As the Omicron variant is cause for concern in many parts of the world, with many award ceremonies either postponed or canceled, including the Governors Awards which delayed its event to another indefinite date amid a spike in the United States, it was inevitable that more movies would get delayed to a later date.
We’ve already reported that six movies were getting delayed due to Omicron concerns. Shortly after that article was published, Scott Derrickson‘s The Black Phone was going to be released on February 4, but it’s now coming out on June 24. Now it seems that, on the day The Matrix Resurrections releases, Lionsgate is moving the highly-anticipated John Wick: Chapter 4 from May 27, 2022, to March 24, 2023.
It’s absolutely no surprise that more movies have gotten delayed, even if Spider-Man: No Way Home is poised to be the first billion-dollar box-office hit of the COVID-19 pandemic, clearly showing an appetite for the theatrical market. Of course, that is if cinemas in your area are open. As the box office will closely be analyzed over the next two to three weeks, we should get an idea on whether or not more tentpoles will be moving for a later date, once the Omicron surge is over.
Lionsgate released a video on their YouTube channel announcing the delay, which you can watch below: