Matthew Vaughn’s prequel to the Kingsman films is delayed again, as Disney now pushes the movie back for a further five months.

Disney has decided to hold back the debut of The King’s Man movie until February 2021, in a move which underlines the continuing uncertainty regarding blockbuster releases during the ongoing pandemic.

Releasing through its 20th Century Studios brand, the prequel to the popular Kingsman series of films was originally scheduled to land in February of this year, before being delayed until September. Now, it has become the latest casualty of the Covid crisis, suffering a further delay of five months. It’s now due on February 26th 2021 in the US, and the UK date is expected to follow suit.

With Warner Bros restoring some confidence to the beleaguered film industry by rolling out its blockbuster, Tenet, worldwide, this move by Disney will be particularly unwelcome to those seeking to see cinemas open once more and screening the types of large-budget, crowd-pleasing  fare that will get lots of paying customers back into cinemas.

Disney however, have already shown through their shifting of Mulan to a premium Disney+ release in many markets, that it won’t be pushed into supporting cinemas if it thinks it will hurt its own bottom line.

Naturally, The King’s Man will not be the type of film that could receive a Disney+ release, so instead, so instead the studio has decided to delay it once more. It could be that Disney’s strategy for cinema releases involves the entire US market being open, which currently is not the case. Part of America that themselves are major cinema markets continue to struggle with the coronavirus pandemic.

More news as we have it on this one.


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