This was a day of mostly-minor changes to Disney’s upcoming slate of films. Some are getting bumped off their release date, some have found new ones, and others have received title changes. Let’s hit it.
The big news is that Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman prequel, The King’s Man, has been moved yet again, this time off of its September 18th perch and to February 26th 2021. This is hardly the first time. The film, which stars Ralph Fiennes in the story of the spy organization’s wartime origins, was originally due to open in November 2019, before moving to February 2020. We can probably blame COVID-19 for the move, although you’d think with theaters reopening and major films in theaters, that would be less of a concern. Then again, Disney pulled Mulan out of theaters so why not this?
The Eternals…are no more. Marvel has listened to Film Twitter and dropped “The” from the title of their upcoming Eternals movie. Social media has been asking for this almost since the beginning. To be honest, marketing materials have been playing it both ways for a while. Dropping it makes sense. Eternals opens February 12th 2021.
Speaking of Eternals, that movie’s acclaimed director, Chloe Zhao, now has a release date for the movie that will beat it into theaters. Nomadland, which stars Oscar winner Frances McDormand as a woman who goes off the grid in the American west, will open on December 4th 2020. Gee, that looks an awful lot like awards season. The film will have its world premiere simultaneously in Venice and TIFF.
Finally, Disney has set a date for Luca, the Pixar film which looks like it sprung straight from the mind of Luca Guadagnino. Arriving on June 18th 2021, Luca is “a coming-of-age story about one young boy experiencing an unforgettable summer filled with gelato, pasta and endless scooter rides.”