The theatrical landscape of Spring 2021 just got quieter.
In an expected move, A Quiet Place Part II has been bumped from late-April to Fall 2021. The horror-sequel starring Emily Blunt and directed by husband John Krasinski will now open on September 17, 2021.
Originally slated to open in the spring of 2020, it became one of the major titles to undergo multiple delays as the coronavirus pandemic has continued to dominate the globe for nearly a year now.
This shift is the latest from spring to fall in a whole series of them, most notably the 007 spy thriller No Time To Die and Sony’s vampire Spider-verse movie Morbius, but also a slew of second-tier features and franchises like The King’s Men, a new live-action Cinderella, Ghostbustes: Afterlife, and more.
The new theatrical releases still on the docket for the first half of 2021 are now slim, and likely to grow thinner. Marvel’s Black Widow and Universals F9 (that’s the new Fast & Furious entry) are rumored to be bailing from their perches in early and late May, respectively.
Black Widow likely lands either in September or November, but F9 may wait until late spring/early summer 2022. If it does, that will be a full two years after its original release date.
Assuming those dominos fall, that would essentially leave two major titles for theatrical play this spring: Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon on March 5 and Warner Bros. Godzilla vs. Kong on March 26. Even so, both films will see their box office receipts muted as each will launch simultaneously on their studio’s respective streaming platforms, Disney Plus and HBO Max.
Other, smaller movies will continue to find room in these now-vacant multiplexes. A few of them: Denzel Washington‘s The Little Things (also premiering day-and-date on HBO Max) on January 29, plus Oscar hopefuls Nomadland on February 19 (day-and-date with Hulu) and Judas and the Black Messiah (another HBO Max co-launch) on February 12.
But in terms of movies with major blockbuster appeal, the soonest we can expect something of that scale would now be June (Top Gun: Maverick, In The Heights, Pixar’s Luca), but even those are starting to look iffy.