Our ancestors must be pretty disappointed with us. Disney's Mulan live-action remake has been indefinitely postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the latest in a series of planning spurts in March. Today's Disney news follows earlier announcements of delays for the much-anticipated Tenet, Avatar 2 and Star Wars untitled. Avatar 2 is now scheduled to be released in December 2022, while Star Wars is scheduled for December 2023. New release dates for Mulan and Tenet have not been announced.
"It has become clear that nothing can be set in stone when it comes to how we release films during this global health crisis," said a Disney representative. "Today this means halting our Mulan release plans as we examine how we can most effectively make this film available to audiences around the world." It also follows that with Disney, which relies on Mulan's success at the Chinese box office until the theaters in the Middle Kingdom open, the release of the film will remain in the air.
We don't know what the long-term impact of these delays and cancellations will be on the theater industry as a whole, but this could mean a significant shift to on-demand and digital feature film debuts. Despite severe spikes in the US, AMC plans to reopen its theaters in dozens of states. A representative of the theater chain said it was planning to reopen "mid to late August," an estimate that may seem doubtful, especially given the film delay announced today.
Stay safe out there, everyone. Wear a mask: don't shame your family.
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