The cycle of delayed films continues, as the animated movie Connected is pushed back further into 2020 (with no named release date now confirmed).
Connected, the Sony Animation feature produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller that’s directed by Michael Rianda and Jeff Rowe has become the latest casualty of the continued Covid complications sweeping the world. The film has now been pushed back from its October release to an as yet unnamed point later in the year. The news comes amid a fresh cycle of delays among the upcoming major releases, with Candyman and Wonder Woman 1984 having moved from their October release dates and Marvel’s Black Widow and Pixar’s Soul widely believed to doing the same too.
As it stands, cinema operators and audiences find themselves in a situation that looks increasingly like August when cinemas reopened, where screens are available but with no new blockbuster movies to draw audiences in. It should be noted though that Tenet continues to play at many cinemas, whilst Death On The Nile and the latest 007 installment, No Time to Die, seem at present to be sticking to their respective October and November release dates.
It’s also worth mentioning that in the absence of mega-budget fare, the smaller production companies and distributors are doing a grand job of keeping cinemas stocked with brilliant films, with The Vigil, The Roads Not Taken and Bill & Ted Face the Music being just a few of the films that are giving audiences a reason to venture out and importantly, keeping cinemas in business.
What happens from here remains to be seen, but those few films that have held their nerve are offering a lifeline to beleaguered cinemas, with No Time to Die in particular seeming like an increasingly important release for cinema operators. More news on the current wave of rescheduled dates as we have it.
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