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What events and projects have been delayed due to Coronavirus?

By The One True GeekologyPublished 4 years ago 15 min read

Coronavirus has swept across the globe, creating panic in crowded cities and toilet paper aisles alike. Most events hosting over 500 people have been cancelled, including Broadway shows in New York which have been postponed until 12th April. But what else are we going to be kept waiting for? Here is a comprehensive list of all live events, movies and productions affected by Coronavirus so far.


Disneyland Florida - SHUT DOWN

Disney has suspended it's cruise line and shut down it's park in Orlando, Florida in order to prevent the spread of the virus.

Launches and Premieres


Writer and director John Krasinski announced that the film’s release will be pushed indefinitely “due to the ever-changing circumstances of what’s going on in the world around us.” “As insanely excited as we are for all of you to see this movie … I’m gonna wait to release the film til we CAN all see it together!” Krasinski posted on Instagram. “So here’s to our group movie date!”


The Searchlight creature feature starring Kerri Russell and Jesse Plemons, which was produced by Guillermo del Toro, was slated to open in April, but Disney made the decision to delay its premiere indefinitely.

Disney+ European Press Launch – CANCELLED: PROMOTING ONLINE

Disney+ axed its two-day European press launch in London this week, as a number of media attendees cancelled. Instead, they’ll promote the streaming service online. This wouldn't have happened if they'd released the service to Europe closer to the US release, not that we're bitter.


The ninth instalment of the Fast and Furious franchise has moved its worldwide release to April 2, 2021. Vin Diesel broke the news to fans on Instagram. “We feel all the love and the anticipation you have for the next chapter in our saga,” he wrote. “That’s why it’s especially tough to let you know that we have to move the release date of the film. It’s become clear that it won’t be possible for all of our fans around the world to see the film this May.”

Little Fires Everywhere – STREAMING ONLY

Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon’s adaptation of Celeste Ng’s novels Little Fires Everywhere won’t get its world premiere. Instead, the series will go straight to Hulu on 18th March.


Disney officially postponed the release date, which was set for 27th March.


Now that Disney owns Fox, it has made the choice to delay the New Mutants premiere to an undetermined date.

No Time to Die – RESCHEDULED

The latest James Bond film initially cancelled its press tour and premiere in China, then decided the rest of the world should also wait. No Time to Die’s release has been postponed to November 2020 everywhere.

Peter Rabbit 2 - POSTPONED

James Corden’s second outing as Peter has pushed it’s release date from March to August.

Superman: Red Son New York Premiere - CANCELLED

Warner Bros. decided to cancel the New York premiere of its animated feature Superman: Red Son “due to coronavirus concerns.”

Swipe Night - CANCELLED

A Tinder original that revolves around the apocalypse had its international rollout cancelled.

Film and TV Shoots

Blossoms - DELAYED

Another Wong Kar Wai project, the Chinese-language film and TV productions are rumoured to have been delayed indefintely. There has yet to be an official announcement.


The rom-com starring Billy Eichner has delayed its production start date.

Falcon & the Winter Soldier - DELAYED

Cast and crew on Disney+’s Avengers spinoff were sent home from Prague in the middle of shooting. The show is still pencilled to be released this August on the streaming service.

Grey’s Anatomy – ON BREAK

ABC’s long running drama has suspended production for “at least two weeks” out of an abundance of caution due to coronavirus.

Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune – AUDIENCE CANCELLED

Both game shows will reportedly continue production without live studio audiences, per TMZ.

Mission: Impossible 7 – ON BREAK

Paramount Pictures halted production on Mission: Impossible 7, which was headed to shoot in Venice. Italy is the third worst-affected country in the world, after China and Korea.

Riverdale – ON BREAK

Survivor - DELAYED

Production on the 41st season of Survivor has been pushed back to May due to coronavirus fears.

The Amazing Race - POSTPONED

Season 33 of the reality-adventure show was temporarily postponed just three episodes into production in England and Scotland.

