In a report from the Independent UK, it seems that Disney may be pulling the release of its live-action Mulan remake from the Chinese market. With the spread of the coronavirus becoming a growing concern in the world, Disney likely doesn’t want to cause unnecessary harm to people in the country. It also doesn’t help that over 70,000 theaters in China have closed since the disease started to spread, leading to the Chinese box-office suffering.
Paul Dergarabedian, an analyst for Comscore, told the Independent, “It [Mulan] certainly has worldwide and global appeal, but there’s no denying that this is a very important film for the Chinese market.” He then noted that not releasing the film in the region would be “a huge blow for Disney.”
As with anything, the health and safety of those involved are far more important than the release of a film. Mulan is going to be here for a long time, so there’s no need to rush it out to theaters. I anticipate seeing this getting delayed because the backlash from deaths at theaters would be far worse than losing some money during its initial run.