The Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, which was first identified in China in December had profound implications in areas such as public health, business and travel. And while the effects on the entertainment industry pale in comparison to the obvious threat that the virus poses to human life, the ripple effects affect the people all over the world who make a living producing and distributing movies, music and more.
The immense and lucrative Chinese film industry was hit almost immediately because cinemas across the country were closed and major releases were delayed. Hollywood soon began to feel the effectsalso, and as time passes, the impact of the coronavirus on the global film and entertainment industry is bound to increase.
The impact of the pandemic on these industries can range from a lower attendance at film festivals and interruptions in film distribution to delayed or canceled film releases and concert dates to limited on-location movie recording. Financial consequences are likely to be felt by studios, filmmakers, theater owners and more for months or even years.
These are the largest and most important developments in the entertainment industry in response to the pandemic. Most recently, Coachella 2020 – already moved from April to October – was canceled.
Cancellations and postponement of major entertainment festivals
K-pop concerts canceled including BTS shows: On February 28, the hugely popular K-pop group BTS arrived has canceled a series of concerts in Seoul. The shows were scheduled for April 11-12, April 18-19, at Seoul Olympic Stadium. The group’s management agency said the decision was made due to the inability to predict the magnitude of the South Korea outbreak in April, citing the health and safety of the musicians themselves, workers and concertgoers. Two hundred thousand fans were expected.
Days earlier, BTS had asked fans avoid a series of TV appearances planned to promote their latest album, Map Of The Soul: 7, which was originally planned to include studio audiences. The group also addressed fans through a streamed press conference. “Health is always on our minds these days, and our messages to face and love yourself are ultimately only possible if you are healthy, especially since it’s very risky outside these days,” said one of the singers, Jimin,. “I hope you take care of yourself.”
The entire Korean entertainment sector has been affected by the outbreak, and K-pop has been hit particularly hard, with groups including GOT7, Winner, Sechs Kies, (G) I-DLE and others canceling scheduled tour dates. Variety reported that box office sales in South Korea fell by 30 to 40 percent in January 2020 compared to previous years.
SXSW canceled: On March 6, the city of Austin, Texas, declared a state of disaster, requiring the cancellation of public gatherings and events for the foreseeable future. The most notable of these is the cancellation of South by Southwest, the annual music, film, TV and technology festival that serves as a major financial superpower for the city.
The announcement came after a week full of big companies – including Netflix, Apple, Amazon, WarnerMedia, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, Mashable, Intel and more – ending the high-traffic event, canceling panels, premieres and other gigs. Days later, SXSW organizers announced they fired a third of the festival staff in what they called “a necessary but heartbreaking step”.
Emerald City Comic Con delayed: The organizing body behind Emerald City Comic Con, the largest convention of its kind in Seattle, Washington, announced on March 6 that it would will postpone the event until sometime this summer. The event would take place from March 12-16.
“We have made every effort to make the event run as planned, but in the end we follow the guidance of local public health officials who indicate that conventions should now be postponed,” said convention organizers Reedpop in a statement published on the Emerald City Comic Con website.
Cannes Film Festival delayed: The 2020 edition of the Cannes Film Festival, arguably the most prestigious film festival in the world, is still up for debate following an announcement by the festival organizers on March 19 that the meeting could be postponed to ‘late June or early July or some other time. (The festival is scheduled for May 12-23 and attracts thousands of industries and press from around the world each year.) The festival first has issued a statement on February 28 after the first case of coronavirus in nearby Nice, France, was confirmed by the mayor of the city and said that the organizers were monitoring the situation, but that the festival would continue. (Cannes is a seaside resort on the French Riviera, about 30 km from Nice.)
Coachella delayed and then canceled: Goldenvoice, the organizers of Coachella – one of the largest annual music festivals in the US – announced on March 10 that the festival would be postponed due to concerns over Covid-19. Another Goldenvoice festival, the country music-oriented Stagecoach, was also delayed.
