As the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be waning enough for theaters to reopen, most studios are shifting and adjusting schedules. New updates come for some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters: new James Bond film, No Time to Die, Matrix 4, Tom & Jerry and Godzilla vs. Kong.
Some other updates at the bottom are for these films: Witches, Bios, Beatles: Get Back documentary, musical adaptation of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie and The Personal History of David Copperfield.
Now Godzilla vs. Kong just got an official rating of PG-13, so a release date change from November 20, 2020 to next summer seems to point to the studio’s desire to only tap into the summer box office market. The new release date is May 21, 2021.
More on that PG-13 rating HERE.
NO TIME TO DIE
Nicknamed Bond 25, No Time To Die was originally scheduled to hit theaters in April 2020.
Of course, the outbreak pushed the film back, setting the film for November 25, 2020.
Now, in a recent tweet, the franchise announced a new release date, one that’s actually five days earlier.
The return of old friends in NO TIME TO DIE.
In cinemas 12th November UK, 20th November US. pic.twitter.com/GkXugGEAba
— James Bond (@007) June 13, 2020
Daniel Craig returns for his fifth portrayal as James Bond. Rumors hint that Craig will make way for a female Bond, to be played by Lashana Lynch, in the next film of the series.
Also returning is Ben Whishaw as Q, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, Ralph Fiennes as M, Jeffrey Wright as Felix with Christolph Waltz making an appearance as Blofeld.
No Time To Die also stars Lea Seydoux, Rami Malek and Ana De Armas.
TOM & JERRY
The Warner Bros’ new take on Tom & Jerry, which was scheduled to be a big holiday player on December 23, 2020, will now arrive on March 5, 2021.
While the studio will be using audio archives to capture Mel Blanc, June Foray and William Hanna as the voices of Tom and Jerry.
Additional members of the cast are Chloe Grace Moretz, Michael Pena, Ken Jeong and Rob Delaney. The film will be directed by Tim Story (Ride Along, Fantastic Four), described as a live-action project.
The new Wachowski Matrix film, called Matrix 4 (for now), has been pushed back by Warner Bros. A science fiction sequel was originally set for next summer, May 21, 2021, but it has now been moved back by almost an entire year – arriving in theaters on April 1, 2022.
Only one of the Wachowsi Brothers is back, Lana Wachowski, joined by original stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss and a new cast of Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jessica Henwick, Jonathan Groff, Priyanka Chopra and Neil Patrick Harris.
Just to reiterate, Matrix 4 will come to theaters April 1, 2022.
OTHER FILM UPDATES
Warner Bros. removed Anne Hathaway’s Witches remake from the release schedule. The film, which also stars Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci and Chris Rock, was set to hit theaters in October.
Universal Pictures has delayed the release date for the upcoming sci-fi drama Bios. Directed by Game of Thrones director Miguel Sapochnik (“Hardhome”), Bios stars Tom Hanks, Caleb Landry Jones, Skeet Ulrich, and Samira Wiley in a post-apocalyptic tale about a man, his dog, and a robot who become an unlikely family unit.
Bios will arrive in theaters on April 16, 2021.
Peter Jackson’s Beatles doc The Beatles: Get Back, previously scheduled for September 4 this year moves all the way to August 27, 2021; Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, based on the acclaimed 2017 musical, was originally slated for October 23 this year but moves to January 22, 2021; and Armando Iannucci’s The Personal History of David Copperfield, based on the Charles Dickens classic, finally has a firm limited release date of August 14.