The Avatar delay also removes one of 2021's biggest movies.
He started off by saying "I see you" in Na'vi, the official language of Pandora and then went on to say that they are now filming in New Zealand, but the pandemic is preventing them to do virtual production work on their stages in Los Angeles.
Just when you thought things might be crawling back to something resembling normality, along comes another gut punch of film scheduling changes.
The movie was filmed in China and New Zealand from August through November 2018 and was originally scheduled to bow this March 27.
Director James Cameron arrived back in New Zealand at the end of May to resume production on the sequels after it was suspended over the pandemic.
But with scores of film delays and theaters being far from reopening as the health crisis resurges in the USA, that's looking more and more unlikely.
As for the next installments in the Star Wars franchise, CNBC reported that the latest film is slated to arrive on December 22, 2023.
"Over the last few months, it's become clear that nothing can be set in stone when it comes to how we release films during this global health crisis", Burbank, California-based Disney said Thursday in a statement. Once the COVID-19 outbreak necessitated the shutdown of all unessential businesses, the film's release was pushed to July 24, and finally August 21.
Disney had decided in early April to push back a dozen Marvel films, including "Black Widow", starring Scarlett Johansson. Warner Bros.is certain however that Tenet will not be released on VOD as the theater-going experience is integral to the film.