Disney CEO Bob Chapek has confirmed the live-action Mulan remake starring Yifei Liu is still on track to release in theaters this July.
Mulan was originally slated to arrive in theaters March 27, however, in early April, the live-action adaptation of the animated classic was rescheduled to hit theaters July 24, 2020, due to the Coronavirus spreading across the globe. The date had originally belonged to Jungle Cruise starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt.But with the reopening of America, Chapek expressed his optimism to CNBC for a “pent-up” demand from audiences hoping to return to theaters for the moviegoing experience as soon as possible:
“I think it’s going to be a stair step situation, just like it’s going to be in our parks. I think there’s a lot of pent-up demand, on the other hand, that viewers, fans of movies want to go see.”
In regards to the limited capacity and impact that social distancing guidelines will have on box office returns, Chapek believes it’s something that will be manageable with Friday and Saturday nights being the biggest exception:
“It really becomes only an issue on Friday night and Saturday night, and to a lesser extent, on Sunday night. So it doesn’t really push the limits of what would typically be seen as occupancy inside movie theaters until you get to those weekend evenings. And in that particular case, I think that can be managed. I think it will be up to our exhibitors who we partner with.”
While Mulan has been rescheduled to maintain a theatrical release date, Disney opted to switch gears for its other upcoming film project, Artemis Fowl, setting the sci-fi fantasy to arrive on Disney Plus on June 12. The film was originally intended to hit theaters on May 29. As for the live-action Mulan from Niki Caro, the film has been previously described as a martial arts epic that is extremely muscular and thrilling as well as entertaining and moving.
Disney’s live-action Mulan stars Liu Yifei, Donnie Yen, Yoson An, Gong Li, Jimmy Wong, Tzi Ma, and Jet Lee. Here’s the official synopsis:
When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from Northern invaders, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. Masquerading as a man, Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must harness her inner-strength and embrace her true potential. It is an epic journey that will transform her into an honored warrior and earn her the respect of a grateful nation…and a proud father.
Mulan is expected to arrive in theaters on July 24, 2020.
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