UK Cinemas Are Pissed At Disney Following Their Decision To Release ‘Mulan’ On Demand

Cinemas across the world were hoping Disney would continue with the release of ‘Mulan‘ later this year, in hopes it would bring people back to the theater.

Mulan along with Christopher Nolan’s Tenet‘ film were being viewed as potential saviors for the theater business as they try to convince people to return following months of closure, due to the coronavirus.

But now, they will no longer have Mulan to count on. UK Cinemas were reportedly blindsided this week after Disney announced they were taking Mulan directly to their Disney+ streaming service.

It’ll be released on September 4, but it won’t be included in your subscription. You’ll have to pay an extra $30 to rent it.

‘It’s a f*ck you to exhibitors,’ one operator put it succinctly today. The Disney UK team are understood to have been somewhat blindsided themselves and sympathetic to their theatrical partners, with Director of Theatrical Sales Craig Jones mailing key operators last night just prior to the announcement to say the decision was ‘not taken lightly’

Ouch. At the end of the day though, the studios hold the power currently. Obviously they still need theaters for big blockbuster releases (provided this pandemic ends) but for right now, theaters are struggling more than studios.

Studios can always make some money via on demand releases. Theaters are pretty much screwed at the moment.

Several Huge Films Just Got Pushed Back, Including Star Wars, Avatar And Mulan

The chaos surrounding the film industry continues as the coronavirus continues to surge across the country.

Many people had hoped that theaters would be reopen by now, but unfortunately it’s looking like they won’t reopen until September or October, which means more films are getting delayed.

Additionally, several films that were in production are still shutdown. This all equals to more delays.

Disney announced some major changes to their release calendar.

James Cameron’s long-delayed sequels to Avatar will now premiere every other December starting in 2022 as follows: ‘Avatar 2’ (Dec. 16, 2022), ‘Avatar 3’ (Dec. 20, 2024), ‘Avatar 4’ (Dec. 18, 2026) and ‘Avatar 5’ (Dec. 22, 2028). The second ‘Avatar’ installment, which was originally aiming to open in 2014, will debut 13 years after the first film.

Pretty damn crazy, right? By 2028, will anyone care about Avatar? I mean, does anyone really care about it now? IT’S BEEN SO LONG! Avatar 2 is going to have to blow people away with its brilliance. If it fails, I highly doubt there will be some fifth film in 2028.

In addition to the Avatar delay, Star Wars is also being pushed back one year. We don’t know what these films will be about, or which character they’ll follow, but we do know the first part of the trio won’t premiere until December 2023. It was originally scheduled for 2022.

And finally, Mulan has also been delayed. It was scheduled to hit theaters next month, but obviously that won’t be happening. A new release date has not been set, but we will keep you posted.

The good news? There are still some films scheduled to be released this winter, including West Side Story (Dec 18), Black Widow (Nov. 6), Free Guy (Dec. 11) and Pixar’s Soul on Nov. 20.

Disney Has Pushed Back The Release Date Of ‘Mulan’

Earlier this week, when life still seemed so simple, we told you that ‘Mulan‘ was on track to make $85 to $90 million during its opening weekend.

Unfortunately, the opening was scheduled for March 27, 2020. At first, Disney was going to move forward with the release, but now that the coronavirus has spread, they’re changing their mind.

It was announced on Thursday that Disney was going to push back the release date of the live-action remake.

Mulan is the latest high-profile tentpole to shift its theatrical debut as Hollywood grapples with the novel virus that’s rapidly spread across the world. On Thursday, Universal pushed ‘Fast 9’ back a year, while Paramount indefinitely shelved ‘A Quiet Place 2.’ Earlier this month, James Bond entry ‘No Time to Die’ was delayed from April until November.

No word on a new release date, but we’re sure one will be made available soon. Not that anyone is really worried about that right now.

Still though, it’s going to be interesting to see how this impacts Hollywood. If this virus is somewhat contained in a month or two, then it won’t be too much of a setback. But if this continues for 3-6 months…I don’t know.

2021 might be stacked with huge releases. Blockbuster after blockbuster, even in January!

Here We Go Again: Disney Plans To Make Live-Action ‘Pinocchio’ Movie!

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Disney has developed a bad case of Live-Action Fever, and a little bit of Tylenol isn’t going to help things. According to Deadline, the studio has provided writer Peter Hedges the chance to bring a live-action Pinocchio to the big-screen.

This news comes just a week after Disney announced plans to make live-action versions of Mulan and Winnie the Pooh. And even though we are getting a little tired of hearing about all these live-action remakes, we are excited about this Pinocchio remake.

Why? Because Peter Hedges is a brilliant writer. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, About a Boy, Dan in Real Life, Pieces of April. This man knows how to write a great movie, which is probably why Disney is trusting him with bringing Pinocchio back to life.

And we know he’s going to have a little room to play around with some ideas. Sources claim this new film will be “loosely based” on the original Pinocchio.

So, when should we expect to see this film in theaters? Not for a long time. This is the seventh live-action remake Disney has announced. We know the live-action remake of The Jungle Book will hit theaters April 15, 2016.

But after that? No one knows. We will keep you posted.

Disney Plans To Make Live-Action ‘Mulan’ Film, Get The Details Inside!

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You knew something like this was coming after the recent success of Disney’s live-action Cinderella film, which managed to get a five-star rating from our lovely movie reviewer.

Now the magical studio is developing another live-action remake, but this time they will be focusing on a warrior.

Disney plans to bring Mulan, the legendary female warrior, to the big screen.

The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Disney purchased a script from the writing team of Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek. For those who need a Mulan refresher, the 1998 version of the film centered around a young woman who disguises herself as a man in order to replace her aging father in the Chinese army and go to war.

The 1998 animated film adaption earned over $300 million worldwide and was nominated for several awards. And because of the film’s success, we have to imagine this live-action version will stick with the original story. We don’t expect any big changes.

This is a busy and exciting time for Disney. We learned last year that Beauty and the Beast is also getting a live-action remake. Emma Watson will star in the film, which is currently scheduled to be released March 17, 2017.

We will provide updates on both projects once we learn more information.