Coronavirus Strikes Again: Mulan Pushed Back for Later Release

Mulan was set to arrive in theaters in North America on March 27.

Disney has decided to push the release of its upcoming live-action Mulan amid growing concerns around the coronavirus, the studio said Thursday.

Also being pushed back is the delayed “New Mutants,” which was set to arrive April 3 through 20th Century Studios, and “Antlers,” which was set for an April 17 release through Searchlight Pictures. Disney is considering new release dates for all of its titles later this year. Mulan director Niki Caro posted on Instagram explaining the reason for pushing back the movie.

“We are so excited to share this film with the world, but given the current ever-shifting circumstances we are all experiencing, unfortunately, we have to postpone the worldwide release of Mulan for now. Our hearts are with everyone the world over who is affected by this virus, and we hope that Mulan’s fighting spirit will continue to inspire those who are working so hard to keep us all safe.”

Mulan feeling the impact of Coronavirus pandemic

Mulan becomes the latest release to be pushed back because of the coronavirus. Universal pushed back the ninth “Fast & Furious” film to next year, while Paramount has decided to delay The Lovebirds, and A Quiet Place Part II was indefinitely pulled. While theaters have not shut their doors in the U.S. because of the virus, there is concern that cinemas could go dark in the areas where cases are proliferating or where business has slowed. There is an ongoing blackout on moviegoing in China, with Mulan still not receiving a Chinese release date.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom late Wednesday recommended canceling or postponing gatherings of 250 or more people “at least through March” as the state grapples with the coronavirus outbreak. The recommendation directly impacts larger auditoriums, which may have to stagger seating.

Author: Lawrence Lease

Lawrence Lease is a freelance writer and screenwriter. His work can be seen on Blasting News, Cinema Gold and The Washington Ledger.

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