“Our goals throughout this process have been to ensure the best chance of success for our films while being ready to support our theater partners with new content as soon as it can safely reopen,” said Toby. Emmerich, President of Warner Bros. Pictures Group.
“We will share a new release date for 2020 Principe, The totally original and breathtaking functionality of Christopher Nolan. We will not process Principe as a traditional global day and date version, and our future marketing and distribution plans will reflect that, ”Emmerich continued.
The head of the studio also announced that The conspiracy 3, scheduled for release on September 11, is postponed to June 4, 2021 (this decision was widely expected). Monday’s announcement has no impact Wonder Woman 1984, which remains scheduled for October 2, and Dune, scheduled for December 18.
American cinemas were hoping to reopen in late July, but it’s no longer possible in states like California. And while New York City entered the fourth and final phase of its reopening on Monday, it is unclear when theaters will be operational again (Los Angeles and New York are the two largest cinema markets in the country). Elsewhere, theaters may open fully in more than 35 states and partially open in another batch of states.
In the era of blockbusters, Hollywood typically released its films across the country at the same time. And globally, the United States is usually the first or the same day with a new version. With the pandemic, distributors are starting to rethink the way they release films, as Warners does, and may instead opt for a continuous launch – this reduction will also cut back on less expensive marketing campaigns – and open up markets where the pandemic has abated.
Cinemas in many overseas territories have started to reopen as COVID-19 cases. Over the weekend, the new South Korean film Peninsula opened at $ 20 million in South Korea and four other Asian markets.
While North America is the largest movie market in the world, a Hollywood tentpole such as Principe can see two-thirds of its box office come from international territories.
Little is known about Nolan’s $ 200 million film other than that it concerns international espionage and deals with the time continuum. John David Washington directs an ensemble cast that includes Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Kenneth Branagh and Michael Caine.
It remains to be seen if Disney grows too Mulan again (as of now, the epic directed by Niki Caro is scheduled for August 21).
Solstice Studios’s Imbalance, a road rage thriller with Russell Crowe, is set to push back its release date to July 31. Sony / TriStar romantic comedy La galerie Broken Hearts is scheduled for August 7.