The Indio, California-based event was originally scheduled to last two weekends (April 10-12 and April 17-19), with the same talent lineup that occurred both weekends. The postponement moves Coachella to October 9-11 and October 16-18; Stagecoach 2020 was pushed back from April to October 23-25.
But on June 10, both events were canceled by order of the public health official from Riverside County, California.
Electronics Entertainment Expo (E3) canceled: The 2020 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) – the largest trade show in the video game industry – has been canceled. The Entertainment Software Association, which is hosting the event, has announced that it would not continue with the annual event because of fears of the corona virus in California, where E3 is taking place. The event was scheduled from June 9-11.
The organization said it will contact exhibitors and visitors about receiving full refunds for passes, and is considering ways to “coordinate an online experience” rather than the in-person event. It also states that E3 will return as planned next year.
The NBA has suspended basketball games indefinitely: A Utah Jazz player tested positive for coronavirus on March 11, causing NBA officials to cancel the evening’s jazz game just before the tip. As a further precaution, the union has made a statement that it would suspend the basketball season “until further notice.”
Before interrupting the rest of the season early, the NBA made other efforts to protect players and fans. The competition excluded media from changing rooms, and considered publicly teams play to empty arenasbefore the game is completely stopped.
2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo delayed: On March 24, under pressure from athletes and Olympic committees from multiple countries, the International Olympic Committee and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that the 2020 Summer Olympics would be postponed, possibly until 2021; on March 30 the dates were determined for July 23 – August 8, 2021.
San Diego Comic-Con 2020 canceled: On April 17, the organizers of San Diego Comic-Con announced that the annual fan convention will not proceed as planned in 2020. The event will resume at the San Diego Convention Center in July 2021. The cancellation marks the first time in Comic-Con’s 50-year history that the event, the largest conference of its kind in the U.S., will not take place.
Important movie release dates have been postponed or canceled
Warner Bros. changes release plans: On April 20, Warner Bros. announced changes on its slate. The batter, starring Robert Pattinson, has shifted from a June 25, 2021 release date to October 1, 2021. The many saints of Newark, a precursor to The sopranos, was delayed from September 25, 2020 to March 12, 2021. King Richard, a biopic about the father of Venus and Serena Williams starring Will Smith, has been moved from November 25, 2020 to November 19, 2021. An untitled Elvis movie has been moved from October 1, 2021 to November 5, 2021.
Two DC titles also shifted dates: Shazam! 2 is delayed from April 1, 2022 to November 4, 2022 and The flash moved from July 1, 2022 to June 3, 2022.
So far, the studio’s release dates are for Christopher Nolan’s Rack (July 17, 2020) and Wonder Woman 1984 (August 14, 2020) remain unchanged. (Wonder Woman 1984 previously shifted from June to August.)
On April 21, the studio announced the big-screen adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights, originally set on June 26, 2020, would move to June 18, 2021 due to pandemic post-production delays.
Latest Pixar movie delayed: On April 13, Disney announced that Pixar’s latest release, Soul, would open on November 20, 2020. The film was previously slated to open on June 19.
Disney is making major changes to release the calendar: On April 3, Disney made huge changes to the release calendar, setting dates for movies it had previously made without moving dates and others. Mulan will now open on July 24, 2020, while Jungle Cruise, which was scheduled to release that day, was moved to July 30, 2021. An untitled Indiana Jones movie moved from July 9, 2021 to July 29, 2022.
Changes in the MCU calendar caused a domino effect. Black Widow has been reset for November 6, 2020, with the previous release on that date, Shang-Chishifted to May 7, 2021. Originally Doctor Strange 2 was released on that date; it will now open on November 5, 2021 and move Thor: Love and Thunder until February 28, 2022. Black Panther 2 is still set on May 6, 2022 and Captain Marvel 2 moved from July 22 to July 8, 2022.
Disney also owns 20th Century Films and Searchlight Films, which have undergone a number of changes. Ryan Reynolds’ movie Free guy moved from July 3 to December 11, 2020. West Side Story is still scheduled for December 18 and Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel for Christmas day. Wes Anderson’s latest film, French shipping, moved from July 24 to October 16, 2020.
