COVID-19's Effect On The Movie Industry
For the first time in history, major film studios have broken protocol and have begun releasing films online before theaters. This is a wild development in the world of cinema and will definitely have lasting effects.
For now, most theaters have delayed release dates of their bigger investment films like Universal Studios' Fast and Furious 9, but they have begun to test the waters of online releases with great success.
Universal Studios announced it will continue to have both online and theater releases due to the success of Trolls World Tour. It earned more in 3 weeks than its predecessor did in 5 months and the Studio did not have to share the earnings with other studios. Unfortunately, this infuriated AMC Theaters who decided to sever ties with Universal and refused to further show their films at their studios even when the theaters re-open.
Many believe the Coronavirus pandemic has only fast-forwarded what was supposed to happen in the film industry. Now companies like Disney have begun to test the exclusive release of their films on their streaming platform. A few films are still set to be released in the summer to test the market when businesses begin to re-open.
Disney's CEO Bob Chapek suggested there has "got to be incredible pent-up demand" for theater-going experiences but has released Frozen II and Onward early via Disney+.
New Movies Available To Stream!
In the meantime, here is a list of new movies you will be able to stream from the safety of your own home!
Judd Apatow's The King Of Staten Island starring Pete Davidson will be available June 12th on Amazon Prime, Apple TV, and Google Play.
Tom Hardy portrays one of the most intense gangsters in history in Capone. It is available now on Amazon Prime and iTunes.
The Handmaids Tale's Elizabeth Moss stars in the modern remake of The Invisible Man in this terrifying film of gaslighting and psychological torment available on Universal, Amazon, Apple, and Google Play.
Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus are in marriage trouble after an avalanche challenges their relationship in this dark comedy. Downhill is available now on Amazon, Apple, and Google Play.
Disney has taken on the adaptation of the best-selling novel Artemis Fowl and created a fantastic modern take with an ensemble cast of Josh Gad, Colin Farrell, and Judi Dench. It will be available on Disney+ on June 12.
Another great family-friendly film will be Scoob! with the entire Mystery Inc. gang available May 12th! Will Forte, Zac Efron, Gina Rodriguez, Amanda Seyfried, and Mark Wahlberg will be voicing the old gang.