Audiences Wait as COVID-19 Causes Project Production to be Pushed into the New Year

Written by Aidan Leahy and Megan Murphy

Thanks to 2020, some of the most exciting forms of entertainment have been delayed. But with 2021 just around the corner, movies and music are making a comeback!

With the ongoing struggles from the COVID-19 pandemic, all forms of entertainment have been impacted. Projects such as Dune, Stranger Things, Euphoria, and Soul have been postponed from their planned release dates. Music artists have been forced to cancel or delay tours and promotion opportunities. Senior Claire Gieseman says, “I was most upset when the Harry Styles concert I was supposed to go to got postponed until next year.” These film and production delays come at a risk. Senior Ana Bibic says, “The delays could cause the project to lose their audience due to people forgetting about it.” 

Fans were frustrated after hearing about the postponement of the fourth season of the supernatural series, Stranger Things, to 2021. It wasn’t until October that the cast was finally able to start recording episodes again. Some people believe that these delays will give the writers of movies and TV shows extra time for rewrites and to perfect their scripts, while others are not so sure. Gieseman says, “The delays may negatively affect the project since some actors on the show live in the United Kingdom, which means the coronavirus may prevent them from being able to be in the season, or it will just get pushed back even more.” The producers of Stranger Things have announced little about the upcoming season, leaving their fans skeptical of the outcome. 

Stranger Things isn’t the only show awaiting a new season. The American crime drama series, Prodigal Son, is expected to release its second season as soon as January 2021. Sophomore Maggie Walsh says, “The episodes always end on a cliffhanger leaving you wanting more, so I always gotta watch the next and then the next.”

Throughout quarantine, many missed seeing their favorite stars on the big screen. With the upcoming Netflix original, Don’t Look Up, set to be released in 2021, it’s a guarantee that you’ll find an actor or actress who you love. The cast includes stars such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Timothée Chalamet, Meryl Streep, Ariana Grande, Jonah Hill and many more. Unlike previously released shows that already have an eager audience, Don’t Look Up is a new film that is able to have a flexible schedule when it comes to following safety precautions. While the public doesn’t know too much about the upcoming movie, it is a great way to start the new year and bring back a sense of normality. 

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Singer Harry Styles announcing the postponement of his North American tour. Photo provided by Instagram