Disney are at it again moving Pixar's Soul from June 19th to November 20th and their own Raya And The Last Dragon to March 12th 2021.
This first move, Soul, is an interesting one, Disney recently moved their tentpole picture Mulan to 24th July, I guess they are presuming cinemas will be open again by then, but by moving Soul they seem to be suggesting that things will still be on lockdown in mid June?
The move also puts the film in direct competition with Godzilla Vs. Kong, and since that film has been moved once already I suspect unfortunately that the film may well go direct to streaming, a lot depends how long the lockdown lasts though.
Raya And The Last Dragon was due for a late November release and it makes sense to move the film to 2021.
The scheduling issue are starting to get a bit of a nightmare mind as this move to Raya puts it in loose competition with many tentpole films from various studios, and means that early 2021 is starting to get very crowded.
Expect more re-scheduling from studios as there is still no sign of cinemas opening in the coming weeks.
Raya and the Last Dragon in theaters March 12, 2021. pic.twitter.com/9S1Sm9Qniu— Walt Disney Studios (@DisneyStudios) April 13, 2020
3rd April 2020
After Mulan and Black Widow got delayed Disney didn't announce new release dates, but today we get the new dates as July 24th 2020 and November 6th 2020.
Mulan starring Jet Li and Donnie Yen got pulled with literally a couple of weeks to go before it hit cinemas, but then the COVID-19 pandemic hit and cinemas closed and the release was pulled.
Black Widow starring Scarlett Johansson and Florence Pugh was set to kick of the summer movie schedule with a release of May 1st.
With the new release dates we can start looking forward to the live action remake and the start of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 4.
Interestingly July 24th is the current release date of Disney's own Jungle Cruise movie starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt, so expect a move of that to maybe Christmas?
**UPDATE** The release date of Jungle Cruise has moved and will now get a release on 30th July 2021.
This is all providing the current stay at home is over and the cinemas have reopened.
Director Patty Jenkins has moved the release date of Wonder Woman 1984 to August 14th 2020 because the best way to see the film is on the big screen.
Movie theatres across the world are currently closed because the the COVID-19 pandemic which means that many of the smaller establishments are suffering though no income.
In a heart felt tweet she reiterates how important movie theatres are and the move of release date is so it can help the movie theatre industry once the pandemic os over.
We made Wonder Woman 1984 for the big screen and I believe in the power of cinema. In these terrible times, when theater owners are struggling as so many are, we are excited to re-date our film to August 14th 2020 in a theater near you, and pray for better times for all by then pic.twitter.com/85ykQ8x6NE— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) March 24, 2020
Many of the released for MArch and April have been put on hold or to a later date including A Quiet Place Part II, No Time To Die, Black Widow and Mulan to name a few.
There is no time line of when the social restrictions set by global governments will be lifted and when cinemas will be able to open again.
As a result of this the weekend box office results have also been suspended.
Disney continue their series of live action remakes for their animated features with Mulan which has been given a 12A rating.
The story of Mulan is set in China where a young woman disguises herself as a man so she can fight for her country rather than her ageing father.
The film, a remake of the 1998 animation, as been given a 12A rating by the BBFC.
Here is a break down of the decision.
Disney continue their run of live action remakes with the Mulan which gets a new trailer.
The live action remakes of classic Disney movies has been a big success for the studio and despite the quality being questionable at times many of the films have gone over the Billion mark at the global box office.
Next year Milan gets the treatment, which is an interesting move considering the more mature nature of the subject matter.
The story of a Chinese woman who takes her place in the male dominated army and becomes one of their greatest warriors is perhaps more relavant to day than when the animated movie came out in 1998.
The movie is released in the UK and America on 27th March 2020.