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Disney on Thursday announced the postponement of their Chinese live-action Mulan movie to an indefinite release date, which also affects the release dates of their upcoming Avatar and Star Wars films amidst the COVID-19 pandemic global health crisis.
The ongoing coronavirus virus keeps affecting the usual daily activities around the world. The movie entertainment industry has been hit by the global health crises as most films are forced to either release on digital or have their release dates postponed at one point or the other. The postponement of most movies' release dates is no more news, and Disney's decision to push back the release date of their high budget Mulan movie should be understandable.
The Niki Caro's remake of the 1998 animation film based on famous Chinese folklore, "The Ballad of Mulan," earlier scheduled to hit the movie theaters on August 21, 2020. After being previously postponed twice from the original release date, March 27, 2020, it now has an unset release date. Many fans around the world will have to wait for no specific time yet to see the much anticipated Mulan film.
As gotten from entertainment weekly, a spokesman from Walt Disney Studios said in a statement that;
“Over the last few months, it’s become clear that nothing can be set in stone when it comes to how we release films during this global health crisis, and today that means pausing our release plans for Mulan as we assess how we can most effectively bring this film to audiences around the world”.
The postponement of the Mulan movie by Disney has also affected the planned release dates of two other big projects by the studio: the Avatar and the Star Wars sequels. The Avatar 2 movie earlier slated to release December 2021 now has its release date shifted till December 2022, which has also given new dates to the following sequels. Avatar 3 now has a new release date of December 20, 2024, Avatar 4, a new release date of December 18, 2026, and Avatar 5 has a new release date of December 22, 2028.
On July 23, 2020, James Cameron used the twitter account dedicated to the Avatar movie to reach out to the fans that the COVID-19 pandemic did not only force them to stop filming in New Zealand. It also put a halt to most of their virtual production works in Los Angeles.
The three untitled upcoming Star Wars movies now have their release dates pushed by one year each and are currently scheduled for releases in December 2023, 2025, and 2027.
Wes Anderson's The French Dispatch also shared the same fate as Mulan as Disney also postponed the movie indefinitely from its initial October 16, 2020 release date.
Other movies that have their release postponed by Disney include the biographical film The Personal History of David Copperfield starring Dave Patel, which now has a new release date of August 28, 2020. The historical drama movie by Ridley Scott titled The Last Duel, starring Ben Affleck, Jodie Comer, Matt Damon, and Adam Driver, also now has a new release date of October 15, 2021, from its initial December 2020 release.
The Kenneth Branagh's Hercule Poirot mystery-solving movie, Death on the Nile, was later slated to release on October 9, 2020, now its release date shifted by two weeks till October 23, 2020. Likewise, the anticipated horror film, Antlers earlier slated for an April release, now has a new release date of February 19, 2021. The horror movie, The Empty Man, was not left out as it now owns a new release date of December 4, 2020.
Disney's superhero film, much known for its frequent postponements, The New Mutants, however, still has its release date set for August 28, 2020, after series of delays from its original 2018 release date.