The coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has had a massive effect on the world since it was first discovered in late 2019 in Wuhan, China. In just three months, the disease spread to six continents, with over 167,000 infected persons reported worldwide as of March 16, according to The Guardian. Though public health officials are working to contain the spread of the virus — which causes shortness of breath, fever, and cough — the illness has already affected the entertainment industry. Coronavirus has impacted movies, TV shows, and concerts around the globe.
Coronavirus fears have delayed box office openings, postponed tours, canceled music and film festivals, and more, in the United States and beyond. Blockbuster premieres like the latest James Bond installment, No Time To Die, have been pushed back several months or indefinitely. Artists such as Madonna, Ciara, and Mariah Carey are suspending concerts and legs on their tours. Even The Bachelorette has been affected.
Here, we break down the movies, TV shows, and concerts that have already been impacted by the illness. Read on for a look at the impact the coronavirus has had on the entertainment industry so far — and stay tuned for any further changes to come.
On Friday, Apr. 24, Sony Pictures announced it has pushed back the untitled Spider-Man: Far From Home sequel from July 16, 2021, to Nov. 5, 2021. Additionally, the sequel to the Academy Award winning animated feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has been delayed as well. It has been moved from April 8, 2022, to Oct. 7, 2022.
The untitled Spider-Man sequel's delay prompted Marvel to push the Doctor Strange sequel back as well. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has officially been moved from Nov. 5, 2021 to March 25, 2022.
'Top Gun: Maverick'
Fans waited 34 years for a sequel, so hopefully they can wait a few months more for Tom Cruise to renew his need for speed. Paramount moved the film from prime summertime June 24 to a holiday premiere on December 23, 2020.
'The French Dispatch'
Twee lovers will take this one hard - Wes Anderson's star-studded ensemble about a newspaper office has been moved from July 14 to October 16, 2020.
'Fast & Furious 9'
Universal Studios has pushed back Fast 9's theatrical release date by a year to April 2, 2021. Vin Diesel made the announcement on social media. “We feel all the love and the anticipation you have for the next chapter in our saga,” he wrote. “That’s why it’s especially tough to let you know that we have to move the release date of the film. It’s become clear that it won’t be possible for all of our fans around the world to see the film this May. While we know there is disappointment in having to wait a little while longer, this move is made with the safety of everyone as our foremost consideration."
Fans will have to give up the ghost - Sony announced they've moved the opening date up a full year for Ghostbusters: Afterlife, a direct sequel to the first two Ghostbusters films, from July 10, 2020 to March 5, 2021.
'Wonder Woman 1984'
The highly-anticipated superhero sequel was slated to debut on June 5, but fans will have to wait a little while longer. The movie's delay is thankfully short, and is currently slated for the thick of summer movie season on Aug. 14. "We hope the world will be in a safer and healthier place by then," says Warner Bros. chairman Toby Emmerich to Variety.
Aquaman director James Wan was set to return to the horror genre with his new film on Aug. 14, but Warner Bros. pulled it from the schedule to make room for Wonder Woman 1984. A new release date for Malignant has not yet been set.
Fans of the MCU's OG female hero are going to have to wait even longer to see her first solo film. Disney has announced that Black Widow will no longer open as planned on May 1, and has instead been moved to November 6, bumping The Eternals (which is now bumped to February 2021), per The Hollywood Reporter.
That creates a domino effect of shuffled Marvel releases, with Shang Chi taking May 7 2021, Doctor Strange 2's spot, now bumped to November 5 2021, previously Thor: Love And Thunder's release date (now February 28, 2022). On the plus side, Captain Marvel is moved up to July 8, 2022.
Disney is halting the release of Mulan, which was slated to premiere on March 27, to July 24, 2020. It's bumping Jungle Cruise, which is now pushed back a full year to July 2021. Other Disney films such as Antlers, Ryan Renolds' Free Guy, and Woman in the Window are now postponed as well.
'The Personal History of David Copperfield'
Picked up by Disney, this star-studded reimagining of the life of Charles Dickens (played by Dev Patel) was pulled from its May 8 release, with no new date set.
