SUMMER 2020 BLOCKBUSTERS: WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Superheroes are in quarantine, James Bond is self-isolating, and Maverick has been grounded. But let’s look at the bright side: There are about 40 postponed movies on Hollywood servers just waiting to be let loose as soon as All This is over (well, if not over, at least improved). Here are some of the most anticipated summer films that changed dates. —JAMES HIBBERD WONDER WOMAN 1984 TOP GUN: MAVERICK BLACK WIDOW MAY 1, 2020 NOV. 6, 2020 JUNE 5, 2020 AUG. 14, 2020 JUNE 24, 2020 DEC. 23, 2020 → → → Gal Gadot (Diana Prince) and Chris Pine (Steve Trevor) return in director Patty Jenkins’ sequel to 2017’s It’s been a long wait for Natasha Romanoff’s first stand-alone movie (Scarlett Johansson’s character was first introduced in 2010’s and fans will have to wait even longer. Delaying also had the domino effect of pushing back other Marvel titles, such as (now coming Feb. 12, 2021). It’s been 34 years, so what’s six more months? Tom Cruise reprises his role as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in this sequel to the 1986 action hit centered on a top Navy fighter-pilot flight school. This time Maverick instructs a group of young hotshots, including Miles Teller as the son of Maverick’s late wingman Goose. Wonder Woman. WW1984 will have to satiate DC fans for a year before the release of (Aug. 6, 2021), (Oct. 1, Iron Man 2), The Suicide Squad The Batman Black Black Widow 2021), and (Dec. 22, 2021)— provided the latter two finish filming in time. Adam The Eternals Nolan’s desire to film as much as possible practically, without resorting to CG or other effects; when he needed to destroy a plane, he didn’t use miniatures—he bought an old Boeing 747 and blew it up. “We ended up with a tiny number of visual-effects shots,” says Thomas. “We were originally thinking that we might have to be up in the 700-to-a-thousand shot-count range, but ended up way south of that because we managed to do so much of it practically.” GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE F9 JUNGLE CRUISE MAY 22, 2020 APRIL 2, 2021 JULY 24, 2020 JULY 30, 2021 JULY 10, 2020 MARCH 5, 2021 → → → Three members of the original poltergeist-chasing gang (Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson) return to help residents of an Oklahoma town experiencing paranormal activity, including Finn Wolfhard The latest sequel isn’t in a hurry, with Universal delaying the Justin Lin-directed film 11 months. Vin Diesel is back as Dominic Toretto along with his band of lovable outlaws (sans Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, who have earned their own spin-off franchise with The latest Disney park attractionturned-movie is the second of two major postponed titles starring Emily Blunt (who is also in which was delayed until Sept. 4, 2020). Here, Blunt plays a scientist who enlists the help of a riverboat captain (Dwayne Johnson) to find a jungle tree with healing powers. Fast & Furious IN EARLY MARCH, FOUR MONTHS after EW’s set visit in the California desert, Pattinson, Washington, and Debicki met up in the rather less dusty environs of a photo studio in London—where Pattinson was shooting for the EW cover shoot. When I thanked Pattinson for showing up despite growing concerns about COVID -19, he made it clear it was no big A Quiet Place Part II, The Batman— (Stranger Things, IT), Tenet who apparently lives in every haunted small town in America. Hobbs & Shaw).
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