In a surprise move to no one except for those people living under rocks, Disney has decided to delay its live-action remake of Mulan to August 21st.
The delay comes in the wake of coronavirus spikes around the country, which was also the contributing factor to Warner Bros. delaying Christopher Nolan’s Tenet this week.
Walt Disney Studios co-chairman and chief creative officer, Alan Horn, and Walt Disney Studios co-chairman, Alan Bergman, spoke to THR about the delay:
“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.”
Following the same basic premise as the animated original, Mulan tells the story of a young woman disguising herself as a man to take her father place in the Imperial Army. However, this remake seems to be branching out from the original, unlike the rest of Disney’s live-action remakes. Supporting characters will be new (including the exclusion of Mushu) and the film will not be a musical.
The film was originally supposed to come out in March, but when the pandemic hit, the film was delayed to July 24th, until this new delay pushed it back even further. Disney seems set on bringing Mulan to theaters, rather than releasing is on their Disney+ streaming service, much like what they did with Artemis Fowl.
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