In Laman's Terms is a weekly editorial column where Douglas Laman rambles on about certain topics or ideas that have been on his mind lately. Sometimes he's got serious subjects to discuss, other times he's just got some silly stuff to shoot the breeze about. Either way, you know he's gonna talk about something In Laman's Terms!
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has been going on for nine months now. Nine months. While vaccines are on the horizon, it'll still be months until anything even resembling normalcy arrives, if it ever comes. Under such conditions, movie studios have spent much of the pandemic sending big theatrical titles like Soul or The Trial of the Chicago 7 to streaming services. Sometimes, it can feel like everything's headed to streaming or premium video-on-demand. Of course, that's not true. In fact, Hollywood has opted to just delay theatrical release dates for a large number of movies. Some of these, like Black Widow or Candyman, make sense. But others are truly baffling, like the five movies covered in this In Laman's Terms column. How did the new PIXAR movie get sent to streaming before these five titles once set to grace 2020 screens? Let's look at these five titles and the reasons they still haven't been dumped onto Hulu or Amazon.
(Note: all speculation over why these movies haven't gone to streaming is just that: speculation)