Kelly Reichardt’s tale of westward expansion briefly had a wider theatrical run but A24 pulled the film from theaters to relaunch at an as-yet unnannounced date.
The company's also pulled horror thriller Saint Maud from its Easter weekend release, with no new date announced.
The already-unlucky video game adaptation, bounced around since 2008, shut down production on actor Tom Holland's first day of filming, according to ScreenRant. Though it's a year out, Sony already pushed the film's release date from March 5, 2021 to October 8, 2021.
This computer-animated Scooby-Doo reboot was originally going to introduce a new generation of kids to the pup and his mystery-solving hippie pals on May 15, but it has now been delayed indefinitely.
'In The Heights'
The film adaptation of Lin Manuel-Miranda's stage musical will no longer screen on June 26 as planned. It's been pulled from the schedule, and no new release date has been announced as of yet.
The comic book adaptation, starring Jared Leto as vampire Morbius, was pushed ahead an entire year by Sony. Originally set to drop mid-summer on July 31, 2020, the film is now coming out in spring on March 19, 2021.
According to Variety, Sony's moved all major titles out of 2020 save for Kevin Hart's Fatherhood, which was moved up to October 2020 from a 2021 release date.
'The New Mutants'
Fans waiting for this X-Men horror film are used to disappointment - the original release date was back in April 2018. But the film's been delayed from its planned April 3 premiere to an unannounced future date.
'Trolls World Tour'
Universal Studios has taken a unique approach to dealing with the financial fallout of coronavirus. The studio is making a number of its new films that are currently in theaters — The Hunt, Emma, and The Invisible Man — and making them available to rent at home beginning on March 20. The studio also announced that Trolls World Tour will also be available to rent digitally on April 10, and with theaters still shuttered, that's likely the only way to see it in the immediate future.
'The Artist's Wife'
This drama starring Bruce Dern as an artist suffering from dementia and Lena Olin as his wife who longs to pursue her long-delayed career in art herself has been delayed. It was originally slated for limited release on April 3, but a new date has not yet been set.
French acting legend Catherine Deneuve and Ethan Hawke star in this showbiz family drama, but you won't get to see it anytime soon. The film was scheduled for release on March 20, but has now been postponed indefinitely.
Blue Story — a feature adaptation of Rapman's popular YouTube series about two friends who become rivals in a street war — will no longer be released on March 20. A new release date has not been announced at this time.
Paramount is delaying the release of the Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani murder-mystery rom-com, The Lovebirds, initially slated to open April 3. No future release date has been announced at this time.
'A Quiet Place Part II'
Paramount has decided to push back the release of A Quiet Place Part II to September 4. The film was originally scheduled to be released on March 20.
"One of the things I'm most proud of is that people have said our movie is one you have to see all together," director John Krasinski shared in a statement. "Well due to the ever-changing circumstances of what's going on in the world around us, now is clearly not the right time to do that."
'No Time To Die'
The 25th James Bond film has seen the most drastic action yet. Due to theater closures in China and other countries, the film pushed its upcoming global release date from April to November, a seven-month delay.
'Peter Rabbit 2'
Sony decided to move the Peter Rabbit sequel release to next year, not release it immediately to streaming, as was rumored. The film, which was slated for a wide international release in early April, will now premiere on January 15, 2021.
'Mission Impossible 7'
James Bond isn't the only movie spy to be affected by the virus. Tom Cruise's Mission Impossible franchise has postponed production for planned filming in Venice, Italy, due to the outbreak in the region. So far the film's scheduled release date of July 2021 hasn't been changed.
'Sonic The Hedgehog'
The video game adaptation is already a hit, having grossed over three times its budget at the box office since its Valentine's Day release. But those numbers could have been much higher if the film had been released in China. Instead, its Chinese release date has been postponed, and it's not clear when the movie will screen there.
Robert Pattinson's The Batman is halting production, per The Hollywood Reporter. "Warner Bros. Pictures feature production of The Batman will hiatus filming for two weeks beginning today," the studio said in a statement Saturday, Mar. 14. "The studio will continue to monitor the situation closely." The crew has already lost a member to COVID-19: the film's dialect coach Andrew Jack passed away from the disease March 31.
