More release date changes, including a year-long delay for The Matrix 4

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The Matrix 4, The Beatles, Godzilla and King Kong are amongst the latest projects to hit delays on their way to the cinema.

Movie studios had been holding off a little on some of their release date plans until it became clearer just whether cinemas would be opening around the world over the next few weeks. Given the stop/start reopening we’ve seen in territories that have been able to try and get cinemas back up and running, there’s a feeling that it may be quite a few months ahead yet for the industry.

At the start of the weekend, Warner Bros opted to blink a little and move the film that’s been seen as the big reopening event for cinemas, Christopher Nolan’s Tenet. It’s only pushed the movie by two weeks – from 17th July to 31st July – and it’s followed it with a further delay to Wonder Woman 84, that’s moved from its rearrange date in August to the start of October.

A few more changes have been announced too, and we expect these American announcements to be reflected in the UK schedules too.

Most notably, The Matrix 4 has been delayed by nearly a year, from May 2021 to April 1st 2022. Filming had been underway on the movie when lockdown began, but clearly getting in back up and going on the film is not without problems. Hence the extra time.

Peter Jackson’s Beatles documentary, The Beatles: Get Back, has gone back a year too, from September 2020 to August 2021.

Further changes from Warner Bros, too. Godzilla Vs Kong will no longer be with us this year, and instead heads to May 2021. The Witches, directed by Robert Zemeckis, has dropped off the schedule altogether for the minute, having been set initially for release in October.

More release date jiggles are expected over the coming weeks as the pattern for cinema reopening becomes clearer. We wait and see…


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