Disney Delays Ryan Reynolds “Free Guy”, “Death on the Nile”

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Disney has announced yet another reshuffle to the studio’s release schedule, postponing Ryan Reynolds’ action comedy “Free Guy” and “Death on the Nile,” the sequel to Kenneth Branagh’s hit “The Murder on the Orient Express”.”Free Guy” was scheduled for December 11th and “Death on the Nile” was scheduled to debut on December 18th. No new release date.

Delays are another big blow for cinemas, which are struggling to sell tickets due to the lack of new films. As it stands, “Wonder Woman 1984,” the comic book sequel starring Gal Gadot, is the only potential blockbuster still slated for 2020. The tentpole superhero will premiere on Christmas Day. Smaller films, like Universal’s animated adventure “The Croods: A New Age” on November 25, the thriller “Freaky” on November 13, and “Promising Young Woman” on December 25, also remain on deck this year. .

Film streaming in the United States has yet to rebound amid the pandemic, especially as major markets like Los Angeles and New York remain closed. According to Comscore, about 50% of US theaters are open.

“Free Guy,” directed by Shawn Levy, follows a bank teller named Guy (Reynolds) who discovers he’s a background character in a video game that’s about to be shut down forever. Jodie Comer, Lil Rel Howery, Utkarsh Ambudkar and Taika Waititi complete the cast.

“Death on the Nile” stars Branagh as Detective Hercule Poirot as he investigates the murder of a young heiress aboard a cruise ship that sails on the Nile. Along with Branagh, the star-studded cast includes Gal Gadot, Letitia Wright, Armie Hammer, Annette Bening and Russell Brand. “Murder on the Orient Express” was a huge box office success, earning over $ 350 million at the global box office.



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