COVID-19 continues to cause studios to push back their upcoming releases. Earlier today Disney announced the delay of Marvel’s “Black Widow,” a major blow that is sure to cause many summer blockbusters to follow suit. Now, the dominoes continue to fall as Lionsgate just announced the delay of three major films.
On Monday evening, Lionsgate released a statement announcing the delay of “Antebellum,” “Run,” and “Spiral” indefinitely. “Antebellum” was set to release April 24, “Run” on May 8, and “Spiral” on May 15. The announcement comes as no surprise given the slew of recent delays and theaters across the country temporarily shutting down. The studio put out the following statement via social media:
With theaters across the country closed, Lionsgate will be postponing the releases of ANTEBELLUM, RUN and SPIRAL. We can’t wait to share these films with the world when this challenging moment is behind us. pic.twitter.com/pLcX4F27jN
— Lionsgate Movies (@Lionsgate) March 18, 2020
“Antebellum” is written and directed by Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz and follows a successful author (Janelle Monáe) who finds herself in a horrifying reality and must uncover the mystery behind it before it’s too late.
”Run” is the latest thriller from “Searching” director Aneesh Chaganty and follows a home schooled teenager who suspects her mother (Sarah Paulson) is keeping a dark secret from her.
“Spiral” is Chris Rock’s re-imagining of the “Saw” franchise that follows two police officers (Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson) tacking down a serial killer who murders cops in a way that’s eerily reminiscent of the city’s past.
While their latest film, “I Still Believe,” came in at number one at the box office over the weekend, it only grossed just shy of $13.5 million. Needless to say, studios, Lionsgate included, are taking a massive hit while the coronavirus shuts down cities. It’s possible, however, that Lionsgate and other studios will follow Universal’s lead making some of their mid-low budget films available to rent on VOD. Even Warner Bros. pushed up the digital release date of DC’s “Birds of Prey” to March 24. The state of the film industry remains in a constant flux during this pandemic, and there are bound to be more summer releases that are delayed in the coming days/weeks.