Universal Studios has pushed back a slew of films, shoving one off the release schedule entirely in the process, according to Deadline.

What happened:

  • Universal has moved back several films to deal with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, forcing films into new release dates and sending one off the schedule in general.
  • “Minions: The Rise of Gru” has been pushed back from June 2020 to July 2, 2021.
  • “Sling 2” was pushed from July 2, 2021, to Dec. 22, 2021.
  • “Wicked” — the adaptation of the Broadway play — has been pushed from holiday 2021 to completely off the schedule.
  • Deadline said: “These are further casualties of the coronavirus pandemic as Illumination’s Mac Guff studio in Paris has been temporarily shuttered in abidance with the current lockdown in France — and as Hollywood jockeys its schedules for the foreseeable, yet unclear, future.”

More moves from Universal

Universal has made a number of moves since the coronavirus pandemic hit the United States. The studio pushed the James Bond film “No Time To Die” from April 2020 to the fall instead, according to my report for the Deseret News.

Universal also pulled the brakes on “F9” — the ninth “Fast & Furious” film — from an Easter release to April 2, 2021, as I wrote for the Deseret News. Universal released many of its in-theater films on demand, too.

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