The global release of the second installment of the blockbuster science fiction-horror film "A Quiet Place" has been postponed amid concerns over the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), its producer Paramount Pictures said on Friday, March 13.
"A Quiet Place" Part II, which stars Emily Blunt and Cillian Murphy, was supposed to roll out internationally on March 18, with a U.K. debut scheduled on March 19 and a North American release set on March 20.
"After much consideration, and in light of the ongoing and developing situation concerning coronavirus and restrictions on global travel and public gatherings, Paramount Pictures will be moving the worldwide release of 'A Quiet Place' Part II," Paramount Pictures said in a statement.
"We believe in and support the theatrical experience, and we look forward to bringing this film to audiences this year once we have a better understanding of the impact of this pandemic on the global theatrical marketplace," it added.
John Krasinski, who starred in the first installment of "A Quiet Place" and directed its sequel, also released his own statement, saying, "One of the things I’m most proud of is that people have said our movie is one you have to see all together. Well due to the ever-changing circumstances of what’s going on in the world around us, now is clearly not the right time to do that. As insanely excited as we are for all of you to see this movie, I’m gonna wait to release the film till we CAN all see it together! So here’s to our group movie date! See you soon!”
Ticketholders are advise to contact their theatre or ticketing service for more information about refunds.
"A Quiet Place II", which follows Emily's character as she fights for her children's survival in total silence, joins the number of movie releases that have been delayed due to concerns on COVID-19, including the latest James Bond film "No Time To Die", the ninth installment in the "Fast and Furious" franchise, and Sony Pictures' animation "Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway".
As of Monday, the World Health Organization global dashboard counts more than 106,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 from 103 countries.