'The Little Mermaid'
On Friday, Mar. 13, Disney announced production and pre-production on all of their upcoming live-action projects would be halted. The list includes The Little Mermaid remake, Peter Pan & Wendy, Shrunk, Marvel's Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Ring, and the new Home Alone. Though they initially fired the UK cast and crew March 20, Deadline reports Disney rescinded termination notices and will furlough the cast and crew until at least the end of May.
'Jurassic World: Dominion'
Production on the upcoming Jurassic World sequel starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard is on hiatus. "The studio continues to monitor the situation closely and will make a determination on when to restart production in the coming weeks," Universal Pictures said in a statement. Director Colin Trevorrow gave a small peek at the film on Instagram, captioned "Working from home.", and the film's release date currently remains June 11, 2021.
Additional Universal movies affected include the horror film Shrine, and Kevin Hart's Man From Toronto.
Vin Diesel's upcoming superhero film is also having its Chinese release delayed due to the outbreak. Though the film opened in theaters as planned on March 13, Sony released the film early digitally on March 24, citing massive theater closures in the U.S.
The Netflix thriller starring Gal Gadot, Dwayne Johnson, and Ryan Reynolds is currently looking into altering its production schedule to avoid shooting in Italy as initially planned, according to Deadline.
'Friends' Reunion Special
This is the one where the Friends reunion is delayed because of the coronavirus. The HBO Max special will be postponed until at least May.
Netflix has shut down all scripted TV and film productions for two weeks taking place in the U.S. and Canada.
The above Netflix shutdown has also halted the production of Stranger Things' fourth season. It's unknown how long the production hold will last, or if it will ultimately end up delaying the arrival of season 4. Of course, no release date had been announced yet for the new season anyway, so it may be hard to tell even if it is delayed.
Though production is outside of the U.S. and Canada, this Netflix series is not immune to the coronavirus. It has paused its UK production for two weeks beginning March 15, according to The Wrap.
'Lord Of The Rings'
Amazon's massive new adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy classic has shut down production in New Zealand for at least two weeks beginning on March 16, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
'Saturday Night Live'
The long-running comedy institution was set to return on March 28 with host John Krasinski and musical guest Dua Lipa, but their performances will have to wait. The series announced that it will be postponing that episode, along with the following two scheduled episodes, according to Variety.
In the meantime, cast members Melissa Villaseñor and Chloe Fineman are hosting SNL At Home on Instagram Live.
The start of production on Season 2 of Euphoria has been delayed by WarnerMedia Entertainment. Other shows affected include HBO's The Righteous Gemstones and TNT's Snowpiercer, and all HBO Max projects, per Variety.
Grey’s Anatomy has suspended production for at least two weeks. “This decision was made to ensure the health and safety of the whole cast and crew and the safety of our loved ones outside of work, and it was made in accordance with Mayor Garcetti’s suggestion that we not gather in groups of more than 50,” wrote executive producer/showrunner Krista Vernoff and fellow executive producers Debbie Allen and James Williams.
'The Morning Show'
The Morning Show is taking a two-week hiatus from filming the second season of the Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon led series. "In concert with our dedicated partners at Apple, we have concluded it would be prudent to take a two-week hiatus to assess the situation and ensure the safety of the incredible people who make this show," said producer Michael Ellenberg.
A team member on the fourth season of Riverdale is undergoing evaluation for the novel coronavirus. At this time, the series has halted production. "We have been made aware that a team member from Riverdale, which is produced in Vancouver, was recently in contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19," a rep for Warner Bros. told CNN. "The team member is currently receiving medical evaluation."
'The Handmaid's Tale'
The Handmaid's Tale, which was in the midst of filming Season 4, has halted production as a state of national emergency is declared in the United States.
The final season of Supernatural has halted production for the health and safety of the long-running show's cast and crew.
Disney Television Studios continued to suspend productions on Saturday, Mr. 14. Shows affected include Pose Season 3, The Resident, the final season of Fox's Empire, Queen of the South, and ABC's comedy American Housewife.
