F9 isn't the only major movie shifting its plans as people are urged to practice "social distancing" to stop the spread of the coronavirus, which has now been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. John Krasinski announced on Twitter that A Quiet Place Part II, scheduled for release March 20, would be moved to an undisclosed later date. Paramount, in statement, said: "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." (The irony that this all seems like something out of a dystopian horror movie like, well, A Quiet Place is not escaping us.)
And these were just the beginning of widespread cancellations. Later, the same day, Disney decided to reschedule the live action Mulan, which was going to be released March 27 and has already premiered in Los Angeles. At the same time the company -- which is also closing its parks -- pushed Searchlight's horror movie Antlers and New Mutants, the essentially cursed X-Men spinoff that was moved around multiple times for non-coronavirus based reasons. (Why that film doesn't drop on Disney+ or Hulu immediately is anyone's guess.) And less than a week later, the studio, which also includes former Fox properties, essentially wiped the rest of its slate through May, delaying Marvel's Black Widow,The Personal History of David Copperfield, and the Amy Adams' The Woman in the Window until further notice.
Warner Bros. was the last major player to make its big moves. The studio is pushing back Wonder Woman 1984 from early June to August 14, optimistically hoping we'll be back to going to movie theaters by that point. Other films, however, are getting delayed "indefinitely," like In the Heights, Jon M. Chu's highly anticipated adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical.
Movie theaters are responding by either slashing occupancy or closing entirely, like AMC and Regal are doing for the time being. With Governor Andrew Cuomo's mandate that gatherings of 500 or more people must be canceled, Broadway theaters are shutting down until April 13. The Tribeca Film Festival has also been postponed.
Meanwhile, as offices are closing across the country, so are film and TV productions. For example, Riverdale has shut down in Vancouver following the news that a person working on the show came into contact with someone who has been infected, and Ryan Murphy has suspended production of his Netflix movie The Prom out of "an abundance of caution," per Deadline's source. Apple's The Morning Show is also going on a two-week hiatus to, in the words of producer Michael Ellenberg, "assess the situation and ensure the safety of the incredible people who make this show." On Friday, Disney either halted or delayed production on all of its live action movies, including The Little Mermaid remake and Guillermo Del Toro's Nightmare Alley. Destin Daniel Cretton, who is directing the Marvel feature Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, self isolated and is getting tested. The studio also paused various TV projects and others, including Netflix, have done the same.
And, of course, there's then the case of Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, arguably they highest profile people to first announce they have contracted the disease. They were in Australia because of Hanks' role in Baz Luhrmann's Elvis biopic when they got tested and learned they had both contracted COVID-19.
This post has been updated as new information has been released.