Despite the massive success of Sonic The Hedgehog in only its first two weeks of release. Paramount’s China office has released an official statement revealing that they are now postponing the Chinese release of Sonic The Hedgehog due to the Coronavirus outbreak that has taken China by storm.
Sonic The Hedgehog is not the first American film to be pulled from its Chinese release window nor is it the only American film facing any potential delay in release. Disney’s upcoming live-action Mulan remake could also be facing a postponed release despite Disney being committed to releasing the film worldwide as initially planned. Additionally, MGM has also canceled its upcoming China world premiere and press tour for 007: No Time To Die; also due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
Other films also facing delays or setbacks are Disney/Pixar’s Onward who’s Korean and Taiwan release dates have been pushed back to April 2020. Earlier today Paramount confirmed that Mission Impossible 7’s Venice shoot has also been shut down due to the Coronavirus becoming a much bigger threat in Italy.
Here is Paramount’s official statement regarding Sonic The Hedgehog’s postponed release:
Due to the current coronavirus situation, the China release date of the film Sonic the Hedgehog will be postponed, and we will re-announce the new release date at a later time. Sonic will only be slowing down his pace temporarily, and we look forward to bringing him zooming onto the big screen in China once it is appropriate to do so. As the whole country and world unite together to fight the outbreak of coronavirus, we would like to express our gratitude and respect to all the medical staff, the rescue personnel, and people in service who provide us with much-needed assistance and support during this time.
Sonic The Hedgehog is now playing in theaters everywhere.