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Disney delays premiere of 'Mulan' indefinitely

2020-07-24 02:02:14 GMT2020-07-24 10:02:14(Beijing Time) Sina English

Disney will indefinitely postpone the premiere of "Mulan" and push back the release of new installments in the "Avatar" and "Star Wars" film franchises, the studio announced Thursday, dealing another blow to pandemic-shuttered theaters.

The company, one of the pillars of the global entertainment business, said the decisions were made in response to theater closures and production shutdowns amid the coronavirus crisis.

"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.

"Mulan," a live-action remake of the beloved 1998 animated film, was originally scheduled to debut on March 27 before it was moved to July 24 and then pushed to Aug. 21.

 

 

Mulan," directed by Niki Caro ("Whale Rider"), tells the tale of a young Chinese woman who disguises herself as a male warrior. It is the first major Disney movie featuring an all-Asian cast. The film drew controversy in August after its star, Chinese American actress Liu Yifei, suggested she supported the police crackdown on Hong Kong protesters.

(Agencies)

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