The Release Date of Disney's Mulan Has Been Delayed Again!

Brenda Watkins
June 27, 2020

Warner Bros released a statement on the decision for further delay.

In a move that has been anticipated for several days now, especially with the recent surge in coronavirus cases across the United States, Walt Disney Studios has chose to delay Niki Caro's Mulan almost a month from July 24 to August 21.

Roughly 780 indoor theaters now are open in the United States, according to research firm Comscore.

"While the pandemic has changed our release plans for Mulan and we will continue to be flexible as conditions require, it has not changed our belief in the power of this film and its message of hope and perseverance", said Alan Horn, co-chairman and chief creative officer, and Alan Bergman, co-chairman, The Walt Disney Studios.

Originally due to be released in March, before being delayed until July 24th, it's now currently scheduled for a cinema release on August 21st. Disney executives are expected to decide on the future of Mulan "soon", according to WSJ.

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While "Mulan" was going to be the first major Hollywood release to hit cinemas, that's looking less likely now.

The movie was originally scheduled to debut in theatres across the globe from March 26 and in the U.S. on March 27. MGM just moved Bill & Ted Face the Music from August 14 to August 28 after Tenet plopped on its release date.

According to THR, both films need theatres in LA and NY to open since they're the biggest markets in the States. Combine that with the rise of coronavirus cases around the United States, and it's simply not a good time to release new blockbusters into theaters. Of course, if most theaters can not reopen by that time, Disney may not have much of a choice in the matter. Christopher Nolan's Tenet was also scheduled to be the true kick-off to this return, but Warner Brothers. recently announced that they were delaying the release by two weeks.

The outlet also clarified that Disney have no intention of putting Mulan straight on Disney+ like Artemis Fowl or on video-on-demand.

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