Disney has pushed the release date of “The King’s Man” back from March 12 to Aug. 20, and pulled “Bob’s Burgers” from the theatrical slate, the studio announced on Friday. Additionally, “Ron’s Gone Wrong” has been pushed from April 23 to Oct. 22.
The moves come as more studios shuffle releases from the first and second quarters of the year.
Yesterday, MGM announced it was moving the next James Bond film, “No Time to Die,” from April 2 to Oct. 8. The film was originally scheduled for release in April 2020 but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. It was then postponed to November, but in October, the film was delayed once again to April 2.
Hopes in Hollywood for box office recovery this spring have started to dim. Despite efforts by newly inaugurated President Joe Biden to accelerate production and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, experts have warned that it will take all of the spring and possibly much of the summer for the vaccine to be administered to older and vulnerable populations. It is increasingly unlikely that movie theaters will be able to reopen nationwide by April and possibly by May, when blockbusters like “Black Widow” and “F9” are currently set to be released.