'The Bold Type'
On Sunday (Mar. 15), The Bold Type star Katie Stevens revealed that filming for the Freeform series has been shutdown for the safety of the cast and crew. "The studio and network are taking Covid-19 very seriously and as are our cast and crew. Although we didn't have anyone test positive, the decision was made to halt production right now for the safety of everyone," she wrote on Instagram.
'The Great British Baking Show'
Production on Netflix and Channel 4's comforting baking series The Great British Baking Show has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Originally, the new season was set to begin production in April, but on Friday Mar. 27, A Love Productions spokeswoman said, per Deadline: "We continue to monitor the situation and follow the advice of Public Health England and we will delay filming on Bake Off until it is safe to proceed."
Late Night Television
Many New York-based late night television shows will continue taping, but without a studio audience. NBC's Tonight Show and Late Night, CBS' Late Show and Comedy Central's Daily Show will suspend their in-studio viewers starting next week. TBS' Full Frontal With Samantha Bee went without an audience for Wednesday's show, and is now broadcasting from Bee's home in upstate New York.
Marvel's Disney+ Shows
Marvel has halted production on its upcoming slate of Disney+ shows for the time being. Titles affected include Loki, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and WandaVision. Shows that are in the pre-production stage will continue work remotely.
'Wendy Williams Show'
While The Wendy Williams Show will continue to air, starting April 6 the show will be taping from Wendy's home in New York City instead of the studio.
Initially filming without audiences, gameshows Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune suspended production on March 16 2020 for the foreseeable future. The Price Is Right halted production for two weeks starting March 13.
'The Amazing Race'
Naturally, filming a reality show in which contestants travel all around the world is going to be difficult to produce during a pandemic. So CBS has shut down production on the show's 33rd season, and it's unclear when it will start up again.
ABC is postponing production on the 16th season of The Bachelorette. "With the rapidly changing events related to COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution, Warner Bros. Television Group is halting production on some of our 70+ series and pilots currently filming or about to begin. There have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on any of our productions, but the health and safety of our employees, casts and crews remains our top priority. During this time, we will continue to follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control as well as local officials and public health professionals in each city where our productions are based," they shared in a statement.
'American Idol' & 'America's Got Talent'
Fremantle, the producer behind NBC's America's Got Talent and ABC's American Idol, as well as the syndicated game show Family Feud, announced Saturday, Mar. 14 that production on all three competition series will be halted. AGT has been audience-less since Mar. 2, but it will now cut auditions short entirely. Some of the remaining auditions could be taped in April if conditions improve.
American Idol is on hiatus while the pre-taped audition segments air with production on the live portion of the series scheduled to begin in April, conditions permitting. Meanwhile Family Feud has gone on hiatus for now.
Concerts, Tours, & Albums
The K-pop group has canceled four concerts in their home country of South Korea due to the virus. The concerts were part of the massive promotional tour for their new album Map of the Soul: 7.
The rock group rescheduled their current tour's upcoming shows in a number of Asian countries for 2021.
The Queen of Pop was forced to cancel the final two Paris shows of her Madame X tour due to new crowd restrictions imposed by the French government.
Queen + Adam Lambert
The classic rock band and its American Idol frontman also fell victim to new French guidelines and were forced to postpone an upcoming Paris show.
The pop legend postponed an upcoming concert in Honolulu until November.
After being advised against traveling by her doctors, the pregnant pop star canceled her scheduled performance at a USO concert in Fort Hood, TX on March 19.
The R&B singer, who is currently on tour, postponed his March and April shows in eight Asian countries. He's scheduled to resume performing June 12 in London.
The '80s hairband was forced to postpone the Japan leg of their Flesh and Blood world tour. It had been scheduled for March.
The heavy metal rockers have undertaken some of the most extensive action of any musician, postponing their entire upcoming Asian tour; including their namesake festival, Knotfest, in Japan.
The former One Direction member was scheduled to perform in Italy on March 11, but was barred from doing so by a government decree.
The punk pop star has indefinitely postponed her upcoming Asian tour, canceling a dozen shows, including four in China. She also cancelled all upcoming show dates in Europe due to the United States' implemented travel ban.
In February, the UK rapper postponed his March tour dates in China, Japan, and South Korea over coronavirus fears.
