The summer “Blockbuster Season” is officially lost. As COVID-19 cases surge in the United States, forcing cities to restrict openings and keep theaters closed, Disney has been forced to shuffle its release window for the next few years, affecting 2020 films including the highly-anticipated Mulan.
The live-action version of Mulan has been postponed indefinitely and James Cameron’s Avatar sequels and untitled Star Wars movies have been pushed.
Director Niki Caro’s live action remake of the classic animated film was scheduled for release on Aug. 21 (after already being delayed twice), but now finds itself in limbo without a new set launch date.
“Over the last few months, it’s become clear that nothing can be set in stone when it comes to how we release films during this global health crisis, and 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,” a Walt Disney Studios spokesperson said in a statement.
The moves also means that the galaxy far, far away will remain even further until 2023 as the three untitled Star Wars films will now hit theaters on December 2023, 2025, and 2027.
It’s possible that Disney may eventually cut their loses and send Mulan direct to VOD, but that will almost certainly be a last resort. There’s no mention of Marvel’s Black Widow, so for now it would seem the Marvel film is sticking to its November 6, 2020 date.