By John H. Foote
Hollywood is reeling in reaction to the devastating virus that has caused massive disruption around the globe.
Major film releases have been withdrawn and pushed back as movie theatres close around the world. Disney has withdrawn both a Mulan and Wonder Woman 2084 from release, with no new dates announced. Paramount cancelled the release of A Quiet Place Part II, expected to be a blockbuster, with many more to follow in the coming days.
These three are the highest profiles, many others have been withdrawn.
The financial disruption could be devastating to the studios though many look to Blu Ray or streaming to shore up their profits.
Will Cannes be cancelled? Telluride? TIFF?
Film critics have their eyes on a Hollywood for further news.
John H. Foote is a well-recognized Canadian film critic/historian who has been an active critic for 30 years. His deep love for the movies began at a very young age. He began his career as co-host of the popular TV show Reel to Real where he remained for nine years. While on TV he began dabbling in education, eventually ascending to Director of the Toronto Film School, where he also taught film history. After leaving the college to care for his wife, he returned to teaching at Humber College where he taught both Film History and Method Acting Theory. John has written two books: “Clint Eastwood – Evolution of a Filmmaker” and the upcoming “Spielberg – American Film Visionary”. He is currently working on two books, one about the films of the seventies and another on the films of Martin Scorsese. Through his career he has worked in TV, radio, print and the web. John has interviewed everyone in the industry (more than 300 interviews) except Jack Nicholson, he says sadly. Highlights include Martin Scorsese, Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep Robert Duvall, Jane Fonda, Francis Ford Coppola and Kathryn Bigelow.