Geek Movie News is beginning to emerge post-COVID lockdown, and it's time to round it up!

Disney is heading into uncharted waters by attaching Margot Robbie as the lead in their newest Pirates of the Caribbean movie according to EW. Both Robbie and Birds of Prey writer Christina Hodson have signed on to the movie which is in early stages of development. This will presumably be the first Pirates movie without Johnny Depp playing Captain Jack Sparrow, who had been the franchise's main box office draw up to the last movie in 2017 (see "'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' Trailer"), and Robbie assuming a lead role represents quite a change for the Pirates brand.    

Disney also announced that the Mulan live action movie, rescheduled for July 24 (see "Best in Shows Q3 2020"), has now been booted even further down the road to August 21. This movie was originally set to release on March 27, but COVID-19 essentially wrecked most of Hollywood's Q2 schedule (see "'Mulan' Moved "). 

Paramount and Nickelodeon's The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run is skipping theaters according to Variety.  It wall originally slated for a May 22 release, but then it got pushed back to August 7 (see "Best in Shows Q3 2020"), and now, the movie is off to an On-Demand release followed by a stint streaming exclusively on CBS All Access.

MGM has pushed Bill & Ted Face the Music off to avoid opening against Christopher Nolan's Tenet according to Variety.  The long-awaited return of Bill S. Prestion, Esq. and "Ted" Theodore Logan to the big screen will have to wait till August 28. Recently, Dark Horse announced a prequel comic miniseries for the new movie (see "Dark Horse Comics Announces Prequel Miniseries to 'Bill and Ted Face the Music' ").

Joel Schumacher, one of Hollywood's top directors in from the 90's, passed away on June 22 at the age of 80. Geek Movie fans will always remember him as man who directed Batman Forever and the less fondly-remembered Batman and Robin,  starring George Clooney as Batman and Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze (see " A Dark Knight on Broadway").

20th Century Fox released a trailer for The King's Man, a prequel movie in the Kingsman franchise (see " 'Kingsman' "). It will release into theaters on September 18, and the trailer is included in the tweet below.