12 Major Movies Likely To Be Delayed Next After Disney’s Huge Changes

Disney announced a huge change to its upcoming movie lineup, and major movies from other studios are likely to be delayed as well. The change resulted in a number of significant pushbacks for major Disney movie releases, including all of James Cameron’s remaining Avatar sequels as well as several highly-anticipated Marvel and Star Wars projects. While Disney did not elaborate on the exact reasoning for all the setbacks, they are likely the result of the ongoing WGA strike that aims for better compensation for Hollywood’s top writers.


As a leader in the entertainment industry with an enormous influence on the theatrical release strategies for other major studios, Disney’s major revision of its rollout schedule will certainly have a ripple effect throughout Hollywood. Warner Bros., Paramount, Universal, Sony, and virtually every production house and studio will eventually feel the full effect of the 2023 Writer’s Guild Strike which will ultimately force them to adjust their lineups similarly to Disney. Here are twelve of the biggest upcoming releases outside of Disney that will likely face delays in the near future.

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12 Wonka

Wonka Timothee Chalamet

Wonka, which is currently in post-production, is expected to premiere on December 15, 2023. The Warner Bros. production is set to star Timothée Chalamet as a young version of the iconic Willy Wonka character. The prequel to Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory has been in development since 2016 at Warner Bros. There have reportedly been a number of reshoots on the film as recently as February 2023, indicating that Wonka’s release date could be pushed back into 2024 if further reshoots are required.

11 Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom

jason momoa in aquaman and the lost kingdom

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, which is currently in post-production, is scheduled to be released on December 20, 2023, by Warner Bros. Aquaman 2 is set to be one of the final installments of the DC Extended Universe as imagined by Zack Snyder, with James Gunn taking over the reins on the franchise. The film had already been delayed one year from its original December 2022 release date. It’s possible that Gunn will ultimately push back the Aquaman project in order to ensure the film’s quality and success amidst the overwhelming changes to the DCU.

10 Untitled Ghostbusters Sequel

Original Ghostbusters Team in Afterlife

The untitled Ghostbusters sequel, which is currently in production, is expected to premiere on December 20, 2023. The Sony Pictures production is being held completely under wraps, with no information whatsoever being revealed bout the film’s plot, cast, or connection to the previous Ghostbusters films. With such little known about the project that is set to premiere in six months, it’s likely that the film will be delayed to allow more time for a more direct marketing campaign since it currently appears to be behind schedule.

9 El Muerto

el muerto choking spider-man in the comics.

El Muerto, which is currently in pre-production, is scheduled to debut on January 12, 2024, from Sony Pictures. The Spider-Man spinoff is expected to feature pop icon Bad Bunny in the titular role, which could create all sorts of delays due to the singer’s popularity and busy schedule. With the film still in the development stages just seven months before it is slated to debut, there’s a very good chance that the project will be delayed unless a major update arrives in the next coming weeks.

8 Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire

Godzilla x Kong The New Empire Villain Skulls

Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, which is currently in post-production, is expected to hit theaters on March 15, 2024. The Warner Bros. production appears to be on the right track with nine months to go before its highly-anticipated debut. It could, however, ultimately be pushed to summer 2024 if more theatrical availability comes about due to further delays of other major projects. If this is the case, Warner Bros. might find that Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire could be more profitable with a summer release, particularly if they are forced to postpone some of their other big 2024 releases.

7 Furiosa

Charlize Theron as Furiosa screaming

Furiosa, which is currently in post-production, is scheduled to premiere on May 24, 2024, from Warner Bros. George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road prequel starring Anya Taylor-Joy as the titular character could be affected by the WGA strike and the potential strategic revision of Warner Bros. upcoming blockbuster lineup. Furiosa is one of the most exciting and long-awaited future projects at Warner Bros which Miller has been developing for several years, so there is hope that it will still be released according to schedule.

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6 Karate Kid

Ralph Macchio Karate Kid

The current production status is unknown for the Karate Kid reboot, which is expected to release on June 7, 2024. The Sony Pictures production has not released much information about the project but has confirmed that it will feature no association with the popular martial arts Netflix series Cobra Kai. 2024 was expected to be The Karate Kid franchise’s biggest year ever, but the pause in production of Cobra Kai season 6 due to the WGA strike will likely prevent that from happening.

5 Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part Two

Tom Cruise looking up in Mission Impossible Dead Reckoning Part One

Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part Two is currently in production and is expected to release on June 28, 2024. The Paramount production was rumored to have been affected by the WGA strike, although there are conflicting reports about the truth of that notion. It is possible that Mission Impossible 8 could take a similar route to the Fast & Furious franchise and push the second half of its two-part finale to 2025. Despite the claims that the WGA strike will not affect the film’s release, production continues to be stalled.

4 Beetlejuice 2

Michael Keaton posing in Beetlejuice

Beetlejuice 2, which is currently in production, is expected to premiere on September 7, 2024, from Warner Bros. The long-awaited sequel to the original 1988 fantasy-comedy could be affected by the WGA strike if the situation is not resolved in 2023. There is hope in the fact that Beetlejuice 2 did begin filming in May 2023. As long as there are no further disruptions or major alterations to Warner Bros. rollout schedule, Beetlejuice 2 could avoid major delays without having an experienced writer on set.

3 Gladiator 2

Russell Crowe in Gladiator

Ridley Scott’s Gladiator sequel is currently in production and is scheduled for release on November 22, 2024. The Paramount production still has a long way to go until it is expected to premiere but appears to be in good shape with filming set to begin in summer 2023. Gladiator 2 was originally delayed roughly three months form its original March 2023 filming date, so there is certainly a possibility that it could be delayed even further throughout the next seventeen months.

2 Wicked

Cynthia Erivo as Elphaba in the Wicked movie

A feature film adaptation of Wicked is currently in production from Universal Pictures. It is expected to release on November 27, 2024. The film is scheduled to be the first of a two-part adaptation of the famous Broadway play. The WGA strike could certainly delay the highly-anticipated film due to the significance of the intellectual property in the screenplay, which would be difficult to complete without any writers involved. Production did begin in December 2022, but depending on the length of the strike, Wicked could be pushed back.

1 Sonic the Hedgehog 3

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Sonic the Hedgehog 3 is currently in pre-production. It is scheduled to hit theaters on December 20, 2024, via Paramount. It is likely that the film will wait out the WGA strike before beginning production which will likely delay the project depending on the strike’s duration. The potential delay for Sonic 3 could actually benefit the film in the long run with more time allowed for its development. However, like Disney, Paramount could be forced to push the movie back years into the future. This might impede other upcoming projects from major studios and create an overly-saturated theatrical movie market in 2025 and beyond.

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