If you have been looking forward to the March 20 opening of A Quiet Place Part II, Paramount Pictures has some bad news for you.
When A Quiet Place opened on April 6, 2018, it was an immediate success, both critically and financially. It grossed over $188 million in the US and Canada alone, and was lauded by the likes of Stephen King, who called it “an extraordinary piece of work.” Naturally, A Quiet Place Part II was soon announced by Paramount.
The trailer for A Quiet Place Part II dropped in January and currently shows 25 million views on YouTube, so people were clearly excited about the sequel.
Meanwhile, in an effort to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, theaters across Europe have been closed in order to discourage large gatherings of people. Although theaters in the US have not yet taken that drastic step, several announcements were made on March 12 regarding upcoming film releases.
The newest James Bond movie No Time to Die will now be released in November. Peter Rabbit 2 was bumped to August, and Disney’s Mulan live-action remake has been pushed to an unannounced date.
According to Variety, Paramount Pictures also announced that the much-anticipated release date of A Quiet Place Part II would be changed. They did not give a new date, stating that a date would be announced “once we have a better understanding of the impact of this pandemic on the global theatrical marketplace.”
A Quiet Place creator John Krasinski released a statement on Instagram, stating that it’s a film people should watch together in a group, and “I’m gonna wait to release the film til we CAN all see it together!”
COVID-19 has heavily affected the entertainment industry, with Broadway suspending all performances until April 13, and the SXSW and TCM Classic film festivals cancelling. Disney announced that its Orlando and Paris theme parks would be closed from March 15 through the end of the month, and Universal Orlando soon followed suit.
If there is a bright spot in all of this, maybe it will be a plus for streaming services. If people choose to stay home until the immediate threat of the virus is over, they might just decide to “Netflix and chill,” or watch some Vudu, Shudder, Crackle, Tubi…you get the picture.
Do you plan to stick close to home until the COVID-19 threat has passed, or will you continue to go to public events? Let us know your plans in the comments section.