More films have been pulled or postponed for release as the COVID-19 pandemic increases its effect on the film industry and public gatherings in general. On top of Paramount Pictures’ Thursday morning release pull of “A Quiet Place ll,” the romantic comedy “The Lovebirds,” starring Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae, and the Andrew Onwubolu-directed crime drama, “Blue Story” have now been pulled back from their respective March premieres.
Universal has temporarily pulled the plug on the release of “Fast & Furious 9” until April 2021, as all precautionary concerns continue to grow in the entertainment industry and beyond. “F9” star Vin Diesel made fans aware via social media:
“We feel all the love and the anticipation you have for the next chapter in our saga,” wrote Diesel. “That’s why it’s especially tough to let you know that we have to move the release date of the film. It’s become clear that it won’t be possible for all of our fans around the world to see the film this May.
While we know there is disappointment in having to wait a little while longer, this move is made with the safety of everyone as our foremost consideration,” said Diesel.
Even for “The Lovebirds” star, Kumail Nanjiani, the cause for concern is immediate and should be handled with smart planning. “Slowing the spread saves lives. Wash your hands, don’t touch your face, avoid crowds, especially if you’re sick. You may be healthy/unconcerned about coronavirus. Help those who don’t have that luxury,” he wrote in a Tweet.
The movie theater industry will not be flourishing anytime soon as COVID-19 puts more pressure on distributors and venues, including theaters around the globe. The London-owned Cineworld theater could be facing a closure of its theater for up to three months, should its stakes and debts continue to plummet its economical legs amid the viral crisis.
The impact is felt throughout the region as further cancellations include Disney’s European premiere of “Mulan” being called off Thursday. The red carpet was to welcoem stars Yifei Liu, Donnie Yen Yoson An and Jason Scott Lee to celebrate the premiere of the Disney live-action remake.
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