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Every movie and TV show delayed due to the coronavirus

Even though we're only a few months into the new decade, the 2020s have already been defined by an international health crisis known as COVID-19. This particularly dangerous virus has spread throughout the world at a much faster rate than most could have anticipated, creating a worldwide atmosphere of fear as a virus deadlier than the seasonal flu strikes the most vulnerable populations.

To try and prevent the incredibly rapid spread of COVID-19, some countries are limiting travel and closing their borders — after a terrible outbreak, Italy placed limits on all travel and put its residents under a strict quarantine, essentially closing some of the world's most historically relevant major cities — and unsurprisingly, this shutdown is also affecting the entertainment industry in a big way. Film festivals and premieres are getting rescheduled and canceled right and left, and between quarantined shooting locations, contaminated cast and crew members, and concerns about crowds attending new movies, a lot of projects have ground to a screeching halt in the face of COVID-19. Here's every movie and TV show currently delayed due to the coronavirus. We'll keep this list updated as any and all news breaks.

No Time to Die

One of the first cinematic casualties of COVID-19 was the final outing for Daniel Craig as James Bond, halting one of the biggest movies of the spring season. In early March of 2020, MGM, Universal, and the producers of No Time to Die announced that the film's original release of April 10, 2020 would no longer come to fruition, and the film would have to wait until November 25, 2020.

In a statement obtained by the BBC, the producers explained their reasoning, saying, "Just one person, who may not even show symptoms, could infect the rest of the audience. It's just a movie. The health and well-being of fans around the world, and their families, is more important. We have all waited over four years for this film. Another few months will not damage the quality of the film and only help the box office for Daniel Craig's final hurrah."

Though some Bond fans will definitely be disappointed by this delay, it's clear that the reasoning behind the choice wasn't just sound, but extraordinarily considerate to those most affected by this virus. Certainly, Craig and crew wanted fans to see their newest film as soon as possible, but this humane and prescient decision will absolutely protect people from this viral outbreak, as well as drum up even more anticipation for Craig's final Bond film.

A Quiet Place Part II

As COVID-19 spreads, the atmosphere surrounding this pandemic is becoming more tense and frightening, and as such, a stark dystopian tale about an alien apocalypse might not be a huge theatrical success right at this exact moment. That might be just one reason as to why A Quiet Place Part II, the sequel to John Krasinski's directorial horror debut which premiered to rave reviews in 2018, has been officially placed on the backburner for the spring release season.

In a statement, Paramount announced that though they were placing A Quiet Place Part 2 on a temporary hold, they don't yet have a new release date for the film, which finds Emily Blunt's character trying to protect her family in a world where monsters can track your every sound.

According to Variety, producers said in a 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."

Riverdale season 4

The CW's wildest teen show is also facing delays as a result of COVID-19, leading the residents of Riverdale in the lurch. The Archie Comics spin-off, which also faced a series of hardships in 2019 due to the unexpected death of series star Luke Perry, was forced to halt production as a result of possible contamination.

The Hollywood Reporter announced that, during standard production in Vancouver, Riverdale put a hold on its upcoming fourth season, due to the fact that someone on the show's team apparently came into contact with an infected party. Since risks really can't be taken where COVID-19 is concerned, Warner Bros. saw fit to shut down production until the matter is handled. As of this writing, production is shut down indefinitely until the matter can be resolved responsibly by the entire team, and though Riverdale fans will undoubtedly be disappointed, the health of the cast and crew is obviously the most important consideration for the show.

Fast & Furious 9

If fans were hoping that the next Fast & Furious film would arrive on... well, a fast and furious schedule, it looks like they'll be disappointed. In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, Fast & Furious 9 is facing a serious delay, moving its release date by a full year to accommodate audiences trying to avoid this virus.

Universal Studios (as confirmed by Variety) announced that the film would be delayed nearly a full year, jumping from May 22, 2020 to April 2, 2021. As the team said on Twitter, "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. It's become clear that it won't be possible for all of our fans around the world to see the film this May."

Though the Fast & Furious crew knows their fans are bummed, they reassured their loyal followers that the decision was made with safety in mind: "While we know there is disappointment in having to wait a little while longer, this move is made with the safety of everyone as our foremost consideration. Moving will allow our global family to experience our new chapter together. We'll see you next next spring."

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

Even the Marvel Cinematic Universe isn't immune to coronavirus concerns. Along with several other Disney projects, the upcoming Disney+ show The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which follows Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan as Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes, has been delayed due to this growing pandemic. Exactly what effect this will have on the series' intended Fall 2020 premiere remains to be seen.