The Bachelorette – CHANGES BEING MADE

The Bachelorette producers have to get creative for this season’s vacation spot. Variety reports that initial plans to go to Italy had to be swapped due to the country’s growing outbreak.

The Morning Show – ON BREAK

Apple TV’s Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon led show is taking a two-week break from production to “assess the situation.”

The Prom – ON BREAK

Ryan Murphy’s upcoming Netflix musical The Prom, starring Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman, among others, has shut down production on the Paramount lot “out of an abundance of caution,” Deadline reports.


The Amazon-produced series from renowned director Wong Kar Wai has reportedly been delayed indefinitely according to the South China Morning Post. (Amazon has not commented on the matter, though it’s worth nothing that the company has restricted all non-essential employee travel.)

Untitled Jia Zhangke film – CANCELLED

The Chinese filmmaker who made Ash Is The Purest White said at the Berlin Film Festival that his next film is delayed indefinitely. Many Chinese distributors were also reportedly absent due to issues obtaining visas for travel.


Live Nation Tours - POSTPONED

Billie Eilish, Jason Aldean, Zac Brown Band, Cher, Kiss, Post Malone, Tool, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Chris Stapleton are reportedly heading home from tour. The schedules will be re-evaluated in April with the hopes of resuming tours this summer.

Avril Lavigne - POSTPONED

Avril Lavigne has had to postpone the Asian leg of her Head Above Water World Tour, missing concerts in the Philippines, Taiwan, Japan, and several cities in China.


K-pop powerhouse BTS was unable to kick off their Map of the Soul Tour at Jamsil Olympic Stadium in Seoul due to the global outbreak. Instead, they’ve gone straight onto the second stop of the tour, in California.


Ciara, currently pregnant, was advised by her doctors to avoid travel and large groups, meaning the singer had to cancel her performance in Texas, for the Fort Hood USO grand opening. The grand opening and the concert have been pushed back to later this year.

Green Day – ON BREAK

Green Day cancelled several planned tour dates in countries affected by coronavirus: Singapore, Bangkok, Manila, Taipei, Hong Kong, Seoul, Osaka, and Tokyo. The band has not announced plans for the next leg of their tour, which takes them through parts of Europe dealing with the outbreak.

Khalid – AT RISK

The entire Asia leg of Khalid’s Free Spirit World Tour was ironically held back by travel advisories in several countries.

Louis Tomlinson - POSTPONED

Louis Tomlinson cancelled a headline show in Milan, which was to be part of his tour to promote his first solo album, Walls. He assured fans on Twitter that he “will be back in July” and to hold on to their tickets.


Madonna cancelled two shows in Paris this week due to restrictions imposed due to the virus outbreak. France has banned gatherings of over 1,000 people as the number of confirmed cases rise.


Maluma has postponed the remaining dates on his European tour. “I had all of the intention to perform on this tour, but with my team and due to the current global climate, we had to make this decision for the safety of our fans, tour crew and more,” Maluma said in a statement.

Mariah Carey - RESCHEDULED

The singer rescheduled for November, when Christmas is near and she’s at her most powerful anyway.

The Met Opera – ON HOLD

The Metropolitan Opera in New York has cancelled all performances scheduled until 31st March, affecting all six operas currently showing. They’ve also issued a 14-day quarantine for any performers, artists, or employees traveling from the worst affected countries.

Stormzy – AT RISK

Fans in Asia were unable to see Stormzy’s “Heavy Is the Head World Tour” due to coronavirus cancelations. The London rapper also called off his gig in Zurich, where the government announced a ban of any events with more than 1,000 people in attendance.


Just a little over a week before they were headed out on the road, Pearl Jam postponed their four-month North American tour.

World Tour Bushfire Relief Concert - AMENDED

Night one of the World Tour Bushfire Relief concert in Melbourne, Australia, was cancelled after headliner Miley Cyrus was forced to pull out due to travel recommendations. Day two of the benefit will reportedly still go on, with Robbie Williams headlining.

