Thursday, May 30, 2024

Warner Blinks, Moves Spielberg’s “West Side Story” to Xmas 2021, Disney Yanks “Black Widow” to Next May


Well, that’s it. The studios are throwing in the towel on a movie season this year.

Warner Bros., already suffering from “Tenet” dying on the vine, is moving Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” from this Christmas to 2021. Theaters won’t be open, so why take the chance of repeating a disaster.

So far, however, WB is holding fast to “Wonder Woman 1984” coming on this Christmas Day, a week after “Dune.” That is, so far.

MGM is sticking to the James Bond movie, “No Time to Die,” for November 20th.

But Disney’s “Black Widow,” starring Scarlett Johansson, jumps from November 6th to next May 7th–a year after its original release date.

Right now, this is all that’s left of 2020. Luckily, December 31st is not the cut off for Oscar movies. Otherwise, it would be pretty bleak. I’m hopeful MGM will stick with January 15th for Jennifer Hudson in “Respect.”

Oct. 9

The War With Grandpa (101 Studios)

Oct. 16

2 Hearts (Freestyle)

Honest Thief (Open Road)

Oct. 23

The Empty Man (20th/Dis)

Oct. 30

Fatale (Lionsgate)

Come Play (Focus/Amblin)

Nov. 6

Let Him Go (Focus)

Nov. 13

Freaky (Universal)

The Comeback Trail (Cloudburst)

Nov. 20

No Time to Die (MGM)

Soul (Disney)

Nov. 25

Voyagers (Lionsgate)

Happiest Season (Sony/Tri-Star)

The Croods: A New Age (Universal/Dreamworks Animation)

Dec. 11

Free Guy (20th/Disney)

Dec. 18

Death on the Nile (20th/Disney)

Coming to America 2 (Paramount)

Dune (Warner Bros./Legendary)

Dec. 25

Wonder Woman 1984 (Warner Bros.)

News of the World (Universal)

Dec. 30

Escape Room 2 (Sony/Screen Gems)

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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