How the Movie Industry Has Been Affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic

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In the wake of the novel coronavirus outbreak, businesses and industries all around the world have been forced to close down as a way of implementing social distancing measures. One of the industries hit hardest by the pandemic is the Hollywood industry, with over 40,000 movie theaters closed down all across the United States. 

Over the past couple of years, the Hollywood industry had already been going through bumpy roads, as the popularity of streaming services increased and the sale of movie tickets decreased. But now with the coronavirus pandemic, the industry’s distress has only grown. Movie theaters are closed and productions are delayed, and while some release dates have been postponed, there are numerous movies currently being made available at home at the same time that they were supposed to be available in theaters. This could radically change studio and theater negotiations, completely altering the prestige that movie theaters have held in the past decades. Additionally, Hollywood Reporter has stated that analysts predicted a $5 billion loss in the global industry due to “diminished box office revenue and impacted production.” 

Furthermore, movie studios have partially solved their problems and are introducing their films to streaming services. So if you’re in the mood for some new films, the following is a list of movies and the streaming services that you can find them on: 

  • Onward. This animated fantasy flick about two elf brothers as they embark on an adventure was set to release in theaters on March 6. It is now available on the Disney+ streaming service. 
  • The Hunt. If you want something scarier, this horror thriller film about twelve strangers who wake up in a clearing, not knowing where they are or how they got there was set to release on March 11 and is now available on Prime Video and iTunes for rent. 
  • The Way Back. For an emotional drama, watch this film about a former basketball player as he attempts to coach his old high school team back to glory while battling with his own demons. It was set to release on March 6 and is now available for purchase on Prime Video, iTunes, and Google Play. 
  • Bloodshot. For some superhero action, watch this movie about a soldier who is brought back to life as an unstoppable force and see how he deals with problems of his own. It was set to debut on March 13 and is now available for purchase on Apple TV, Prime Video, Google Play, and many more. 
  • EMMA. If you’re in the mood for a classic, watch this adaptation based on Jane Austen’s “Emma” set in the 1800s in England about a selfish young woman as she meddles with the love lives of her friends. It was set to release on Valentine’s Day and it is now available for rent on Apple TV, Prime Video, Google Play, and more. 

As for movies that have halted production, here’s a list of the impacted films: 

  • Avatar sequels. Both “Avatar 2” and “Avatar 3” have been suspended in New Zealand and were previously planned to finish filming in the spring. 
  • Little Mermaid. The live-action of “Little Mermaid” was set to start filming on March 16 in London, but it has been postponed. 
  • Jurassic World: Dominion. Production had been underway in Hawaii since February 25, but it has been halted. 
  • Matrix 4. Production had recently finished shooting in San Francisco and moved on to Berlin, but it is currently on hold. 
  • The Batman. After relocating production from London to Liverpool, production halted. 

Finally, the following are movies with affected U.S. release dates: 

  • A Quiet Place Part II. The original release date was March 20. New release date is September 4. 
  • Mulan. The original release date was March 27. New release date is July 24. 
  • Peter Rabbit 2.The original release date was April 3. New release date is January 15, 2021. 
  • Black Widow. The original release date was May 1. New release date is November 6. 
  • Wonder Woman 1984. The original release date was June 5. New release date is August 14. 

Whether the movie theater experience’s reputable status will remain or streaming services become the norm for new releases, is a question that will remain unanswered until cinemas start reopening. But for now, sit back, relax, and enjoy some new films. 

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