Trolls: World Tour, The Assistant join films UK cinemas can screen
James R | On 20, Jun 2020
Trolls: World Tour and The Assistant are among a number of films released online during the coronavirus lockdown that will get a chance to play on the big screen as well when cinemas reopen in July.
Vue is aiming to open its doors again on 4th July and Cineworld (including Picturehouse) is aiming to open its doors on 10th July, with both Odeon and Showcase also targeting a to-be-confirmed July date. All will be employing new safety measures in an attempt to prevent the spread of the virus among patrons. Whether that will be enough to make film fans feel safe enough to go back to the cinema will only be seen when doors reopen, but now, the Film Distributors’ Association has confirmed the titles that will be available for cinemas to programme – ahead of the release of Mulan on 24th July and Tenet on 31st July.
Eva Green-starring space drama called Proxima is the main new title available to screen from 10th July, but there will also be a chance for cinemas to show films that were previously premiered on digital – and notably sparked disputes between Universal and exhibitors, as studios broke the traditional theatrical window to reach audiences. Trolls: World Tour was the film to ignite the long-running debate and it will be available for cinemas to screen, alongside True History of the Kelly Gang, Little Joe, Ema, The Australian Dream, The Atom: A Love Affair and The Assistant.
Other films that were released early online after their initial theatrical runs were impacted by the coronavirus outbreak will also be available for programming, including Vivarium, Misbehaviour, Military Wives, Emma, Calm with Horses and Bloodshot.
These sit in the lengthy list alongside Netflix titles, including Marriage Story, The Two Popes, Uncut Gems and The Irishman (but not including Da 5 Bloods), and MUBI titles, including Under the Silver Lake, Yves Saint Laurent: The Last Collections, Zombi Child, Madeline’s Madeline, Knife + Heart, Bacurau, Beanpole and A Dog Called Money.
Classics also available to cinemas include Casablanca, Do the Right Thing, Double Indemnity, It Happened One Night, Enter the Dragon, Harold and Maude, The Red Shoes, Roma and Roman Holiday.
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