The growing concerns over the novel coronavirus outbreak has effectively put Hollywood on hold. Productions are being halted, release dates postponed, and annual festivals are being canceled. Not to mention, people aren't exactly rushing to the movies at a time when public gatherings are being discouraged nationwide. With so much uncertainty surrounding the spread of the global health pandemic, it's unclear at the moment just how many films, television shows, and events will be affected but in a major movie year like 2020 (Disney's live-action Mulan and F9 have already been pushed back), this is certainly unprecedented.
Here's a guide to all of the entertainment projects and live events that have been either delayed or canceled thus far. We'll keep updating the list, as even more are expected to occur as COVID-19 precautions sweep the industry.
On March 11, a representative from Warner Bros. TV confirmed to Variety that production on the hit CW show Riverdale would be halted after the discovery that a person working on the show came in recent contact with someone who had tested positive for COVID-19."We have been made aware that a team member from Riverdale, which is produced in Vancouver, was recently in contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19," shared a spokesperson. "The team member is currently receiving medical evaluation."
The Morning Show
On March 12, production on flagship Apple TV+ drama The Morning Show came grinding to a halt. Founder and CEO of Media Res, Michael Ellenberg, told Deadline the decision had been made to take a two-week hiatus "in concert" with their partners at Apple.
Ryan Murphy's The Prom
Despite being just a few days shy of wrapping up production, Murphy's feature adaptation of the Tony-nominated stage musical The Prom has shut down due to concerns over an on-location shoot at a local Los Angeles school. "No one has the coronavirus, this is just being prudent with everything that is going on around the world," a source reportedly told Deadline.The Netflix film stars Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Keegan-Michael Key, Kerry Washington, and Andrew Rannells. It is set to premiere in 2020.
On March 11, CBS announced that production on the 41st season of Survivor, which was set to begin in Fiji in March, had been delayed until May 19 "due to concerns and uncertainty surrounding the spread of COVID-19 globally," according to a statement from a CBS spokesperson.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Night With Seth Meyers
Two late-night talk shows have opted to cancel a week of tapings in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic. According to The New York Times, both broadcasts are suspending production until at least March 30. The Times reported that both productions had planned for hiatuses the week of March 23, but it appears the speed of the virus's spread in the United States has accelerated the timeline.Originally, tapings were set to continue without studio audiences, a move The Ellen DeGeneres Show also opted for earlier this week. But fears surrounding the novel coronavirus have since progressed."Things are moving very fast," Meyers said of the coronavirus's spread, explaining that scheduled guests "with great reason" had decided not to appear on Thursday night's (March 12) show. "We decided to cancel it and we don’t know when we’re gonna start doing shows again," he concluded.
On March 12, Disney confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that it would push Mulan's North American theatrical release from March 27 to a new date later in the year in response to growing concerns surrounding the novel coronavirus outbreak worldwide. The studio has not yet announced a new release date.
No Time to Die
On March 4, MGM announced that after careful "evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace" it would officially delay the latest James Bond film's release until November 25, 2020.
On March 12, Universal Pictures confirmed that it would be postponing the ninth installment of the globally successful Fast and Furious franchise which was set for release on May 22 by nearly a year. It will now hit theaters on April 2, 2021."To our family and Fast fans everywhere," the statement began. "We feel all the love and the anticipation you have for the next chapter in our saga. That's why it's especially tough to let you know that we have to move the release date of the film." The decision to push the release date was made once it became "clear that it won't be possible" for many fans around the world to see the film amid COVID-19 concerns.
Peter Rabbit 2
On March 10, Sony announced that it would push back the worldwide release of Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway from early April to August, bypassing its Easter premiere.
A Quiet Place Part II
On March 12, A Quiet Place Part II director John Krasinski took to social media to personally announce that the horror sequel would no longer be released on March 19, citing the "ever-changing circumstances of what's going on in the world around us." Since movie-going is such a communal experience, he said, "I'm gonna wait to release the film til we CAN all see it together."
