Summer movie blockbusters delayed again as Disney pushes 'Mulan' to August

Carla Harmon
June 30, 2020

Rather than release Mulan to the masses on July 24, Disney has chose to slot the remake for August 21.

While a few titles had held on to dates in mid and late July, with a couple movies to follow in August, it's become increasingly clear that audiences will either not be able to return to theaters in a few weeks - or won't want to for fear that they might get sick as coronavirus cases around the country have risen steadily.

"Director Niki Caro and our cast and crew have created a lovely, 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 statement further said. Though, as we've seen, these dates are quite tentative and it could change again depending on what happens in the coming weeks.

United Artists Releasing's Bill & Ted Face the Music also pushed back from August 14 to August 28.

While some have been hoping for a possible digital release for Mulan, Disney's Alan Horn and Alan Bergman reiterated in a joint statement that they fully intend on bringing the film to the biggest screens imaginable.

Disney are still committed to releasing "Mulan" in cinemas, rather than releasing directly onto Premium Video On Demand, like Universal has been doing.

Mulan reportedly cost Disney $200 million to produce, and is suspected to garner up to $1 billion in the first month.

Mulan is set to release August 21, while Tenet is due to arrive August 12. A pair of smaller movies are still on deck to debut in July in the form of the Russell Crowe thriller Unhinged, as well as The Broken Hearts Gallery, a rom-com produced by Selena Gomez.

The industry is hoping for mass openings in July, when nationwide chains AMC Entertainment, Cinemark and Cineworld's Regal Cinemas are scheduled to be back in business. The months-long closure has hit the exhibition side of the movie business particularly hard.

The delay of Mulan puts it in theaters just a little over a week after Tenet. This news was previously reported by Variety.

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