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Mulan release delayed to late August due to ongoing coronavirus concerns


Story by Jack Foley

DISNEY has taken the decision to delay the release of Mulan until August 21, 2020, due to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic.

Director Niki Caro’s live-action adaptation of the classic animated adventure had been due to be among the first blockbusters to hit cinemas post-lockdown, on July 24. But with cases of COVID-19 surging again in California and a handful of other states, Disney has opted to buy itself more time and not take any risks.

The company is also delaying next month’s planned reopening of Disneyland in Anaheim.

It is not yet known whether the date will also be revised for its UK release – which had also been July. But the expectation is that UK audiences – where the virus is currently deemed to be under control – will have to wait a little longer too.

Alan Horn and Alan Bergman, co-chairman of Walt Disney studios, commented: “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.”

The Mulan shift came soon after Warner Bros. decision to similarly delay Christopher Nolan’s Tenet again, this time from July 31 to August 12.

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