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Ryan Reynolds' 'Free Guy' is On Hold Indefinitely

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Ryan ReynoldsFree Guy is on hold indefinitely.

Disney is pulling both Deaths on the Nile and Ryan Reynolds’ Free Guy from this December 2020 release. As a result, Disney will not have a major theatrical release in 2020.

Both films were set to open in December but now are on hold indefinitely. Free Guy was supposed to hit theaters on December 11th, and Death on the Nile was set to hit theaters on December 18th.

Disney still has Nomadland, which stars Frances McDormand, to hit theaters on December 4th. The next movie to hit theaters is 20th Century Fox’s The King’s Man, which will hit theaters on February 12th.

The 2020 box office is facing a massacre that theater owners may never fully recover. Several hit movies, not only Disney productions, have been pushed back into 2021 or released directly on streaming.

Free Guy stars Ryan Reynolds, who discovers he’s a non-player character in a violent video game that breaks free and attempts to free himself from the game.

Death of the Nile is the sequel to the Murder on the Orient Express and stars Gal Gadot and Armie Hammer in a movie based on the Agatha Christie novel.

This news comes after Disney announces several dozen layoffs. The Coronavirus COVID-19 is hitting Disney and forcing the company to lay dozens and eliminate hundreds of open positions.

Disney is laying off more employees. As the Coronavirus continues to hit the American economy, Disney is laying off more than 50 employees in the studio’s marketing group, the New York-based theatrical division, and Searchlight pictures. Several hundred open positions were also eliminated.

According to Variety, six people at Searchlight Pictures, the indie production company owned by Fox, were laid off. ESPN, which is also owned by Disney, announced they are laying off 500 positions to open up resources for steaming, digital, and video departments.

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