The Coronavirus strikes again, Part 2!
Following on from yesterday's report of Coachella and its sister festival Stagecoach having been postponed until later in the year, it seems films aren't immune the wide spread disease with not one, but three titles being delayed until this pandemic either passes or at least comes under control.
The films that have been confirmed to have pushed back their release dates are: Daniel Craig's final outing as James Bond in No Time To Die, the family friendly Peter Rabbit 2 and in the last few hours John Krasinski's follow up to his 2018 hit A Quiet Place Part II.
Paramount, the studio behind A Quiet Place Part II released the following statement:
“After much consideration, and in light of the ongoing and developing situation concerning coronavirus and restrictions on global travel and public gatherings, Paramount Pictures will be moving the worldwide release of A Quiet Place Part II.
We believe in and support the theatrical experience, and we look forward to bringing this film to audiences this year once we have a better understanding of the impact of this pandemic on the global theatrical marketplace.”
While Krasinski went a little more personal to his fans.
The cynic in me see this as nothing more than the film studios protecting their investments, but at the same time, when cinemas around the world are closed in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19, there is no reason to even think of releasing a film, even if you sent it straight to streaming sites, we all know that a great movie needs to be seen on the big screen.