The Warner Bros.
Pictures, one of the world's largest film production companies, is delaying the releases of several of its most anticipated blockbusters by several months.
Bad news for cinemas in France and around the world, which relied on these releases to make up for the delay caused by confinement.
The Covid-19 continues to weigh on the film industry.
Since a sudden stop of the receipts during the confinement, the dark rooms are struggling to attract viewers again.
This drop in cinema attendance is pushing the Warner Bros.
to shift the release of several of its big productions.
Which will not help the business of cinema exhibitors.
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No Christmas blockbuster
The first announcement made by Warner is the shift of the highly anticipated
an adaptation by Denis Villeneuve of the first volume of Frank Herbert's literary saga, starring Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya.
was due out this year, just before Christmas, a period normally good for cinemas.
We will have to wait until October 2021 to discover the film, proof that the producers do not really have confidence in the immediate future.
This delay in October 2021 forces to postpone another Warner film, initially scheduled for next fall:
This version of the adventures of the batman, this time played by Robert Pattinson, will not arrive in theaters until 6 months later, in March 2022.
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A domino game of carryovers
And the series of shifts continues.
The majors of American cinema planning their release schedule several years in advance, we were already waiting for April 2022 for the fourth installment of the
This time around, the dominoes play in reverse: the film will hit theaters in December 2021, five months ahead of schedule.
As for Warner's superhero films,
is postponed from June to October 2022, and
from November 2022 to June 2023.
Warner is not the only production company to shake up its releases.
This Monday, Universal Studios announced the postponements of two highly anticipated films: the new James Bond
No Time to Die
will not be released until April 2021, and
Fast & Furious 9
in late May 2021.