Amid the countless demoralizing announcements of postponed productions, closing cinemas, and travel bans hitting the film and television industry worldwide, there’s finally a glimmer of hope that there’s light at the end of this very dark tunnel. As per The Hollywood Reporter, cinemas in China – the first affected country of the COVID-19 virus – are beginning to re-open.
Patrick Brzeski of The Hollywood Reporter writes that 17 cinemas had returned to business by Wednesday.” With the recent news that the U.S. and the U.K., among others, have completely shut down cinema chains, it’s encouraging that at least one country has begun taking steps in bringing back this industry.
With the number of postponed releases increasing every day, including Marvel’s “Black Widow” and Disney’s “Mulan,” China will be screening box office successes from recent years, with a range of films from all over the world for this first wave.
The list of films believed to be part of the collection includes Best Picture winner “Green Book,” the comedy-drama “A Dog’s Purpose,” and the Academy Award nominated Lebanese film “Capernaum,” according to Variety.
A spokesperson from “Capernaum’s” distributor Road Pictures spoke to Variety, and they published the following quote:
“Our film was selected by the government to be re-released to support the theater chains which have been financially devastated by the epidemic. Theaters will retain 100 percent of the revenue from these re-releases.”
Other films set for re-release in China include box office juggernauts “The Wandering Earth” and “Wolf Warrior 2,” the latter of which being the highest grossing movie in China’s box office history.
It’s still going to be a while before every cinema in the country opens its doors again, but it’s encouraging that so many have already begun to do so. Those films pushed back in the U.S., and others will be unable to screen in China at the moment, but at least this contingency plan of showing beloved box office successes should see movie-goers eager to return to theaters once more.
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