I guess this was to be expected really, and will no doubt be followed by more releases. A Quiet Place Part 2 was set to open next week, and was on track to be a major hit too, but Paramount have decided to delay its release indefinitely due to the corona virus.
Director/co-writer/star John Krasinski issued the following statement on Twitter today:
“To all our A Quiet Place fans,
One of the things I’m most proud of is that people have said our movie is one you have to see all together. Well, due to the ever-changing circumstances of what’s going on in the world around us, now is clearly not the right time to do that. As insanely excited as we are for all of you to see this movie, I’m gonna wait to release the film till we CAN all see it together. So here’s to our group movie date. See you soon!”
“After much consideration, and in light of the ongoing and developing situation concerning coronavirus and restrictions on global travel and public gatherings, Paramount Pictures will be moving the worldwide release of A Quiet Place Part 2. We believe in and support the theatrical experience, and we look forward to bringing this film to audiences this year once we have a better understanding of the impact of this pandemic on the global theatrical marketplace.”
Yes, it’s a huge disappointment, but one has to face reality. The virus is wreaking havoc throughout the world and it seems likely that many cinemas may actually be closed for at least a few weeks. Here in the UK it’s perhaps hard to imagine that because we’re behind many other countries in terms of the spread of the virus, but it’s going to get worse before it gets better.
UPDATE: Fast And Furious 9 has also been postponed…for a whole year! Expect more to follow, though hopefully not for as long.