The main reason that The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is getting held up for the time being comes down to its filming location; though the production was all set to film in Prague in the heart of the Czech Republic, the entire continent of Europe is feeling the effects of coronavirus at an especially high level, with Italy currently at the epicenter. For that reason, Prague is a no-go for the time being, and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will both have to wait.

Stan took to Instagram to address Marvel fans, lavishing praise upon Prague and the production itself with the caption, "Prague. What a city. We've been shooting #TheFalconAndTheWinterSoldier and experiencing one of the most beautiful cities in the world filled with the most wonderful and welcoming people. Now we are being sent home. Too soon. Prague, you're gonna be in my thoughts for a long time. Thank you. Will be back. Thinking of you. #BuckytakesEurope." These two superheroes might be unstoppable in the MCU, but COVID-19 has put their story into cryo-freeze for now.

Survivor

With COVID-19 appearing on every single continent (except for Antarctica), it stands to reason that canceling productions in far-flung locales so as not to spread infection further is a pretty good idea, and this consideration has hit reality television hard.

Survivor, CBS' stalwart series which places average citizens in the wilderness to survive on their own merit, recently announced that it would take a break in advance of its astounding 41st season to contend with coronavirus. As the West Coast editor for Vulture, Josef Adalian, reported on Twitter, "CBS and the producers of "Survivor" have taken the precautionary measure to delay production on the 41st season, which was set to begin filming later this month in Fiji. Pending worldwide events, the plan is to return to production on May 19th." Surviving Survivor is hard enough, and adding a global pandemic into the mix is certainly a bad idea for the show's cast and crew, who often suffer injuries and illnesses in the show's remote locations, so this seems like a good call all around.

The Amazing Race

Similar to Survivor, another long-running CBS reality show is facing an unexpected and unprecedented delay — but in this case, it's to prevent casts and crews from traveling to multiple locations, any of which could be suffering from the infection.

Though no cases of coronavirus were directly reported on the set of The Amazing Race, producers told Variety that they suspended production out of "an abundance of caution," sending players home from filming during the show's 33rd season. In a statement, producers told the outlet, "At this time, no Racers or anyone on the production team travelling with them have contracted the virus, or shown symptoms, and we are not aware of anyone being exposed to it. Out of an abundance of caution, everyone involved in the show will continue to be monitored when they return home. The health and well-being of the Racers and the production team are our top priorities." No return date has been set for any of this season's Racers or the production itself.

Mission: Impossible 7

European filming locations are obviously a no-go during the height of coronavirus' spread, especially within Italy. As a result, one of Hollywood's favorite franchises has been forced to delay filming.

The seventh film in the Mission: Impossible series — which, of course, stars Tom Cruise — has placed a hold on filming after Italy's serious outbreak, as the production had been set to film in Venice. The historic floating city, which receives millions of tourists every year, is under complete lockdown as of this writing, and shortly before Mission: Impossible halted filming, Venice went so far as to cancel their annual carnival celebrations.

A Paramount representative told The Hollywood Reporter that "out of an abundance of caution for the safety and well-being of our cast and crew, and efforts of the local Venetian government to halt public gatherings in response to the threat of coronavirus, we are altering the production plan for our three-week shoot in Venice, the scheduled first leg of an extensive production for Mission: Impossible 7." No return date is set just yet, and it remains to be seen if this will delay the film's anticipated release date of July 23, 2021.

Peter Rabbit 2

Even if a film's production isn't halted due to coronavirus, with audiences staying home across the world, studios are choosing to hold some of their bigger spring releases until later in 2020 so the films don't take a potentially enormous financial hit. Another example of this, beyond Bond, is a much more family-friendly English icon: Peter Rabbit 2.

Originally scheduled for a March 27 release in the United Kingdom — followed by an April 3 release in the United States — Sony has pushed back Peter Rabbit 2's release all the way to August 7 in Europe, with an international release coming shortly thereafter. The film stars James Corden reprising his voice role as the title rabbit, with voice performances from Margot Robbie and Elizabeth Debicki as well as supporting live-action performances from Domhnall Gleeson and Rose Byrne, among others.

Sony hasn't released a direct statement, but as The Hollywood Reporter points out, it's not hard to understand why they would make this choice after the first Peter Rabbit film earned the lion's share of its money in the international market. Hopefully, the worst of the pandemic will have passed by August, allowing Peter Rabbit 2 to hop into theaters worldwide as planned.

