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Fast and Furious 10, A Quiet Place, Peter Rabbit, Mulan and New Mutants all fall victim to that damned virus!

March 14th, 2020 by Marc Comments

Well, we knew that the current lockdowns and halting of events etc around the world because of this damned virus was likely to hit more things we love after James Bond: No Time To Die was put back (here) and it looks like the late releases, production cancellations and more are now well underway.

It’s understandable, of course, but now we have to report on it – and create a new banner specifically for it (see top).

First up, Fast & Furious 9 has been pushed back a full YEAR!

It may seems a little drastic, but it seems they plan on taking no chances whatsoever (by that stage we’re hoping we’ll be well on the way to a vaccine and can put this whole shitshow behind us.

In an official statement, NBC Universal had this to say:

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.

We are moving the global release date to April 2021, with North America opening on April 2.

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.

So, the movie, starring Vin Diesel, John Cena, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel and Sung Kang and directed by Justin Lin will now hit cinemas on April 2nd, 2021, which was the date originally set for Fast 10… will they perhaps give us a Matrix-style event and release both within a couple of months of each other? Now, that would be cool.

Anyway, next up, it seems Disney too are taking no chances.

Mulan’s release date due to the pandemic has been pushed back with no new date revealed as of yet; the movie was set for release on March 27th.

It has also – I can’t believe I’m writing this – pushed back New Mutants. Yes, the final 20th Century Fox X-Men movie – delayed for a couple of yers due to the buyout etc – was finally officially coming out on April 3rd. But not anymore as no release date is planned for now, sadly – anyone else think this should just appear on Disney+?

The third movie delayed is Searchlight Pictures’ Antlers with, you guessed it, no new date revealed.

We’re wondering – as we’re sure you all are – if Black Widow will hit its May 1st release at this stage, though we’re hearing rumours that it likely won’t.

Just one week before its release, Paramount Pictures haspushed back A Quiet Place Part II’s release too. Writer/director/star John Krasinski said this on social media:

Sony too has stepped up and pushed Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway, due in UK cinemas on 27th March, and the US a week later, back to August 7th.

But it’s not just completed movies that are paying the price.

Universal too are taking safety precautions as they have halted productions on Jurassic World: Dominion, Ice Cube’s sports drama Flint Strong and the untitled Billy Eichner movie from yesterday. The delays are ‘indefinite’.

Will Jurassic World: Dominion hit its June 11th release date? Only time will tell.

On the small screen, The CW’s line-up were first to see casualties as production has halted on The Flash according to unit manager Brent Crowell. Adding to The CW’s woes, is the halting of Riverdale, Batwoman, and Supergirl.

WB had this to say: “With the rapidly changing events related to COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution, Warner Bros. Television Group is halting production on some of our 70+ series and pilots currently filming or about to begin.

“The health and safety of our employees, casts and crews remains our top priority. During this time, we will continue to follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control as well as local officials and public health professionals in each city where our productions are based.”

Epix have called a temporary stalling to Pennyworth season 2 while Netflix has shut up shop on Lucifer and Stranger Things.

Apple+ fans will be sad to hear too that  See, Servant, For All Mankind, Amazon’s Wheel of Time and Carnival Row are on closedown while FX’s Y: The Last Man (which was finally getting ready to shoot) has been paused too.

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….