Recently Walt Disney has decides to postpone the release of its three major films which comes as a shock to cinema operators struggling amid the pandemic.
The new upcoming blockbusters are Avatar and Star Wars films which have been postponed by a year, while Mulan, remake of animated hit, has been removed from schedules completely.
Mulan, which is already delayed because of cinema closures, had been listed for release at the end of August.
The pandemic and gradually rise in virus cases in the US and the impact globally on film production sector forced the change.
A Disney spokesman said “It’s become clear that nothing can be set in stone when it comes to how we release films during this global health crisis”. “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.”
It had been believed that Mulan might spark a late-summer rebound in cinema-going. The Avatar sequel and next Star Wars are now set to debut in theatres in December 2022, and in December 2023.
The Mulan delay follows postpone of Christopher Nolan’s thriller Tenet which is set to release in August. Cinema owners were holding hopes on the two films to salvage part of the rewarding summer season.
Avatar 2 could have been one of next year’s biggest films. It is the second part of James Cameron’s 2009 blockbuster, which is also the second highest-grossing film of all time.
Another name in delayed Disney films is Ridley Scott’s historical thriller The Last Duel, which leads by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. That has been moved from December of this year to October 2021.