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Month: September 2020

Disney Shuffles Release Dates Again: BLACK WIDOW and WEST SIDE STORY Head to 2021

The Hollywood Reporter:

In another major reshuffling of its release calendar, Disney is pushing 2020 event pics Black Widow and West Side Story to next year amid challenges posed by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Marvel’s female superhero pic, starring Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, had been set to hit the big screen on Nov. 6. It will now open on May 7, 2021. In turn, Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is being pushed from the May 7 date to July 9, 2021. (Marvel’s The Eternals also has a new date.)

Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story, from 20th Century and Amblin, is being delayed almost an entire year, and is moving from Dec. 18 to Dec. 10, 2021. Disney isn’t giving up its seat at the 2020 Christmas table entirely and is relocating Death on the Nile from Oct. 23 to Dec. 18.

Black Widow’s exit from the early November calendar is bad news for exhibitors who need tentpoles as they reopen. One bit of good news for theater owners: Pixar’s Soul is sticking to its Nov. 20, 2020 theatrical release date, while 20th Century’s Free Guy is keeping its Dec. 11, 2020 date. Nor are any of the film’s mentioned in Tuesday’s announcement being sent to Disney+, as Mulan was.

Remember when everyone (myself included) was wondering if there would be as much fervor for a Marvel movie after Avengers: Endgame was such a perfect “ending” for long-time fans?

With this year+ off, people will be frothing at the mouth to see a Marvel movie. Black Widow could be huge.

…provided of course we have a vaccine or something like it by the time the movie does eventually hit theaters…

James Gunn to Write and Direct 8-Episode SUICIDE SQUAD Prequel Series, Starring John Cena’s PEACEMAKER for HBO Max

The Hollywood Reporter:

The Suicide Squad isn’t due out until August 2021, but it’s already getting a prequel series spinoff.

James Gunn, the writer-director behind the movie, is re-teaming with actor John Cena for Peacemaker, an action-adventure-comedy series for HBO Max.

HBO Max has given a straight-to-series order for an eight-episode first season with Gunn writing all eight and directing several episodes, including the first. Cena will reprise his role from the upcoming movie for what will explore the origins of the character.

Awesome news for both Gunn and Cena alike.

Warner Bros must be pretty confident about how The Suicide Squad turned out to dish out this order.

Aside: HBO Max really is becoming a killer little service, isn’t it? Now, if they just leaned in to owning TNT and brought the AEW Dynamite archive over…

Monday Morning Shocker: Microsoft Purchases Bethesda, Creators of DOOM, FALLOUT, THE ELDER SCROLLS and More

Xbox.com:

Today is a special day, as we welcome some of the most accomplished studios in the games industry to Xbox. We are thrilled to announce Microsoft has entered into an agreement to acquire ZeniMax Media, parent company of Bethesda Softworks.

As one of the largest, most critically acclaimed, privately held game developers and publishers in the world, Bethesda is an incredibly talented group of 2,300 people worldwide who make up some of the most accomplished creative studios in our industry across Bethesda Softworks, Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, ZeniMax Online Studios, Arkane, MachineGames, Tango Gameworks, Alpha Dog, and Roundhouse Studios. These are the teams responsible for franchises like The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Wolfenstein, DOOM, Dishonored, Prey, Quake, Starfield and many more.

No word on what this means for a game like Deathloop, which is (was?) scheduled as a PlayStation 5 exclusive by Bethesda, or if they’ll continue to publish games on platforms other than the Microsoft friendly ones of PC and Xbox. I would imagine it’s very early days overall for those types of decisions.