The Lovebirds

In the midst of a frightening pandemic, audiences are looking for escapist fare more than ever, but unfortunately, some upcoming romantic comedies are getting shelved until further notice due to the virus. One such casualty is The Lovebirds, Paramount's upcoming rom-com starring Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani, which has been pulled from the studio's lineup.

Ahead of its planned April 3, 2020 release, the Michael Showalter film has been placed on an indefinite hold, with no new release date announced just yet. Unfortunately, this is the second bout of bad news for the film; it was supposed to premiere at the South by Southwest film festival, originally planned for March 13 through 22 in Austin, Texas, but the entire festival itself was canceled due to coronavirus concerns. Indie films are likely to take an even bigger hit than studio productions during this outbreak, so here's hoping that The Lovebirds, along with Paramount's limited-release crime drama Blue Story, will make their way into theaters before too long.

Mulan

Fans of animated Disney classics — and their live-action remakes — were surely disappointed when the studio announced that their highly anticipated live-action reboot of Mulan would also face delays due to the coronavirus crisis. Before the film's planned release on March 27, Disney broke the news that Mulan would simply have to wait.

Per Niki Caro, the film's director, the decision was made out of respect to the global pandemic, and she took to Instagram to explain the film's unfortunate delay: "We are so excited to share this film with the world, but given the current ever-shifting circumstances we are all experiencing, unfortunately, we have to postpone the worldwide release of MULAN for now. Our hearts are with everyone the world over who is affected by this virus, and we hope that Mulan's fighting spirit will continue to inspire those who are working so hard to keep us all safe. Thank you for all of your enthusiasm and support, and I can't wait for the day where we will all get to experience this tale of a girl warrior who became a legend together."

Currently, there's no new release date set just yet for Mulan.

New Mutants

Sometimes, when a film faces delay after delay after delay, it seems like it might never see the light of day; unfortunately, that seems to be the case for the X-Men spin-off The New Mutants.

After facing multiple delays due to a number of factors, including Fox's acquisition by Disney, and rumors of reshoots that apparently didn't even end up happening, The New Mutants has been delayed yet again thanks to the ongoing threat of coronavirus. This news comes after questions over whether or not Disney would even release the film, which was one of the holdovers from Fox's theatrical schedule, but it ended up with a planned April 3 release date... only to be pulled yet again.

In an even more frustrating twist, fans excited for The New Mutants — who have been waiting about three years for the film to hit theaters — will remain in the dark, as no new date has been set for the film just yet.

Antlers

Smaller films are likely to take an even bigger hit when it comes to delayed releases. Antlers, a daring indie horror film starring Keri Russell and Jesse Plemons, is just one example, according to a report by The Hollywood Reporter.

With a planned April 17 release by Searchlight Pictures (formerly Fox Searchlight), Antlers, which is directed by Crazy Heart helmer Scott Cooper and produced by horror auteur Guillermo del Toro, has been delayed by parent company Disney.

Like some of Disney's other delays, including Mulan and The New Mutants, Antlers also has no planned release date as of yet, which has to be frightening and frustrating for Cooper and his crew in advance of the film's planned release. However, with public gatherings canceled left and right and local and national governments across the globe encouraging "social distancing," it makes sense that moviegoers might be staying home more than usual, which could lead to dismal returns for these films if they went ahead with their releases as planned.

Grey's Anatomy

Even the fictional medical community isn't safe from coronavirus. ABC's long-running medical drama Grey's Anatomy, the Shonda Rhimes-led tentpole series that recently passed a record-breaking 350 episodes in November of 2019, has placed its production on hold due to concerns over the effects of COVID-19.

According to a report by TVLine, the primetime staple — which is now led by showrunner and executive producer Krista Vernoff, executive producer and actor Debbie Allen, and line producer James Williams — released a letter to their cast and crew on March 12 announcing a production pause for everyone's safety. With 21 episodes completed (out of 25) for the show's 16th season, the Grey's powers that be have made the decision to pause production, at least for a little while. In the letter, the trio explained, "Out of an abundance of caution, production is postponed on Grey's Anatomy effective immediately. We are going home now for at least two weeks and waiting to see how the coronavirus situation evolves. This decision was made to ensure the health and safety of the whole cast and crew and the safety of our loved ones outside of work." The trio also urged their co-workers to "stay safe, stay healthy, stay hydrated, stay home as much as possible, and wash your hands frequently" until they can all get back to work.