Artemis Fowl, whose release date has already shifted several times, will be released on Disney +.
On May 12, Disney announced that Hamilton, a filmed version of the hit Broadway musical, is set to premiere on Disney + on July 3, 2020, 15 months earlier than the original release date.
On May 13, Disney set The New Mutants August 28 release date. It was originally scheduled for April 3.
A release date for The woman in the window (originally scheduled for May 15) has not yet been established.
Sony postpones almost all of its films until 2021: On March 30, Sony announced that almost all of its summer tentpole films would be delayed until late 2020 or early 2021. Delayed films include Kevin Hart’s Paternity, Jared Leto’s Morbius, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Uncharted, and the previously delayed Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway. The only film that seemed untouched was the Spider-Man: Far From Home sequel, which is still slated for theatrical release on July 16, 2020.
Wonder Woman 1984 and In the Heights releases delayed: On March 24, Warner Bros. indicates that it is the release of Wonder Woman 1984 from June 5 to August 14. The studio also pulled three films from the release schedule: In the Heights, an adaptation of the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical originally scheduled for release on June 26; Scoob, a Scooby-Doo animated movie originally scheduled for May 15; and Evil, a thriller by Aquarius director James Wan who was originally scheduled to appear on August 14 (EvilThe move is designed to make way for Wonder Woman 1984Release.)
NBCUniversal will release large films digitally: In an unprecedented movement, NBCUniversal announced on March 16 that it would make some films available digitally the same day they are released in cinemas that remain open, including Trolls World Tour, which will hit theaters on April 10. Movies currently in cinemas will also be available on request, including The hunt, The invisible man, and Emma. Movies are available for a 48-hour rental period for $ 19.99 in the US and a comparable price abroad.
Disney postpones major releases: On March 12, Disney confirmed those three of the biggest releases of the year – Mulan (scheduled for March 27), The New Mutants (scheduled for April 3), and Antlers (scheduled for April 17) – postponed. Mulan will now open on July 24, 2020. The Chinese and European premieres of Mulan was also delayed earlier.
On March 17, Disney announced the procrastination from three more films: Black Widow (originally set for May 1), The personal history of David Copperfield (May 8), and The woman in the window (15 May). The delays followed cinema closings in several states, as well as nationwide shutdowns Regal and AMC theaters.
No time to die: On February 16, MGM announced that it would cancel the Chinese premiere and publicity tour planned for the new James Bond movie, No time to die, which was scheduled for April. The studio announced this on March 4 it was delayed the film’s release until the end of November, making the film the first major tentpole release to be delayed worldwide.
Sonic the hedgehog: On February 24, Paramount Pictures announced that it would delay the release of Sonic the hedgehog in China, with a new release date to be set.
Peter Rabbit 2: On March 10 Sony announced that it would push the world publication of Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway from late March / early April to August.
A Quiet Place Part II: On March 12 A Quiet Place Part II director John Krasinski announced via Twitter that the film’s release date would be delayed on March 19. “One of the things that I am most proud of is that people have said that our movie is one you should see all together. Well, because of the ever-changing circumstances of what is happening in the world around us, Clearly now is not the right time to do that, “he wrote.” As insanely excited as we are to show you all this movie … I’m waiting for the movie to come out until we can see it all together! “So here’s our group movie date! See you soon! “
Fast and furious 9: On March 12 Universal Pictures announced that it is the release date of the ninth episode in the Fast and furious franchise with 11 months, from May 22 to April 2, 2021.
Chinese films have canceled theatrical release and premiere online: China’s biggest movies of the year are mostly scheduled for release during Lunar New Year’s holiday at the end of January, but mounting fear of the corona virus and the public’s reluctance to be in crowded spaces caused distributors to voluntarily cancel or postpone various movie releases. Huanxi, distributor of the Chinese blockbuster Lost in Russia, announced the film on January 22 would premiere online free. Promotional material encouraged the public to “stay home and watch safely Lost in Russia with your mother. “On January 31 Enter the fat dragon became the second major Chinese film to premiere onlinebecause theaters are closed on behalf of the government.
