Senior HTF Member
- Jul 31, 2003
Here is a teaser poster.
I agree with that much.It will be delayed
I think they'll actually just bump it back a whole year to December 2021. This finished filming around fall 2019 but they dated it originally for December 2020 to give it an Oscar season launching pad. They'll want to maintain that. Plus, Warner Bros. is already going next June with In the Heights, another big musical film featuring a largely Latinx cast. It would be wise not to have those in the marketplace at the exact same time because the potential audience overlap is pretty much 100%. it would be smarter for Disney to let In the Heights go first and then cut a trailer for West Side Story to go out with it. That would almost certainly have happened this year if COVID was not a thing and In the Heights had been able to stick to its original release date this June. I think it will still happen next year instead.till next summer.
Yes I doubt any big film will open in theaters until next year.In news that is West Side Story adjacent, Rachel Ziegler posted a new video on YouTube of her covering the song "Valarie." Just as a sample of the voice we're all going to hear when this movie comes out, here's that. I think she is fantastic.
Of note, she still mentions the December 18 release date for West Side Story at the end of the video shortly after reminding people to "not go out unless you absolutely have to." I understand why she would say both things, because Disney has yet to move the film and of course she wants to help promote it. But those two messages seem contradictory. We'll see if that release date sticks. I would not be surprised at all if it moves and hope it does.
They have not started an ad campaign for the movie yet. If it were going to come out this year, that would have to start soon. The fact that it hasn't makes it more likely to be delayed.Still no official word about when this will be released. I assume December 18th is not realistic.
No, they don't. This is a situation where the interests of the theaters (having new product as soon as possible) and the studios (holding their big movies until the pandemic is over so they can make normal amounts of money) diverge. It is absolutely possible that the studios will continue to delay films as long as this drags on.Still if theaters remain open they have to put something in them.
You hit the nail on the head there. Until there is a vaccine widely available, which we can only hope for next year, a lot of people are going to take that view, which will automatically depress grosses for anything that the studios decide to put out. It's not even about capacity limits; in the incidences where I've checked my local theater's seating charts, Tenet has only been selling two or three or four tickets per showing. Sometimes it's zero. So they aren't even brushing up against capacity limits in any given auditorium. People just aren't showing up.The answer of course is no film is.
WEST SIDE STORY is a rare film that will not need any advance publicity,trailers etc. .To me it is the most eagerly awaited American film of the year (and the only one so far). It is irrelevant to me when it will finally be released. One must be patient as it will eventually be released. No sense in guessing when that will be.We are now 125 days away from the stated release date for West Side Story. There has been no marketing for it yet. No trailer, no poster, no TV spots.
If it is going to stick to that date, Disney would probably need to unveil a trailer pretty soon.
The longer they go without beginning a marketing campaign, the more likely it becomes that the film will be delayed. This is what I want to happen, because I want to be able to see this film in theaters after a vaccine has been found.
What?WEST SIDE STORY is a rare film that will not need any advance publicity,trailers etc.
I think this movie will actually need quite a bit of publicity. An older crowd will likely come out to see a musical but they'll want everyone to see it and they'll need to sell their cast, Spielberg, etc. to get more than just the built in audience.What?
Of course it will need publicity. All films need publicity.
If the film is released post-coronavirus, I agree with this. If Disney is stupid enough to put it out too soon, no way in hell.An older crowd will likely come out to see a musical
Just because we are anticipating it does not mean that the general public shares our enthusiasm for, or even awareness of, this project. I expect the promotional campaign to be aggressive, as is usually the case with films Disney believes in. The fact that it has not started yet all but ensures that this will be delayed -- and it should.To me it is the most eagerly awaited American film of the year (and the only one so far).
Well, if you're interested in seeing it, then it's very relevant to you when that will be. It sounds like you want it to come out at a time when it will be safe to go see it in the theater. Based on the box office results for the films currently in release, most people in the United States at least agree that that time is not now.It is irrelevant to me when it will finally be released.