The theatrical releases of “Mulan,” “The New Mutants” and “Antlers” are now reported to being postponed until further notice as Disney weighs its options for new release dates later in the year amid the recent COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. According to Deadline, Disney is still hoping to secure 2020 releases for the now shelved titles.
“Mulan,” which had its world premiere March 3, faces an uncertain roll out now as theater chains around the world contemplate the financial losses and closing indefinitely over the viral outbreak. The live-action remake, directed by Niki Caro, was set to release March 27. Without a major audience cash-in from the Chinese market, Disney may have rested on a smart move financially, and humanely. The film follows the animated classic about a daughter who disguises herself as a man to take her father’s place when he is conscripted to fight in war.
Norway, Denmark and Greece have closed down all cinemas until a two week period boils over. Searchlight’s horror “Antlers,” directed by Scott Cooper and produced by Oscar winner Guillermo Del Toro, is no longer releasing April 17, while the much talked about and delayed “The New Mutants” takes another hit and is pushed from its April 3 date.
The news comes after a slew of big box office grabbers from major studios have been announced as delayed. Early Thursday, it was reported that Paramount’s “A Quiet Place ll” was to be delayed under the circumstances caused by the global reach of the coronavirus. The studio has also pulled “The Lovebirds” and “Blue Story” from their schedules. MGM pushed “No Time to Die” from its April 10 release date to a November 25 schedule.
Disney has yet to manage new release dates for “Mulan,” “The New Mutants” and “Antlers.”