Mulan: Disney Unschedules Movie; Pushes Back Avatar and Star Wars

Disney Unschedules ‘Mulan,’ Pushes Back ‘Avatar’ and ‘Star Wars’ Films a Year


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The moves come as the vast majority of cinemas in the U.S. remain closed.

Disney has taken Mulan off the theatrical release calendar amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and surge in cases across the U.S.

The adventure epic, directed by Niki Caro, had been set to hit on August 21. Presently, however, the vast majority of cinemas in the U.S. remain closed. Mulan had previously been set to open in late March and then was pushed to July 24.

Disney didn’t provide further comment regarding Mulan‘s fate beyond saying that the live-action adventure epic was being undated. While the company has been a champion of the theatrical experience, it is also investing heavily in its new streaming service, Disney+.

“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,” a Disney spokesperson said in a statement.

Mulan was among numerous changes made to Disney’s release calendar. All currently scheduled Avatar and Star Wars films being delayed by a year. Avatar 2 will now open in December 2022 instead of December 2021.

Other notable changes are below:

The Personal History of David Copperfield (Searchlight) moves two weeks to August 28, 2020.

Death on the Nile (20th Century) shifts two weeks to Oct. 23, 2020.

The Empty Man (20th Century) moves to Dec. 4, 2020.

The French Dispatch (Searchlight), previously dated Oct. 16, 2020, is now unset.

Antlers (Searchlight) is now dated Feb. 19, 2021.

Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel (20th Century) will now open wide on October 15, 2021. It was originally scheduled for limited release on Christmas Day 2020 prior to a January 2021 expansion.

An Untitled Disney Live Action film is now scheduled for Dec. 17, 2021, a date previously held by Avatar 2.