Disney Delays ‘Mulan’ Theatrical Release to August

As expected, Walt Disney Studios June 26 announced it is delaying for the second time the theatrical release of live-action feature film Mulan to Aug. 21 from the movie’s previously-delayed debut on July 24. The film had been originally slated for March 27.

The big-budget remake of the 1998 animated movie that generated more than $300 million at the global box office is being pushed back due to a resurgence of coronavirus infections throughout the country, notably California, Texas and Florida.

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“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,” Alan Horn, co-chairman and CCO, and Alan Bergman, co-chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, said in a joint statement.

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The delay, coupled with Warner Bros. pushing back Christopher Nolan’s international espionage thriller Tenet to Aug. 12, is another setback for major exhibitors such as AMC Theatres, Regal Cinemas and Cinemark, which have staked much of their fiscal return on re-opening screens with new content.

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