Surely on December 31, 2019 some prophet said: “2020, surprise me.” Boy, we were surprised. Because of the famous “unnameable”, several movie releases have been delayed to 2021 or later.
For this reason, from “The back row”, I want to expose you the list of films that have annoyed me the most that they postponed.
“A Quiet Place: Part II”
I loved the first part and when I saw it I thought that it wouldn’t be necessary to continue this universe, since the aura of mystery was what made you get fully into the film.
However, when it was announced that John Krasinski (“The Office,” “Jack Ryan”) would return to direct a sequel, it caused me more and more intrigue as the months went by. I think that directing and acting at the same time is one of the most complicated things in film (which I hope to do one day), and it’s much more difficult to get it right. Apparently Krasinski knew how to bring it to perfection and that sparked my interest in seeing him sitting in the director’s chair in future projects.
Also, seeing Emily Blunt (“The Return of Mary Poppins”, “The Devil Wears Prada”) side by side with her new partner, Cillian Murphy (“Peaky Blinders, Batman Begins”), increased by 1000 look forward to seeing this chapter.
Before all this “unnameable” thing happened, I remember there was barely a week left before it was released in theaters. Apparently “our friend” caused all theaters to close and “A Quiet Place: Part II” was delayed to 2021.
The new “Viuda negra” film a.k.a Black Widow, promised a breath of fresh air to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s not a prequel or a sequel, but an episode in his life in which we would further explore the character’s personality.
Set between “Captain America: Civil War” and “Avengers: Infinity War”, the film would expose us to Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) asking for help from old friends from the past to face a greater enemy. If they would have done this movie when this universe started in 2008, the movie would have been very different from the one they were going to release in 2020.
According to the trailers, we will watch a movie with the tone of spies and secret agents in a more mundane environment than capes and flying hammers, a simplicity that would bring a new vision to the saga. The point of view of a much more mundane and personal avenger.
Without a doubt, the most beautiful moments of superheroes are when they stop being “super” to be people. Explore deep inside and understand why they act like this. As much as Disney and Marvel tried to keep this movie for May, it was forced into an indefinite delay, predictably early in 2021.
30 years we’ve had to wait for the real Ghostbusters to return to action. A sequel that I thought would never arrive but one day I woke up with an amazing trailer in my hands.
We don’t know too much about this film. The synopsis exposes a family that inherits the property of a relative who was a ghostbuster. Set nowdays, this group of heroes are myths that have been forgotten, but a group of children will face a new adventure that will put The Ghostbusters on the top again.
Jason Reitman (“Tully”, “Juno”) takes over from his father (Ivan Reitman) as director, the perfect torch pass. Also, everyone is waiting for the return of Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver and Bill Murray himself.
This new sequel was expected for summer, July 10, 2020, but many months of delay have sent it to March 2021. If we have waited 30 years, I suppose we can wait a bit longer, or maybe The Ghostbusters could end with this pandemic?
“Fast and Furious 9”
The endless saga would bring a new chapter this year, but it seems that Toretto has a flat tire.
Contrary to many, I like the current Fast & Furious films more than the first ones, I don’t know if it’s because of the disbelief, the explosions or the baldness of all the protagonists but I was intrigued to see Vin Diesel (“Fast & Furious 7, “Daddy Kangaroo”) against John Cena.
The trailer gave us powerful moments with a dose of “hype” thanks to the resurrection of one of the most memorable characters. With all the concert and fireworks they put on in the US to announce the trailer, it’s a bummer that it had to be delayed. From May 22, 2020 to April 2, 2021, a year will have to wait to see this panda in action again.
“No time to die”
“No time to die”. Well, now you have time, James, because you have been delayed to the end of the year.
Daniel Craig (“Knives Out”; “Cowboys & Aliens”) returns for the last time to play James Bond. The English spy settled in his retirement will have to return to action for one last mission. With Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Mr. Robot”) and Craig, this film promised a great ending to the Craig saga (because it probably won’t be the last James Bond series).
On 2021 we will enjoy the Bond saga accompanied with the music of Hans Zimmer and Billie Eilish. Will “No Time to Die” beat “Skyfall”? (In my opinion, the best Craig-Bond movie to date). Let’s hope for a worthy ending for this character who has given us so many adventures.
“Wonder Woman 1984”
3 years after her solo movie came to theaters, Gal Gadot (“Batman v Superman”, “Fast & Furious 4”) returns with “Wonder Woman 1984”.
A sequel in which Diana Prince meets again the “dead” Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) today. The plot is intriguing, since it presents a contrast to what was seen in the first film.
In “Wonder Woman”, Diana didn’t know how to behave in the world of humans so she was advised by Steve Trevor. Now, Steve, in a 21st century very different than the trenches of WWII, but Diana is there to help him adjust to this new world.
With a cast completed by Kristen Wiig (“Ghostbusters”) and Pedro Pascal (“The Mandalorian”), “Wonder Woman 1984” is another step in the evolution of the first heroine who jumped to the big screen. Unfortunately, it was originally delayed from 2019 to August 2020, but now, she’s the brave who is on theatres.
Jaume Collet-Serra brings us “Jungle Cruise”, a thrilling adventure in which Dwayne Johnson (“Baywatch“, “Jumanji: Welcome to the jungle”) and Emily Blunt will have to go deep into the jungle to find the legend of the tree of life. Oh, and they will be accompanied by the spanish actors Dani Rovira (“Ocho apellidos vascos”) and Quim Gutiérrez (“Primos”).
The film has been in motion since 2006. Since that year there have been casting rumors (Tom Hanks and Tim Allen a.k.a Woody and Buzz), delays, cancellations … It’s inspired by a Disneyland roller coaster, taking advantage of the pull that “Pirates of the Caribbean” had. With that formula, it seems that bringing roller coasters to the big screen are succesful.
This film finished filming at the end of 2018, so it’s strange that they waited until 2020 to release it. Also, due to the current situation it has been delayed to July 30, 2021.
Serra promises action, humor and entertainment in a summer movie that we are looking forward to.
-Bonus track: “The Batman”, “Spiderman 3”, “A beautiful day in the neighborhood”, “Indiana Jones 5″…
Finally, this damn news has caused a domino effect in which films that had a scheduled start date for filming have been delayed for a few months. For this reason, we wanted to make a special mention to those who have suffered the claws of the “unnameable”.
And to you, what have been the movies that have given you the most anger because of it’s delay? Let us know in the comments!