Disney delays ‘Black Widow,’ Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’
NEWYORK » The Walt Disney Co. has further postponed its next mega-movies from Marvel, including “Black Widow,” while also postponing Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” a full year in the company’s latest recalibration due to the pandemic.
Ten of Disney’s top films shuff led release dates Wednesday, uprooting several of the company’s major fall releases. The Scarlett Johansson Marvel movie “Black Widow,” last set for Nov. 6, heads toMay7ofnext year. Instead of opening next month, Kenneth Branagh’s murder mystery “Death on the Nile” moves to Dec. 18. That was the date set for “West Side Story,” but Spielberg’s musical will instead debut in December 2021.
Disney didn’t entirely abandon the season. The Pixar release “Soul” remains on the calendar for late November. “The Empty Man,” a horror release from the former 20th Century Fox, is moving up fromDecember to Oct. 23.
But the delays of Disney’s upcoming blockbusters reinforce the growing exodus from 2020 among the blockbusters that hadn’t already uprooted to next year.