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That’s not the case. Cinemas across the UK were shut in November and a few were afforded the opportunity to open for a week or so in Dec when restrictions were eased before going into Tier 4.
This all depends on how the vaccine roll-out goes globally, and any new strains of the virus appearing, not just in the UK. If most of the planet have not been vaccinated by then (which is very likely), and many countries are still in various forms of lockdowns, there is no way MGM will release it in October, just for the UK market only.
I've already accepted NTTD will not be released this year, so I won't be facing any more disappointment when October arrives.
Really? Wow, I'm really losing track of when lockdowns have been on and off this past year. All I know is, I feel like we are living in Groundhog Day, over and over and over again.
I don’t see them releasing it after a 1.5 year delay with restrictions still part of the cinema experience. If that happens, it means they literally have no other choice.
'Simply being realistic' about Covid suppression
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said that, with the support of vaccines and new treatments, Covid-19 will become a " treatable disease" that we "have to live with, like we do flu".
But there are experts who warn we are still "a long way" from being able to treat the virus as we do flu - with mutations getting "more dangerous" and "more infectious"
Dr Richard Horton has suggested it would up to four years to build up sufficient levels of immunity in the population, but agreed we can't live under restrictive measure indefinitely.
BBC Health Correspondent Nick Triggle says it's simply about being realistic:
"Covid isn't something that can be eradicated like smallpox.
"Temporary suppression, which is essentially what countries like New Zealand have done, is about protecting people in the short-term. Unless they keep their borders shut forever, it cannot work long-term.
"Vaccines mean immunity builds up and, at the very least, should stop most people falling seriously ill.
"There will be an ongoing challenge of keeping up with a virus that will mutate - although this is likely to be less difficult than it seems as coronaviruses tend to be much more stable than flu, for which different strains circulate every year.
"But we should never again see the levels of deaths we have.
"Thousands will still die in winters to come. But each year this should lessen until it gets near to the levels of mortality we see with flu - something which society readily accepts."
Still thinking things will be normal any time soon anyone....?
I saw WW84 in the theater in late December in Ireland.We went into tier 5 after christmas and then the theaters closed.
Normal would be, when a couple of thousands die each winter like with the flu.
But right now a couple of thousands die each week, in some countries each day.
But compared with the flu more people will get vaccinated. So the death rate could go below the flu-death-rate.
There's now a so-called "escape mutation" called E484K that escapes some of the vaccines available so far.
I don't think anyone now seriously is thinking cinemas will be fully back open again this year.
Look at the math.
President Biden has increased the number of vaccines in the US. The projection today (which could change) is that the general public should be vaccinated by late summer.
If you start your vaccine in August, you will have your greatest immunity protection by October. (Two doses are given 3-4 weeks apart, and then you need two weeks to build up immunity. That's a total of six weeks. If it's one dose, then it's faster.)
IF all the people who want to be vaccinated are vaccinated by October, AND those people feel comfortable being out and about, in the major release countries, I can see them releasing NTTD in theaters in October. (Don't get me started on the anti-vaxxers. Presumably they're comfortable being out and about already and will go to see NTTD, unless theaters require some sort of "immunity passport.")
Raise your hands if you ever thought you would need a "passport" to see a Bond film.
I'd imagine this idea would only really get wide traction after the September deadline by which every adult will have been offered the vaccine. Just in time for this...
More businesses should do this.
When everyone have been offered the vaccine, you don't have to control the audience.
People that don't want to get the vaccine should not be excluded from events. It's their own risk to go.
Because the EU were slow in ordering the vaccines and then blamed every man and his dog for it apart from themselves.
Not so fast! Half the people who received a vaccine so far in the UK got the Oxford one which seems pretty ineffective against the South African variant. The UK might be in big trouble.
Still think your prediction that life will be fully back to normal by Easter, and that `NTTD will be screened to audiences in packed theaters in Europe, North America, Japan, Australia in October'?
I should take a large bet with you. It would be the easiest money I would ever get. ;)
Funny, I had the same reaction to his post.
We should all take a bet with him. The poor guy will be broke by October... :))
That week was freed up as Dune moved forward to September 15-17 outside the US (where it's still October 1 with HBO Max same day, and NTTD on October 8)
Technically not! The planned US release last November moved forward 5 days from the 25th to the 20th.
Aha! Better and better.
All adults in the UK to be offered vaccination by 31st July.
EU too slow to order.