Walt Disney Co on Thursday postponed the debut of its movie Mulan indefinitely, dealing a brand new blow to theatre operators that had been relying on the live-action epic to assist appeal to audiences throughout a pandemic. ViacomCBS Inc’s Paramount Pictures additionally said Top Gun: Maverick, the much-awaited sequel to the Tom Cruise-starring Top Gun, has been delayed to July 2, 2021 from December 23, 2020.
Mulan was scheduled to succeed in theatres in March however its release has been postponed a number of times as many cinemas stay closed. The movie had most just lately been set to debut on Aug. 21 and theatre operators had hoped it will assist spark a late-summer rebound for movie-going.
Disney additionally said it had delayed the following movie installments from two of its greatest franchises, Avatar and Star Wars, by one year because the novel coronavirus has disrupted manufacturing. The Avatar sequel is now set to debut in theatres in December 2022, and the following Star Wars movie in December 2023.
“It’s become clear that nothing can be set in stone when it comes to how we release films during this global health crisis,” a Disney consultant said. “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.”
The Mulan delay follows Warner Bros determination to postpone the August release of Christopher Nolan thriller Tenet. The two movies had been seen as theatres’ best probability to salvage a part of the profitable summer season season.
The AMC and Cineworld movie theater chains on Thursday pushed back the reopening date for his or her U.S. theatres to at the least mid-August from the tip of July. The Avatar delay additionally removes one among subsequent year’s greatest films.
The follow-up to James Cameron’s 2009 blockbuster that’s the second highest-grossing movie of all time, Avatar 2 had confronted quite a few delays even earlier than the coronavirus outbreak. At one time it had been expected to succeed in theatres in 2014.
Disney has not launched details on the following Star Wars movie.