ceremony has been pushed back from Feb. 28 to April 25, for only the fourth time in its history. In turn, the Oscars eligibility period for feature films — which began on Jan. 1, 2020 and was set to expire at the end of Dec. 31, 2020 — has been extended to Feb. 28, 2021. Studios are thrilled by the deadline delay because it gives much needed extra time for those films that may have been stalled in post-production. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences also announced Academy Aperture 2025, the latest efforts to increase diversity in the film community, including plans for a more inclusive Oscar race. (The Hollywood Reporter, Variety)
Universal’s Jurassic World: Dominion is set to be the first major studio movie to re-start filming proper in the UK, with cameras due to roll the second week of July at Pinewood Studios. The filmmakers and studio top brass have pulled out all the stops to get the production back underway, and production staff have been implementing rigorous safety protocols on-site rumored to cost upwards $5 million. Stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will be flying back to the UK shortly where they will need to carry out a two-week quarantine per new government regulations. (Deadline)
Production is already back underway on the Avatar sequels – writer/director James Cameron had been towards the tail end of production on Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 in New Zealand when the worldwide pandemic ground everything to a halt, but thanks to the New Zealand government’s swift action on COVID-19, Cameron is back on set behind a very long crane camera, according to a photo released by franchise producer Jon Landau. (Collider)
Salma Hayek shared the new poster for The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, now due out on August 20, 2021. Set on the Amalfi coast, the sequel follows the mismatched, high-octane trio who are unwillingly pulled onto the side of the good guys as they battle to save Europe from a vengeful and powerful zealot with a dangerously over-developed sense of national pride. Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Hayek, and Richard E. Grant are back from the 2017 movie, and they will be joined by Antonio Banderas, Morgan Freeman, Frank Grillo, and Tom Hooper. (Live For Films)
While Ghostbusters fans are stuck patiently waiting for the arrival of Ghostbusters: Afterlife since the film was delayed from its original July release date this summer to spring of 2021, the cast of the original Ghostbusters got back together virtually to give true believers a treat with a look back at the making of the original 1984 sci-fi comedy classic in the latest edition of his nostalgic web series Reunited Apart with Josh Gad. The group included Director Ivan Reitman, co-writer and star Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts, and even William Atherton all participated in this supernatural trip down memory lane, and Ghostbusters: Afterlife director Jason Reitman came along for the ride too. (/Film)
Studios are moving premiere dates around to ensure moviegoers have a lot to look forward to when theaters reopen, including the following shifts to the film slate announced this week:
- Unhinged (July 1, 2020 to July 10, 2020)
- Tenet (July 17, 2020 to July 31, 2020)
- Bill & Ted Face the Music (August 21, 2020 to August 14, 2020)
- Greenland (July 31, 2020 to August 14, 2020)
- Wonder Woman 1984 (August 14, 2020 to October 2, 2020)
- The One and Only Ivan (August 14, 2020 to VOD)
- No Time To Die (November 25, 2020 to November 20, 2020)
- Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (October 23, 2020 to January 22, 2021)
- Bios (October 2, 2020 to April 16, 2021)
- Godzilla vs. Kong (November 20, 2020 to May 21, 2021)
- Tom and Jerry (December 23, 2020 to March 5, 2021)
- Matrix 4 (May 21, 2021 to April 1, 2022)
- The Witches (October 9, 2020 to TBD)
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