Political strategist Dominic Cummings is providing the British public with some cracking lockdown drama. The quirky, defiant outsider is turning parliament into the Corleone family. There's in-fighting, underhanded tactics and questionable behaviour.

The whole of the UK is caught up in how the dilemma will turn out. It could be that Brits are actually interested in this babble and hypocrisy. Or it could be something to do with the fact nothing new is grabbing our attention. The film industry is on pause. Gone are the days are of special effects, stunts and stories to keep us entertained.

Here are some of the films delayed due to Covid-19.


A Quiet Place Part II

The follow-up to the American horror flick A Quiet Place was down for release on March 18. Now Paramount Pictures plans to release the film in theatres on September 4. The end of the summer is seen as the worst period for movie-going, however, there is a method in the studio's madness. They're hoping the pent-up desire to catch a movie after lockdown will see a surge in ticket sales. Not sure a dark room watching a screen will be people's go-to place after a stint of isolation.


(F9) Fast and Furious 9

The ninth instalment of the Fast & Furious franchise was down for release in the United States on May 22. On March 12, however, Universal Pictures pushed the date back by a year to April 2, 2021. Interesting fact: stuntman Joe Watts was badly hurt during filming on July 22, 2019. The accident - described as a 'serious head injury' after a major fall - saw the production shut down at Warner Brothers' Leavesden Studios as Watts was airlifted to the Royal London Hospital.

Top Gun: Maverick

Tom Cruise reprises his iconic role Captain Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell. Now he's a test pilot and flight instructor for the United States Navy. Impressive for a man close to 60. After a number of pushbacks, the film had a final release date of June 24 but Covid-19 has seen that delayed to December 23. Sales for Ray-Bans spiked 40 per cent when the 1986 Top Gun premiered, so expect to see hordes of people wearing the shades this winter.


No Time To Die


Talk of James Bond is usually about who will follow after Daniel Craig. Perhaps Michael Fassbender? Richard Madden? Sam Heughan? A safe bet would apparently be Tom Hardy...or a woman. Or Tom Hardy as a woman. Whatever the case No Time To Die is Craig's fifth and final outing as the MI6 agent. After a few setbacks, including the departure of Danny Boyle as director, the film was finally scheduled for April. On March 4, however, MGM and Eon Productions announced that after 'thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace' they had postponed the film's release until November 12.
June 27, 2020 — Alex Swan