The entertainment industry in India has been largely affected by the Coronavirus outbreak. On one hand, shooting schedules of many films have been delayed whereas, on the other hand, quite a few events have been postponed including IIFA 2020. Sadly, the scenario is pretty much the same in Hollywood as well. Yesterday, the makers of the animated movie Peter Rabbit 2 announced that the film's release has been pushed from March to August due to Coronavirus scare.
The release of James Bond movie No Time To Die, starring Daniel Craig in the lead, has been postponed to November as well. Apart from big Hollywood movies, major events and festivals are also getting affected because of the COVID 19 pandemic. The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which was supposed to take place next month, will now happen in October. Stagecoach, which is a country music festival, has also been pushed to October. Emerald City Comic Con and South by Southwest are the other two main events that have been cancelled for now.
Coming to the Cannes Film Festival, the prestigious event is happening from May 12 to 23 this year. And despite the Coronavirus outbreak, the 2020 edition is still very much on. In fact, recently the first case of Coronavirus in Nice, France was confirmed by the city's mayor and since then the festival organizers have been keeping a close watch on the situation. But no announcement regarding any cancelation or postponement of the festival has been made until now which is surprising.
However, the president of the Cannes Film Festival, Pierre Lescure, told a French publication, "We remain reasonably optimistic in the hope that the peak of the epidemic will be reached at the end of March and that we will breathe a little better in April. But we are not oblivious. If not, we will cancel."
Anyway, even if the starry event happens in May, it's hard to tell how many celebs will actually turn up at the festival. Interestingly, the Cannes Film Festival isn't covered by insurance, which means if it gets cancelled due to a government order or mandate, the organizers won't be able to claim anything. The organizers were offered insurance for pandemics but the declined the proposal as it hardly served their purpose monetary wise.