Dune to James Bond: Films rescheduled in light of coronavirus lockdown

The cinema is a place that everybody loves, whether its to zone out for a few hours or to hang out with mates.

We've all found a love for a specific genre of films, whether that be a Rom-Com or a Horror, nothing beats sitting down to watch your favourite actor in a new film.

However, March 2020 saw the world close down almost instantly when the coronavirus swept across the globe killing millions.

This also meant that films were forced to halt production and some were even completely cancelled in light of the pandemic. Daily Star is here to tell you when some of the most anticipated films will now be released, as well as bringing the heartbreaking news that some may never be produced.

The French Dispatch

Originally scheduled to be released in July 2020, Wes Anderson's latest piece of work starring Timothée Chalamet, Saoirse Ronan and Bill Murray will now be available to watch in May 2021.

The film which focuses on an American journalist living in France delves into what is happening in "the real world" through three storylines.

Searchlight, the production company behind the film describe it as a "love letter to journalists," which "brings to life a collection of stories published in 'The French Dispatch' magazine."

The trailer for the movie sees Bill Murrary's character sat at the editor's desk of The French Dispatch magazine, reporting on the worlds politics as well as human interest.

It's believed that in typical Wes Anderson style, The French Dispatch will premiere at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival.

  • Marilyn Manson's self-pleasure and Avril Lavigne's 'clone' – wildest celeb conspiracy theories

No Time To Die

Perhaps the most hotly anticipated James Bond film of all time has left die-hard fans clutching at straws since it was revealed the film would be Wirral-born Daniel Craig's last appearance as Agent 007.

The latest Bond instalment, directed by Cary Fukunaga was the first blockbuster to be hit with huge delays just days before the World Health Organisation declared Covid-19 a worldwide pandemic.

No Time To Die was set to be released in April 2020 after having already rescheduled the release date on two occasions.

However, bosses were keen to make sure Bond fans would get their thrills and pushed the official launch date to November 2020.

Sadly, the UK faced a second-wave of the virus in October, just one month before it was scheduled to be released.

Now, bosses have confirmed a worldwide theatrical release for April 2020 – 12 months after it's original release date.

  • Sean Connery fans demand Edinburgh Airport is renamed after iconic James Bond star


The sequel to the 1992 horror film sees a graduate student look into an urban myth about a hook-handed murderer in the Cabrini-Green area of Chicago.

Directed by Nia DaCosta and written by Jordan Peele, the film was originally scheduled to be released on June 12 but like many, was forced to rethink when cinemas across the globe were forced to stay closed.

However, despite many production companies opting to release films online via view-on-demand, Nia was keen to ensure that film lovers across the world would enjoy the film together, at the cinema.

She tweeted: "We made Candyman to be seen in theatres. Not just for the spectacle but because the film is about community and stories."

Candyman will hit cinemas on August 27, 2021.

  • Tom Hardy rumoured to be cast as James Bond – replacing Daniel Craig in 007 role

The King's Man

Originally slated to have been released on September 18, 2020 – the Matthew Vaughn directed prequel to The Kingsman series, sees Ralph Fiennes and Gemma Arterton lead the world's first independent intelligence agency, fighting crime on an international level.

The "period-spy-action comedy" is the third instalment in the franchise and is set around World War I period.

Fans of the Marvel series will be introduced to the backstory of the agency which is hidden behind one of London's most prestigious Saville Row tailers.

The film will follow one man who attempts to stop crime lords who are gearing up to engage in war as well as wiping out humanity.

The King's Man will now be released on March 12, 2021.

  • Margot Robbie to lead all-female Pirates of the Caribbean in major shake-up

A Quiet Place Part II

Starring Emily Blunt and Cillian Murphy, the John Krasinski sequel to the 2018 hit, A Quiet Place, focuses on The Abbott family heading straight into the post-apocalyptic outside world where they must fight to survive while remaining silent.

There had been hopes that the film would be released before the impending lockdown after it's star-studded New York City premiere on March 8, just several days before the world shut down.

However, it was pulled at the last minute with director and producer Krasinski telling fans that it wasn't the "right time" for fans to gather in cinemas due to the virus.

Bosses at Paramount Studios had initially changed the release date to September 4 before the second wave of the virus took hold, forcing them to reschedule again.

A Quiet Place Part II will be released in April 2021.


Created by Denis Villeneuve, Dune follows a family who accepts a role supervising the planet Arrakis, a wasteland that is the only known source of a drug simply known as 'spice'.

Starring Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya Coleman and Rebecca Ferguson, the first of the two-part adaptation of the 1965 novel had originally been slated to be released on December 18, just four months after the epic trailer was released by the production company, Legendary.

However, producers of the hotly anticipated film have threatened to take legal action against Warner Bros and HBO Max.

It comes after Warner Brothers signed a deal with HBO which would allow blockbuster films to be available to stream online, the same day as its cinematic release.

A disgruntled Villeneuve wrote: "Warner Brothers' sudden reversal from being a legacy home for filmmakers to the new era of complete disregard draws a clear line for me.

"Filmmaking is a collaboration, reliant on the mutual trust of teamwork and Warner Brothers has declared they are no longer on the same team."

Dune will now be released to cinemas on October 1, 2021.

Speaking about the effects coronavirus has had on the film industry, filmmaker Jia Wertz told Daily Star: "COVID-19 has disrupted the global film industry, halted film production and caused some cinemas to shut their doors for good.

"Many films that would typically be blockbuster theatrical releases have been sent straight to streaming on-demand or postponed to 2021 in hopes that theatres will be able to reopen."

The filmmaker whose film Conviction was slated to premiere in New York added: "Theaters have been forced to think of alternative revenue streams, some partnering with technology platforms to create virtual cinemas, others bringing back drive-in theatres, but all these options come with their own set of drawbacks and don’t draw in large audiences or bring in as much revenue."

Which film are you most looking forward to seeing? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Read Full Article