We recently reported that The Walt Disney Company confirmed that the theatrical release for the live action Mulan has been pushed back again. Originally slated for a March 27, 2020 date, and then a July 24, 2020 date, Mulan is now expected to hit theaters on August 21, 2020.
But now, according to some recent research, Disney could possibly delay Mulan once again. According to CNBC, when movie theaters reopen, they are aiming to open between two to four weeks ahead of the theatrical releases to allow time for employees to retrain and implement new safety protocols and social distancing measures. This is why Mulan has been delayed from July 24 to August 10, but with no theaters really reopening at this time, the fear is that the live action Disney film may get delayed once again.
Another take is from Doug Creutz, a Cowen analyst, who feels Disney won’t be releasing any films until 2021. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Creutz said he expects Disney won’t release any films “in fiscal year 2020”.
“We now expect domestic theaters to be largely closed until mid-2021, in part because we don’t think studios will be interested in releasing their largest movies into a capacity-constrained footprint,” he said.
More On The Live-Action Mulan
The official description for the upcoming live-action film reads:
“Acclaimed filmmaker Niki Caro brings the epic tale of China’s legendary warrior to life in Disney’s Mulan, in which a fearless young woman risks everything out of love for her family and her country to become one of the greatest warriors China has ever known. When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from Northern invaders, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. Masquerading as a man, Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must harness her inner-strength and embrace her true potential. It is an epic journey that will transform her into an honored warrior and earn her the respect of a grateful nation…and a proud father.”
We already know that the upcoming Mulan live-action film won’t be a remake of the animated film like those live-action films in the past, such as Jon Favreau’s The Lion King. This new film will be more realistic and will not include the comedy aspect (including no Mushu) or the beloved songs that we know and love (Besides the highly popular song, Reflection). In fact, director Nikki Caro said it would focus more on the Chinese culture and stated in an interview:
“We don’t tend to break into song when we go to war. Not saying anything against the animation because the songs are brilliant and if I could squeeze them in there, I would have. But we do honor the music from the animation in a very significant way, that’s all I’ll say.”
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