Delays announced for Respect, Tomb Raider 2 and Rumble

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The new Tomb Raider film appears to be off the schedule, as more movie release dates are shuffled around – details here.

Fresh delays have been announced today to several films as studios continue to review their slates in light of the ongoing global pandemic.

Firstly, the Jennifer Hudson-headlined upcoming Aretha Franklin biopic, Respect, has been pushed back by MGM/United Artists to 13th August 2021. The film was supposed to make its debut on January 15th, reports Deadline. It stars Dreamgirls’ Hudson as the Queen of Soul whilst Mary J Blige, Forest Whitaker and Marlon Wayans also appear. Leisl Tommy directs.

Less certain, for now at least, is the release date for Ben Wheatley’s Tomb Raider 2, a sequel to the 2018 reboot, starring Alicia Vikander.

Whilst Wheatley’s adaptation of Rebecca has just landed on the streaming platform without any issues, his Tomb Raider sequel – originally set for mid-March 2021 – has now disappeared from the release scheduled entirely, at least for now. Wheatley, who is an avid gamer himself (he even designed the sets for the riotous Free Fire in Minecraft first!) might just have what it takes to unlock that age-old disconnect between video games and their cinematic adaptations, but it looks like we are going to have to wait a bit longer to find out. Separately, he’s signed up to direct The Meg 2, and that may now come first.

Finally, Paramount has pushed its animated collaboration with WWE Studios, Rumble, far back into 2021. Originally set for a summer 2020 release before Covid hit, the family film about wrestling monsters was originally pushed back to January 2021 and now finds itself even further back in May 2021.

Any further delays or schedule shifts and you can be sure we’ll let you know.

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