Disney removes Mulan from schedule and pushes back Avatar & Star Wars

Saturday, 25 Jul, 2020

Currently, no new release date has been set for the blockbuster.

The pandemic is also forcing Hollywood executives to rethink their strategies, with blockbuster films possibly being released first outside of the USA and mid-budget movies going online, the Financial Times reported.

They were initially meant to come out in four alternate Decembers - 2021, 2023, 2025 and 2027 - but each has been postponed by one year. "What most of you likely don't know is that the pandemic is still preventing us from being allowed to recommence most of our virtual production work on stage in Los Angeles". Cameron previously expressed his confidence that COVID-19 wouldn't derail Avatar 2's 2021 release date.

Cameron added, "There is no one more disappointed about this delay than me. That work is just as critical to the films as the live-action work".

Other film studios including Warner Bros have also pushed back film releases as lockdown measures earlier in the year forced the closure of cinemas across the world. Caving to reality, the live-action remake of the animated classic has now been delayed indefinitely. The theatrical release has now been listed as "unset", meaning we have no clue when it could head to the cinemas.

Liu Yifei in the delayed film Mulan.

That means, at minimum, we won't get a new Star Wars movie for at least three years, the longest break since Disney began releasing new Star Wars movies with 2015's The Force Awakens.

"The French Dispatch" (Searchlight), previously dated October 16, 2020, is now unset.

Disney also announced that the release schedule for future installments of the "Star Wars" and "Avatar" sagas has been pushed back by a year. The first of those films will now arrive in late 2023.

With a production budget of $200 million, it is the most expensive film ever made by a female director.

But now Disney has removed the film from the calendar altogether citing uncertainties around when movie theaters might be able to re-open.