Zac Brown Band - POSTPONED

The group announced on March 10 that they would be postponing the spring leg of the Owl Tour.


“All upcoming talks and performances, including concerts and dance performances, until March 22,” New York’s 92nd Street Y said in a statement. “We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and heed all recommendations of the CDC, Departments of Health and our elected officials.”

Festivals and Conferences


The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers cancelled its annual conference in Los Angeles.


Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster have both withdrawn from the Italian children’s-book fair, which was previously rescheduled from March to May. Organizers have not yet announced any plans to further postpone or cancel the event.


The annual trade show in Las Vegas that draws movie theatre exhibitors, distributors, and partners and often includes filmmakers debuting exclusive footage of upcoming features, has been cancelled.

Coachella and Stagecoach - POSTPONED

Organisers have confirmed that both festivals will be postponed until October.


The year’s biggest trade show for video games doesn’t take place until June, but the organizers pulled the plug on March 11. “After careful consultation with our member companies regarding the health and safety of everyone in our industry — our fans, our employees, our exhibitors and our long time E3 partners — we have made the difficult decision to cancel E3 2020,” the Entertainment Software Association said in a statement, according to Kotaku. The ESA intends to set up an “online experience” to disperse news and announcements that would have been shared at the conference.

Emerald City Comic Con – AT RISK

Emerald City Comic Con has issued a statement saying the convention would continue as planned, but prioritizing “sanitization.” However, several attendees — from DC Comics to individual creators — have already pulled out from the event. The event organizers have offered to refund tickets to anyone who chooses not to attend.

Facebook F8 Developers Conference - CANCELLED

Facebook has decided to cancel its annual F8 developers conference in San Jose, California, scheduled for the beginning of May. Facebook had previously cancelled its March global marketing summit in San Francisco, also due to coronavirus concerns.

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival - CANCELLED

The event was scheduled to take place at Duke University in April, but the campus has cancelled all sponsored events for the time being.

Game Developers Conference - POSTPONED

Several brands like Microsoft and Electronic Arts had already backed out of this year’s GDC by the time organizers cancelled the event. Plans for a redo this summer will be announced in the coming weeks.


GLAAD cancelled their 31st annual Media Awards in New York City at the recommendation of Governor Andrew Cuomo, who declared a state of emergency in New York.

Google Cloud Next ’20 – STREAMING ONLY

This Google Cloud conference, meant to be held in San Francisco, has been substituted with a “free, global, digital-first, multiday experience.” It has also been redubbed “Google Cloud Next ’20: Digital Connect,” and will feature livestreaming keynotes and sessions.

Korea Times Music Festival - CANCELLED

The 18th annual Korea Times Music Festival, set to take place at Los Angeles’s Hollywood Bowl on 25th April, has ‘postponed indefinitely’. K-pop groups like Momoland and No Brain had previously been announced, and festival organizers announced they will offer refunds.

Livre Paris Book Fair - CANCELLED

This annual literary event which attracts 160,000 visitors a year announced that the 2020 edition will be cancelled following France’s precautions banning large indoor gatherings.

Montclair Film Festival - POSTPONED

Montclair Film is postponing all public events, including screenings and their annual film festival, originally planned for May.

National Book Critics Circle Award Ceremony - CANCELLED

The NBCC has cancelled the finalists’ readings and the award ceremony for this year’s National Book Critics Circle Award. The winners will still be revealed online and on social media. The annual NBCC benefit gala has been rescheduled for the fall.

Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards - POSTPONED

“The Kids’ Choice Awards scheduled for March 22, 2020, in Los Angeles is being postponed in consideration of the safety and well-being of every person involved with the show, which is our top priority,” Nickelodeon said in a release. “We will have further information about a new date in the future.” Chance the Rapper was set to host.


The annual television festival in Los Angeles, which is hosted by the Paley Center for Media, has been postponed as of this week but not outright cancelled. Among many others, events on this year’s festival docket included Curb Your Enthusiasm, Dead to Me, Ozark, Schitt’s Creek, and a tribute to Modern Family.