The singer-songwriter and his band The Innocent Criminals had to cancel three March shows in Japan.
The indie rockers canceled two shows in Tokyo that had been scheduled for mid-March, and on April 3, announced their Cincinnati, OH Homecoming festival was cancelled as well. ""We look forward to bringing the event back in 2021," said the band in a statement. "Stay tuned and stay safe."
The Norwegian '80s sensations have postponed their upcoming tour stop in Japan, canceling shows in several cities.
The English alternative rocker begrudgingly canceled an upcoming Asian tour that was to include shows in South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and the Philippines.
The country group was scheduled to perform at the Country to Country festival in the UK, but canceled their appearance as a precaution.
Pearl Jam postponed the first leg of their upcoming tour, which was scheduled to begin on March 18. “As residents of the city of Seattle, we’ve been hit hard and have witnessed firsthand how quickly these disastrous situations can escalate,” the band wrote in a public statement. “We’ve worked hard with all our management and business associates to find other solutions or options but the levels of risk to our audience and their communities is simply too high for our comfort level." The group has since cancelled dates through the end of April, set to be rescheduled. International shows set to start June 23 in Germany are still currently on.
Adam Sandler has postponed the remaining March dates of his comedy tour. "Hey you guys. We've been looking forward to this upcoming tour for a long time but after a lot of thought we have decided to postpone the March dates. Health officials say that large gatherings should be avoided to help stop or prevent the spread of the coronavirus, so we will," the funnyman wrote on Twitter. "reschedule the dates once things are back to normal. Stay safe, wash your hands, don’t make out with Schneider, and we will get through this like champs. Look forward to having a great night with you soon."
Cher will postpone all upcoming performances on her "Here We Go Again Tour," effective immediately. "I'm heartbroken, but the health of my fans and my touring family comes first. The shows have been really special but, nothing is more important than everybody's safety. I’m excited to see everyone when we’re back out on the road,” the artist wrote in a statement.
'Dancing With the Stars: Live!'
The Dancing With the Stars: Live! 2020 tour is being postponed. "Our top priority has been and will continue to be the health and well-being of the Dancing With the Stars: Live! cast, crew and fans. On that note, we are incredibly sad to announce that the Dancing With the Stars: Live! 2020 Tour will be postponed for the remainder of the tour effective Friday March 13 due to the concerns surrounding the current global health situation," ABC wrote in a statement.
The Jonas Brothers
In an Instagram post on Friday, Joe Jonas revealed the Jonas Brothers are canceling their April 1-18 Las Vegas residency at Park MGM due to coronavirus concerns. "We did not make this decision lightly," the statement reads. "We were SO excited for the opportunity to share an amazing show with you guys, but nothing is more important than everyone's health and safety." All tickets will be refunded.
One of the most legendary rock bands in history were scheduled to launch a tour of the UK and Ireland on March 15 that would run through April. Now, the entire tour has been postponed.
The pop legend has had to postpone a big chunk of his Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road tour, with 19 shows falling victim to coronavirus delays.
The Piano Man won't be tickling the ivories for a couple of months, as Joel had to postpone his upcoming shows that were scheduled for March and April.
The Voice judge and country music star has postponed the final two weeks of his Friends and Heroes tour.
The country superstar announced that he's postponing a month-and-a-half of shows beginning in mid-April.
Dan + Shay
The country duo, which has won the Grammy for Best Country Duo Group Performance each of the past two years, have had to reschedule their spring tour. After kicking things off on March 6, they have now moved the rest of their spring dates to July.
The Rolling Stones
The ageless rockers have been forced to take a break, as the band has announced that they're postponing their 15-stop No Filter U.S. tour, which was scheduled to run from May 8 to July 9. No new dates have been announced as of yet.
The pop megastar was set to release her highly-anticipated new album Chromatica on April 10, but it has now been delayed indefinitely. The singer had been planning on doing a secret set to promote the album at Coachella this April before the event was pushed to October, and she has also cancelled a string of Las Vegas shows that were planned for April and May. Gaga still plans to release Chromatica sometime in 2020, but a new date has not yet been announced.
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