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Disney Shakes Up Movie Release Schedule Due to COVID-19

Today Disney announced a new lineup for its upcoming movies. This comes after Disney’s Mulan and Marvel Studios’ Black Widow saw their release dates pushed back due to the coronavirus outbreak. With theaters still closed, these aren’t the only two movies in the Walt Disney Studios slate to get new release dates. In fact, just about all of the upcoming movies will be getting new release dates it appears.

Several films did maintain their current release dates. This includes Pixar’s Soul which is set to release on June 19, 2020. Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story and also The Last Duel will retain their release dates this year. Searchlight Pictures’s The Personal History of David Copperfield and Antlers, and 20th Century Studios’ Woman in the Window, and The New Mutants all currently do not have release dates. They will be released in the near future.

Other notable changes are that both Disney’s Jungle Cruise and Lucasfilm’s Indiana Jones 5 both have been pushed back another year. Disney’s Artemis Fowl will also now be released exclusively on Disney+.

The shakeup in the release schedule comes as not only theaters are closed but productions have had to shut down due to COVID-19. While people will not be able to go to theaters until it is safe to do so, movies also won’t be made. This could potentially lead to a gap in movie releases if studios were to begin releasing features on streaming services as had been rumored. Other than Artemis Fowl going directly to Disney+, The Walt Disney Company will continue to release theatrical features in the feature, albeit with a new schedule. The new release schedule will not only allow for these movies to be released in a traditional theatrical format, but it will also give time for studios to produce future movies once the industry begins to move forward again.

What movies are you most looking forward to from The Walt Disney Company in the coming years? Do any of the changes in release dates surprise you? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Disney’s New Release Schedule

June 19, 2020

Soul   Pixar Animation Studios

July 17, 2020

Bob’s Burgers – 20th Century Studios

July 24, 2020

Mulan – Walt Disney Studios

August 7, 2020

Empty Man – 20th Century Studios

August 14, 2020

The One and Only Ivan – Walt Disney Pictures

Sept 4, 2020 – Labor Day weekend

The Beatles: Get Back – Walt Disney Pictures

October 16, 2020

The French Dispatch – Searchlight Pictures

November 6, 2020

Black Widow – Marvel Studios

November 20, 2020

Raya and the Last Dragon – Disney Animation Studios

Dec. 11, 2020

Free Guy – 20th Century Studios

Dec. 18, 2020

West Side Story – 20th Century Studios

December 25, 2020

The Last Duel – 20th Century Studios

February 12, 2021

The Eternals – Marvel Studios

May 7, 2021

Shang-Chi – Marvel Studios

May 28, 2021

Cruella – Walt Disney Pictures

July 30, 2021

Jungle Cruise – Walt Disney Pictures

October 15, 2021

Hamilton – Walt Disney Pictures

November 5, 2021

Doctor Strange 2 – Marvel Studios

February 18, 2022

Thor: Love And Thunder – Marvel Studios

May 8, 2022

Black Panther 2 – Marvel Studios

July 8, 2022

Captain Marvel 2 – Marvel Studios

July 29, 2022

Indiana Jones 5 – Lucasfilm