Prague Film Festival - CANCELLED

The Prague International Film Festival has been cancelled as the virus spreads in Europe, with hopes of rescheduling next year. The Czech Ministry of Health banned screenings, elementary and high-school classes, sports matches, and other events. Woody Harrelson, Hirokazu Kore-eda, and more were expected to attend.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - POSTPONED

The Rock Hall’s class of 2020 includes Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, Notorious B.I.G., The Doobie Brothers, and T. Rex, but the May induction ceremony has now been postponed.

Roger Ebert’s Film Festival - RESCHEDULED

The 22nd annual event, also known as Ebertfest, has been rescheduled to 14th April 2021. The event was to be hosted at the University of Illinois, but the school has cancelled all sponsored events on campus with more than 50 people in attendance.

RuPaul’s DragCon LA - CANCELLED

DragCon has officially been cancelled this year. “Unfortunately, there’s no way for anyone to know what the situation will be like in May,” DragCon organizers said in a release. “Due to that uncertainty, and out of an abundance of caution, we’ve decided that it’s in the best interest of the talent, staff, and attendees to cancel RuPaul’s DragCon LA 2020.” The queens will return in 2021.

St. Patrick’s Day Parades - CANCELLED

New York City, Chicago, Boston, Denver, San Francisco, both Dublins (Ohio and Ireland), and more have cancelled their St. Patrick’s Day parades and celebrations out of caution.

Spring Tomorrowland Music Festival - CANCELLED

Organizers of the French electronic-music festival Tomorrowland announced they were cancelling the festival, following new regulations by the French government banning “all indoor gatherings of more than 5,000 people.” The summer edition of Tomorrowland, set to take place in Belgium, is still scheduled to happen in July.

Sun Valley Film Festival - CANCELLED

Originally scheduled for 18th March, organizers of the Sun Valley Film Festival pulled the plug on the Idaho event and will reschedule its 10th anniversary edition for next year.

SXSW Participants - CANCELLED

While the Austin-based music, tech, and film festival initially planned to operate as usual, Austin Mayor Steve Adler officially cancelled the event on 6th March. The cancelation is the first in the 33-year history of the Austin event, and comes after several big-name companies decided to pull their contributions, including Netflix, Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, and Intel.

TCM Classic Film Festival - CANCELLED

The Los Angeles event has been cancelled, and TCM says ticket buyers will be refunded for their purchases.


The annual TED Conference in Vancouver, scheduled to take place in April, will now either be held virtually or postponed until July. Speakers had not yet been announced, but delegates have been asked to submit their preference — virtual conference or postponing until July — to TED’s curators via an online form.

The London Book Fair - CANCELLED

One of the world’s largest international book festivals was forced to cancel amid coronavirus worries. About 25,000 publishers, agents, and authors were meant to attend the fair this week, even as many backed out.

Tribeca Film Festival - POSTPONED

The 22nd annual event will no longer begin on 15th April, having been postponed.

Ultra Music Festival - CANCELLED

The three-day electronic music festival, scheduled for next weekend, has been “suspended” until next year, effectively cancelling it, though officials declined to use that phrasing. This the first time in 21 years the festival will not take place in Miami.

Wonder-Con Anaheim - CANCELLED

Comic-Con International has pulled the plug on WonderCon Anaheim in the wake of California governor Gavin Newsom’s recommendation that any public gathering larger than 250 people be cancelled or rescheduled.

Theater Productions


New York’s famed Apollo has either cancelled or postponed many events in its upcoming programming.

Broadway – CLOSED

Due to state-wide bans on public gatherings larger than 500 people, Broadway shows have been shut down.

Cinderella - POSTPONED

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella will now open at the Gillian Lynne Theatre in London’s West End in October instead of this summer.

That's it for now. Are you bummed? Indifferent? Do you recognise half of the titles or events, because I sure don't. Either way, we at Geekology urge you not to panic, keep hygiene in mind, and for the love of geek send toilet paper because we're running out of shells.

Until next time


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