COVID-19 Pandemic Delays Movie Releases

COVID-19 Pandemic Delays Movie Releases

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Over the past few weeks, COVID-19 has become one of the hottest topics in debate. Not only does it cause a stir through panic-buying of toilet papers, the rising concern of this pandemic has also caused huge loss to numerous industries.

With the recent significant spike in the number of individuals tested positively with COVID-19, this contagious virus reached an alarming rate, prompting the Malaysian Government to implement the Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan (Movement Control Order), sometimes dubbed as the nation’s partial lockdown beginning from 18th to 31st of March 2020.

As part of the initiative to minimize the risk of the virus infecting healthy individuals, all mass movements or gatherings, including religious, sports, social and cultural activities are generally prohibited. As such, many businesses premises (except for those providing essential services), including cinema outlets are required to be temporarily closed down until the end of the Movement Control Order.

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Prior to that, several movie distributors have already taken the initiative to postpone the release of new movies, some of which are highly anticipated blockbuster movies of 2020. With the restriction currently in effect, several more movies have also been reported to be delayed worldwide. So far, here are the movie titles that have been confirmed to be postponed:

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FAST & FURIOUS 9 (Initial Release Date: 22 May 2020)

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BLACK WIDOW (Initial Release Date: 30 April 2020)

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RUN (Initial Release Date: 8 May 2020)

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ANTEBELLUM (Initial Release Date: 24 April 2020)

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SPIRAL (Initial Release Date: 15 May 2020)

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ANTLERS (Initial Release Date: 17 April 2020)

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THE NEW MUTANTS (Initial Release Date: 3 April 2020)

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NO TIME TO DIE (Initial Release Date: 2 April 2020)

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PETER RABBIT 2: THE RUNAWAY (Initial Release Date: 3 April 2020)

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DISNEY’S MULAN (Initial Release Date: 26 March 2020)

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A QUIET PLACE PART II (Initial Release Date: 19 March 2020)

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LEGEND OF DEIFICATION (Initial Release Date: 25 January 2020)

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THE RESCUE (Initial Release Date: 25 January 2020)

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DETECTIVE CHINATOWN 3 (Initial Release Date: 25 January 2020)

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VANGUARD (Initial Release Date: 25 January 2020)

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In case you didn’t know, X-MEN fans have been waiting for the release The New Mutants since 2018. Initially planned for a release on 13 April 2018, it has since then been postponed several times. The movie was delayed to 22 February 2019 and was later pushed to 2 August 2019 only to be delayed again to 3 April 2020. Just when you thought that the movie would finally see the day of light, the COVID-19 pandemic hits and it got postponed again! Adui! It’s likely that more upcoming movie releases could be rescheduled since there’s no uncertainty as to when the pandemic would come to an end.

While we understand that some may be disappointed on the delay of these highly anticipated movies, the decision to postpone the release of the movies is a smart one as it’s not worth getting infected over the course of a single movie. During this time, Rilex-Lah urges everyone to keep calm, stay safe and be a responsible citizen during this partial lockdown ya!

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