Rumor: Disney To Re-Release 12 Films In Theaters Including The Empire Strikes Back


I’m filing this one under “rumor” but I think it will be confirmed soon.  According to the pop culture blog Bounding Into Comics, Disney plans on re-releasing 12 different films to theaters ahead of the start of new releases in late July.

Previously we saw something similar to this happen in Chinese theaters as well, so I do think it sounds legit.

The writer stated that they obtained a copy of an email sent from the Disney Cinema Partnerships Team that told the exhibitors they would be releasing 12 films to theaters.

Bounding Into Comics stated that the email said:

“To support exhibitors as they reopen their doors, we will be offering 3 library titles per week over the course of the next 4 weeks. Theaters have the option to play one, two or all three titles. There are no show schedule requirements.”

Here are the movies and time frames that would be offered:

June 26-July 2 Week 1

Zootopia, The Avengers and The Greatest Showman would be the options.

July 3 – July 9 Week 2

The Jungle Book (Live Action,) The Force Awakens and Deadpool

July 10- July 16 Week 3

Inside Out, Black Panther and The Empire Strikes Back

July 17- July 23 Week 4

Beauty and the Beast (live action,) Iron Man, Bohemian Rhapsody

This would roll us right into the July 24th Mulan release.

The fact that they were already doing a remastered 4K release in the U.K. further makes this sound likely. I know I would go to the theater to watch The Empire Strikes Back.

What do you think? Comment and let us know!

Source: Bounding Into Comics

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