There has been rumors going on for a couple weeks now about Mulan getting a new release date, and apparently those rumors were true. Disney has officially moved the release date for the Mulan film to August, 21st from July 24th.
Disney’s CCO Alan Horn and co-chairman Alan Bergman offered the following statements:
“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. Director Niki Caro and our cast and crew have created a beautiful, epic, and moving film that is everything the cinematic experience should be, and that’s where we believe it belongs — on the world stage and the big screen for audiences around the globe to enjoy together.”
This came after the news that Warners Bros. moved the Tenet release into August as well.
Now the question is “How is this going to affect the theaters that need new releases?”
A lot of theaters are hurting and they are working with studios like Disney to put older films back up on the big screen next month. They were hoping the reruns would get people back to the theaters, or at least help them feel safer about going to new releases. Now the new releases are pushed back for another month, I hope the rerun films are enough to cover the overhead and keep the theaters going until the new films can be released.
Mulan was expected to do well in China, some would argue Disney banked heavily on that, going as far as to design the film specifically for that audience, but the theaters in China are still shut down and we have no idea when they will reopen. Maybe Disney is hoping that by pushing Mulan back here, they can stall for time with the Chinese box office too? Who knows, but Mulan is now being released late August.
Hopefully, for Disney’s sake, they don’t need to push it back any further.
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