Film and TV productions have been stopped, changed or stopped
Saturday Night Live broadcast remotely produced content: On April 9, the producers of Saturday Night Live, who had been on break since mid-March, announced that new remotely produced material would air on NBC in the usual slot of the show on Saturday night, 11:30 PM. on April 11, including a “Weekend Update” segment.
The coronavirus has touched Saturday Night Live in at least two ways. Hal Willner, the longtime music accompanist of the show, passed away on April 7 at the age of 64; he was not formally diagnosed with the virus, but had consistent symptoms. And Michael Che, one of the show’s co-head writers and co-anchor with Colin Jost from “Weekend Update”, announced via social media on April 6 that his grandmother had died of complications from the coronavirus.
The show participated other late night comedy showslike NBCs The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and Late Night with Seth Meyers, CBS’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Central’s Comedy The Daily Show, when creating comedy content remotely.
Eurovision canceled: The organizers of the Eurovision Song Contest organized on March 18 announced via Twitter that the 2020 edition of the event has been canceled. The event was scheduled for May.
TV programs interrupt production: Hundreds of shows delayed or suspended productionincluding Apple’s The Morning Show and Little America; Netflix shows including Russian doll; the CWs Riverdale; NBC shows including the Chicago dramas and The Kelly Clarkson Show; CBS shows including the NCIS dramas, The great race, and Survivor; and much more.
Saturday Night Live also announced that on March 16 it would suspend his next three shows, the first of which was scheduled for March 28, with John Krasinski hosting. (Krasinski’s movie A Quiet Place Part II, originally scheduled for release on March 19, was also delayed.)
Late night shows interrupt production or tape without a studio crowd: Originally, on March 11, there were producers of shows, including NBCs The Tonight Show (hosted by Jimmy Fallon) and Late at night With Seth Meyers, CBS’s Late Show With Stephen Colbert, TBSs Full frontal with Samantha Beeand Central’s Comedy Daily show (hosted by Trevor Noah) all of them announced they would start record without a live studio audience on March 16.
One day later NBC announced Which The Tonight Show and Late at night would cease production from the week of March 16; Stephen Colbert also announced that the Late Show production would cease. All three shows were already scheduled to end on March 23. On March 13 Jimmy Kimmel Live production has also been suspended.
Disney suspends live-action production: On March 13, Disney announced that production on his live action movies would interrupt production. Affected films include The little Mermaid, a Home alone reboot, and Peter Pan. Earlier in the day, production on Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of Ten Rings was suspended because of director Destin Daniel Cretton’s decision to isolate himself on the advice of a doctor. (Marvel is owned by Disney.)
Jia Zhangke project delayed: At the Berlin Film Festival in February, the famous Chinese director Jia Zhangke (Ash is purest white, A touch of sin) Indiewire said that production of his new movie, which was scheduled to begin in April, has been postponed indefinitely. Jia spoke to Indiewire at the Berlin Film Festival, where his documentary Swim until the sea turns blue premiered. But he said that before he left, he feared that his flight to Berlin would be canceled and that some of his employees chose not to make the trip. About his next movie, he said:
For some film companies and studios engaged in pre-production, a lot of costs are going down and those who have already started production must somehow be cut short or suspended. Some of them are already distributing movies and they have paid a lot of promotional and PR costs. The economy is now booming and I think the investment side will also be greatly affected.