Per Paramount Pictures, the April release of Issa Rae and Kamail Nanjiani's modern rom-com The Lovebirds has been pushed back. However, the studio has not yet set a new release date.
The New Mutants
The New Mutants just can't catch a break. After numerous delays, the teenage X-Men spinoff which was originally pushed back in January 2018 under 20th Century Fox (now owned by Disney) has been postponed yet again "out of an abundance of caution." The horror-mutant film, from director Josh Boone, was set for an April 3 release. No new release date has been set by Disney.
Disney and Searchlight Pictures also delayed the release of director Scott Cooper's indie horror film, which was slated for release on April 17. The studio has yet to set a new premiere date for the film, which stars Keri Russell and Jesse Plemons.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Marvel Studios officially halted production on Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings in Australia amid coronavirus concerns, according to The Hollywood Reporter. However, the film is not shutting down completely. Director Destin Daniel Cretton is currently in self-isolation at the behest of a doctor — the director is a new father and is taking the necessary precautions — but other elements of production will be going forward as planned."As many of you know, Destin, our director, has a newborn baby," read the note shared with the Shang-Chi film crew. "He wanted to exercise additional caution given the current environment and decided to get tested for COVID-19 today. He is currently self-isolating under the recommendation of his doctor."This film will mark Shang-Chi's live-action debut within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Canadian actor Simu Liu will be taking on the titular role.
The Secret Garden
The Secret Garden is closed for now. The release of the family film is being pushed back from April 3 to August 14, Deadline reports.
StudioCanal quoted "precautionary measures" as the reason behind the delay, as concerns over the global spread of the novel coronavirus have caused the company to close its London office temporarily."A film that most certainly appeals to a family and older audience, the studio has has taken the decision to move out of a potentially high-risk period as the coronavirus situation continues to escalate," read a statement from the studio.The office will remain closed for two weeks beginning on Monday (March 16). This is the latest adaptation of the Frances Hodgson Burnett classic of the same name, in which a young orphan happens upon a beautiful but secret garden while in the care of her estranged uncle.
The Last Duel
Production on Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel has also come to a halt, Variety reports. The star-studded period piece had been shooting in Ireland since February, given the travel restrictions in Europe as well as the growing concerns over the novel coronavirus, the decision was made to "delay the shoot indefinitely."The film starring Matt Damon, Adam Driver, and Ben Affleck, and written by Damon and Affleck was set to be released on December 25, 2020.
Just one week before the start of SXSW, the City of Austin has cancelled the annual tech, music, and film festival amid growing concerns over the coronavirus outbreak. "SXSW will faithfully follow the City’s directions," organizers said in a statement. The fallout from the event's cancellation is far-reaching for filmmakers, distributors, and festival employees. In fact, SXSW confirmed that layoffs would impact nearly one-third of festival employees in a "necessary but heartbreaking step."
Tribeca Film Festival
On March 12, co-founder and CEO of Tribeca Enterprises, Jane Rosenthal, confirmed that she and her team had made the "difficult decision" to postpone the 19th Tribeca Film Festival, set to be held April 15 through April 26 in New York City, based on Governor Andrew Cuomo's recommendation of banning events of 500 people or more to cull the spread of the novel coronavirus outbreak."We are committed to ensuring the health and safety of the public while also supporting our friends, filmmakers and storytellers who look to Tribeca as a platform to showcase their work to audiences," the statement read. "We will be back to you shortly with our plans."
On March 12, organizers announced the cancellation of this year's CinemaCon, the annual Las Vegas gathering of global movie theater owners, due to concern over the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the globe."This year, due to the travel ban from the European Union, the unique travel difficulties in many other areas of the world and other challenges presented by the Coronavirus pandemic, a significant portion of the worldwide motion picture community is not able to attend CinemaCon," NATO’s John Fithian and Mitch Neuhauser said in a statement to Variety. "We look forward to continuing the 10-year tradition of presenting the largest movie theater convention in the world and joining our attendees in future celebrations of the moviegoing experience."CinemaCon 2020 was scheduled to run March 30 to April 2.