Russian Doll

No, this isn't one of Nadia's (Natasha Lyonne) bad recurring dreams — the second season of Netflix's Russian Doll has been delayed until further notice.

According to Deadline, Universal Television has stopped production on a few of its shows, including Natasha Lyonne's modern spin on Groundhog Day. Reporter Nellie Andreeva got the exclusive scoop that Russian Doll, Ed Helms' Rutherford Falls, and the anthology series Little America would all take some time off, primarily because the shows required some amount of international travel in order to film.

There's no word on when Russian Doll or any of these other shows will resume production, particularly as COVID-19 lockdowns become more and more stringent across the globe, but in the meantime, you can stream the first season of Russian Doll on Netflix and pick apart its intricacies or check out the first series of Little America on AppleTV+. Unfortunately for Rutherford Falls, its very first season is delayed, but as the world tackles the threat of COVID-19, it may be able to get started again soon.

Stranger Things

Hawkins, Indiana has faced demogorgons, the Upside-Down, and evil Russians. Now, it's facing its worst nemesis ever: coronavirus.

The fourth season of Netflix's hit series Stranger Things, along with several other Netflix-produced shows that film in the United States and Canada, has ground to a halt thanks to restrictions in place concerning COVID-19. According to Deadline, after a national state of emergency was declared in early March, Netflix made the choice to pause production on its original shows until the pandemic hopefully lessens.

The cast of Stranger Things posted a video of a table read shortly before Netflix made the decision to press pause, giving fans a tiny glimpse of what's still to come in the show's highly anticipated fourth season, which will be all fans have to go on until the show can get started once again. All in all, here's hoping the residents of Hawkins can get back to Indiana to fight supernatural threats as soon as possible.

Disney's live action films

In recent years, Disney's live action films have thrived both critically and commercially, with hits like 2017's Beauty and the Beast and 2019's The Lion King cleaning up at the box office and reminding fans of their favorite animated Disney classics. However, many of their upcoming projects will have to take a back seat thanks to COVID-19.

Per Variety, Disney has made the decision to put a hold on several of its upcoming live action films, including a reboot of The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan & Wendy, Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings, The Last Duel, Home Alone, and more. Some of these films were set to travel to international locations or had already started filming there; The Little Mermaid was due to start filming in London, and Ridley Scott's The Last Duel was already shooting in Ireland.

In a statement obtained by Variety, Disney said, "While there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on our productions, after considering the current environment and the best interests of our cast and crew, we have made the decision to pause production on some of our live-action films for a short time. We will continue to assess the situation and restart as soon as feasible."

The Flash

There are some things even the Flash can't outrun.

One of Arrowverse's signature CW series, The Flash, has become yet another casualty of the COVID-19 crisis, shutting down production on its latest season thanks to concerns about the spread of this disease. According to Deadline, production shut down on March 13, with unit manager Brent Crowell announcing to the cast and crew that the shutdown would be in effect "until further notice" and urging them not to come to work.

The Flash joins Riverdale as one of the WBTV & Berlanti Productions projects to face shutdowns over COVID-19, both shows having Vancouver-based production. Whether or not anyone on set has tested positive for the virus, large gatherings are discouraged across the world right now. As people self-isolate and countries like France, Italy, and Spain go into complete lockdown, film and television productions will have to wait the situation out; unfortunately for Flash fans, temporarily pausing production until further notice is the right call.

The Batman

Batman can beat supervillains like the Riddler and the Joker, but even he can't defeat coronavirus. Production on Matt Reeves' highly anticipated The Batman, led by Robert Pattinson, is now delayed until further notice.

In a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. explained that production would be paused on The Batman, saying, "Warner Bros. Pictures feature production of The Batman will hiatus filming for two weeks beginning today. The studio will continue to monitor the situation closely."

The shutdown is partially due to new travel bans popping up as coronavirus spreads across the world; The Batman was just about to make the move to England to start shooting in Liverpool. Due to the increasingly serious crisis caused by COVID-19, travel is discouraged between the U.K. and the United States at the moment, and it looks like the Caped Crusader will have to wait before he can start fighting supervillains and defending Gotham once again.

Supernatural

The world of Supernatural is filled with spooky scaries like ghosts, ghouls, vampires, werewolves, and worse, but it looks like coronavirus might be its scariest challenge yet.