Mission Impossible production interrupted: On February 26, Paramount Pictures announced for which it had halted a scheduled three-week shoot in Venice the seventh episode in the Mission Impossible franchise. “Out of an abundance of caution for the safety and well-being of our cast and crew, and the efforts of the local Venetian government to halt public gatherings in response to the threat of the corona virus, we are modifying the production plan for our three-week program . shoot in Venice, the planned first stage of an extensive production for Mission: impossible 7, ” a Paramount spokesperson said the Hollywood Reporter. “During this break we want to take the crew’s concerns into account and have them return home until production begins. We will continue to monitor this situation and work with health and government officials as it evolves. ”
Danger and Wheel of Fortune tape without studio audience: Although Sony declined to comment, sources told the Hollywood Reporter planned on March 9 recordings of the shows would continue without a live studio audience. The measure was also taken as a precaution for the health of Danger host Alex Trebek, who has stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson announce they have contracted the virus: One of Hollywood’s biggest stars, Tom Hanks, announced that he and his wife Rita Wilson had contracted the coronavirus while shooting Baz Luhrmann’s self-titled Elvis Presley movie in Australia:
In a message posted publicly on March 11, Hanks was his typical cheerful self:
Well now. What should I do now? Medical officials have protocols to be followed. We Hanks’ will be tested, observed and isolated for as long as public health and safety require. There is not much more going on than a daily approach, right?
We keep the world informed and up to date.
Take care of yourself!
Entertainment venues and attractions are closed
All of them Disney parks shut down: On January 25, Disney closed its Shanghai Disneyland park about the fear of the coronavirus. The park is a major revenue generator, with 11.8 million guests in 2018, 50 percent from outside the Shanghai region, and an estimated $ 1 billion in annual revenue and $ 50 million in operating profit. A day after the closure of Shanghai Disneyland, Hong Kong Disneyland dropped out. Both Disney parks in Japan are closed Feb. 29 and Disney announced on March 11 that they remain closed until the end of April.
Late in the day on March 12, Disneyland in California announced it would close the next day; by that evening, the company announced that all of its parks would close, including those in Florida and Disneyland Paris (which has three employees had previously tested positive for coronavirus).
North American Cinemas Shut Their Doors or Begin “Social Distance” Measures: On March 13, a number of theaters and theater chains, including AMC Theaters, and the Canadian chain Cineplex, announced that they would reduce the number of tickets sold for screenings by as much as 50 percent to allow customers to be further apart as part of “social distance” measures.
On March 15, theaters in New York and Los Angeles were closed by order of their respective mayors. On March 16, Regal announced this would happen shut down all of its 543 American theaters are indefinite; later on the day, AMC followed.
New York City Cultural Attractions Closed: On March 12, New York City’s major cultural attractions began to close, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Other institutions have canceled programming for March, such as the New York Public Library and Carnegie Hall.
Within a few days, the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced it was anticipating remain closed through July and lay off many of its staff. The Metropolitan Opera will take place on March 19 laid off all its union workers, including musicians and choir.
Broadway shows closed: On March 12, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that Broadway would be closed at 5 pm, part of a ban at gatherings of more than 500 people. The Broadway League is on April 8 announced that theaters would remain closed through June, and probably longer.
West End closes: On March 16, London’s West End closed as follows Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s speech urge the British to avoid public spaces. The theaters, including the Royal Opera House, will remain closed indefinitely.
Italian cultural sites closed: In February, one several major museums in Venice, Milan, Turin and other northern Italian cities were closed as part of the government’s aggressive attempt to curb the virus, and annual Carnivale celebrations stopped early. In early March, while the country is completely closed off, cultural sites throughout Italy were closedincluding the Colosseum and Pompeii.
Chinese cinemas have been closed for months, are beginning to reopen for the time being, and then close again: Hoping to deal with the coronavirus outbreak, the Chinese government announced on January 23 temporarily stop cinemas across the country until further notice. A total cessation of film production soon followed. Loss of earnings during the Lunar New Year holiday in late January, where movie theaters typically see an increase in ticket sales, was a whopping $ 1 billion, according to analysts.
On March 23, approximately 500 cinemas had been reopened in China, about 5 percent of the movie theaters in the country that were open before the outbreak. Variety reported that the cash register profit remained minimal. But on March 27 they were closed again.
Chinese cultural attractions closed: Other cultural attractions and institutions in China that are closed to the public include the National Museum of China in Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and part of the Great Wall of China near Beijing.
We will continue to update this article as the story develops.