Disney’s Mulan and Top Gun: Maverick by Paramount Pictures postponed due to mushrooming of COVID-19.
Walt Disney Co. postponed the release of Mulan indefinitely on Thursday, a new setback for theatre operators counting on live-action epic to attract the audience in this epidemic. Viacombis Inc.’s Paramount Pictures also reported that Top Gun: Maverick 2020, a sequel to the popular Tom cruise’s 1986 film Top Gun, has been delayed from December 23, 2020, to July 2, 2021.
What Happened to Mulan?
Mulan was due to hit theatres in March, but the release was postponed several times due to the closure of several cinemas. The film debuted on August 21. Theatre operators hoped this would be lead to the comeback of movie-going in the late summer. Disney says mushrooming of Coronavirus has delayed the next film installment of Disney’s biggest franchises, Avatar & Star Wars, by a year.
“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 representative 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,” he added.
Mulan’s delay follows Warner Bros.’s decision to postpone the August release of Christopher Nolan’s thriller “Tenet.” Both films were seen as an excellent opportunity to save a part of the lucrative summer. AMC and Cineworld Cinema Theatre Networks have postponed the re-opening of their US theatres from late July to mid-August. The Avatar delay removes one of the biggest movies of next year.
Avatar 2, the second highest-grossing film after James Cameron’s 2009 blockbuster, faced several delays before the Coronavirus broke out. At one point, it was expected to hit theatres in 2014.