Production has officially shut down on Supernatural's 15th and final season, meaning that fans will have to wait a little longer to see how Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) Winchester's epic journey fighting demons, angels, and everything in between will end. Director and producer Jim Michaels took to Twitter to reassure fans that they would still get to see the show's long-awaited ending, saying the production would resume eventually: "When it is safe to return to work, we will finish what we have started." According to the original report by Deadline, this is causing problems for more shows than just Supernatural, as Padalecki was set to begin work on a Texas, Walker Ranger reboot once he finished filming. Unsurprisingly, that is also now delayed.

In the meantime, you can catch up the first 14 seasons of Supernatural — which is certainly a long enough run to keep you occupied during a lot of potential self-isolation time. Clearly, this thrilling show is quite a sensation; Canadian fans even went so far as to buy billboards to thank its cast and crew for years of entertainment.

The Witcher

Plenty of Netflix productions have been affected by coronavirus, but on March 16, 2020, one of its U.K.-based productions finally made the decision to take a COVID-19 related break. The second season of The Witcher, the Henry Cavill-fronted series based on the popular book series about witch hunter Geralt of Rivera, has shut down temporarily amidst the coronavirus crisis.

Since The Witcher is filmed just outside of London and the United Kingdom is facing down a serious spread of COVID-19, the second season is delayed for two weeks as of this writing, though that could be extended if needed. Though other Netflix originals that shoot in the U.K., including the critically acclaimed historical drama The Crown, show no signs of slowing down, The Witcher's cast and crew have made the choice to stay safe and isolate, doing their part to hopefully stop the rapid spread of this virus. Luckily for Witcher fans, the second season isn't due on Netflix until 2021, so hopefully this delay won't impact the season's eventual return by too long.

The Matrix 4

It looks like Neo (Keanu Reeves) will have to pause his fight against the machines — the fourth Matrix film is yet another production halted by the coronavirus crisis.

By the time Matrix 4 announced its pause, it seemed like an inevitability that the long-awaited sequel would have to wait a bit longer. In advance of the production's move to shoot in Berlin, Europe became the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak, and several European countries made moves to close their borders to attempt to stem the spread of the dangerous virus. Germany, along with several other EU nations, sealed its borders against any non-EU citizens, but in any case, it wouldn't be a safe or smart move for Reeves and the rest of the cast and crew of Matrix 4 to travel abroad right now.

That being said, the film isn't slated for release until May 21, 2021, and most principal photography has already been completed in the States; Berlin's shoot would have been the final push for filming. Whether director Lana Wachowski can make do with the footage she has or the production can figure something else out, it seems like Neo may still be able to save the world by the spring of 2021 after all.

The Avatar sequels

Coronavirus is definitely impacting film and television production in a big way, but in one instance, it didn't just shut down one film, but four big-budget sequels.

The four Avatar sequels (which are already a long time coming, with the original movie having recently marked its tenth anniversary) have all been delayed by the COVID-19 outbreak, with an indefinite pause on production. In advance of filming and other work in New Zealand, the producers behind the Avatar films have made the necessary decision to stop production until further notice.

As producer Jon Landau confirmed to the New Zealand Herald, "We've delayed it. We had plans to come down Friday night with a group of people and start back up and we made the decision to hold off and continue working here [Los Angeles], and come down there a little bit later than we'd planned. We're in the midst of a global crisis and this is not about the film industry. I think everybody needs to do now whatever we can do, as we say here, to flatten the [coronavirus] curve."

At this point, there's no guessing when the Avatar sequels might get off the ground again; after a ten-year wait, fans will just have to wait a while longer.

Black Widow

One of the founding members of the Avengers will have to wait a while longer for her first solo film.

Black Widow, the first solo outing for Scarlett Johannson's Marvel Cinematic Universe hero Natasha Romanoff, has been shelved until further notice; though the film originally had a release date of May 1, 2020, there's now no indication as to when the film might finally get to open. Alongside Johannson, the film stars Academy Award nominee Florence Pugh (Little Women, Midsommar), David Harbour (Stranger Things), and Rachel Weisz (The Favourite).

The news about Black Widow's theatrical delay follows the trend of major tentpole films like No Time to Die and the ninth Fast & Furious film delaying their debuts, despite being finished and ready to release. However, with movie theaters shutting down en masse and large group outings strongly discouraged to help "flatten the curve" of coronavirus, it makes sense that Marvel would want to give Black Widow a real chance to shine. Natasha will still have her moment in the sun, but at this point, it will just take a while longer.