If you can believe it, Disney has just announced that it has pulled Mulan from its 2020 release calendar. With the coronavirus still a major problem in the United States and movie theaters increasingly looking like they won’t be opening this year, Disney has indefinitely delayed the live-action remake of its 1998 animated classic to wait out the storm.
Speaking to press, a Disney spokesperson said, “Over the last few months, it’s become clear that nothing can be set in stone when it comes to how we release films during this global health crisis, and today that means pausing our release plans for Mulan as we assess how we can most effectively bring this film to audiences around the world.”
If that wasn’t enough of a disappointment for you, the upcoming Avatar and Star Wars sequels have also received a year delay each. It’s kind of hilarious how many times Avatar 2 has been pushed back, but the continued adventures of Jake Sully and Neytiri won’t be starting up until December 2022. Whatever the next Star Wars film is called is now primed for a December 2023 release. The sequels will then alternate years up until 2028 (kill me).
The silver lining here is that a few of Disney’s releases are still gearing up for this year. The New Mutants may stop being the whipping boy of the X-Men franchise and is on track for an August 28, 2020, release. Pixar’s Soul is also primed for a November 20, 2020, release. Finally, the Ryan Reynold’s starring Free Guy is signing-in for a December 11, 2020, date and might be the first film to actually get released this year.
I’m more surprised that Disney even intends to keep these films on the schedule, but what can you do? Mulan should just release overseas in theaters and come to Disney+ in domestic territories. That would make more sense than continuously pushing it back into infinity and beyond.