Free Guy, Death on the Nile: Fox Movies Pushed to 2021 due to COVID-19 Crisis

Free Guy, Death on the Nile Pushed to 2021 due to COVID-19 Crisis


20th Century Studios

The two movies, from Disney/20th Century do not have a new release date.

The 2020 theatrical calendar lost two more high-profile titles on Thursday as Shawn Levy’s action-comedy Free Guy and Kenneth Branagh’s sequel Death on the Nile delayed their releases amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

Both films are from 20th Century, which is owned by Disney.

Starring Ryan Reynolds and directed by Levy, Free Guy was set to hit theaters on December 11. The sci-fi action-comedy is now unset.

Death on the Nile was most recently set to open on Dec. 18. The star-studded sequel to Murder on the Orient Express does not yet have a new date.

In the U.S., moviegoing has yet to recover from the pandemic — 55 percent of theaters remain shut, including in such major markets as New York City and Los Angeles — while cinemas have begun closing down again across Europe because of a surge in novel coronavirus cases.

Distressed theater owners that have been able to reopen domestically are mostly having to rely on smaller and catalogue titles to feed customers.

So far, the only Hollywood tentpole to play on the big screen this fall is Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, from Warner Bros., which did middling business at the box-office.

Only Theatrical Releases: Universal Movies

Universal’s Freaky (November 13) and Universal/DreamWorks Animations’ Thanksgiving offering Croods: The New Age (November 25). The studio has struck a lucrative deal with AMC Theatres to shorten the theatrical window and make its films available early on PVOD.

The only remaining live-action tentpole on the 2020 calendar is Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman 1984, from Warner. The superhero sequel, which has already been delayed several times due to the pandemic, is set for December 25, but rumors are that it might be pushed to 2021.