DISNEY AND PARAMOUNT DELAY RELEASES AMID ONGOING PANDEMIC CONCERNS

Disney removed Mulan from its slate indefinitely and delayed Avatar and Star Wars by one year. Paramount moved its “Top Gun” Sequel until next year.

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Disney has announced a new movie schedule and its plans to indefinitely postpone the release of Niki Caro’s remake of “Mulan,” effectively ending hopes of salvaging the summer blockbuster season. “It’s become clear that nothing can be set in stone when it comes to how we release films during this global health crisis,” a Disney representative said. “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.”

ViacomCBS Inc’s Paramount Pictures also said “Top Gun: Maverick”, the much-awaited sequel to the Tom Cruise-starring “Top Gun”, has also been delayed to 2nd July 2021 from 23rd December 2020. "Mulan's" status is "unset," after previously being delayed to 21st August.

The sequels to James Cameron's "Avatar" have all been pushed back by a year each, along with the new Star Wars trilogy and an unnamed Disney live-action movie. "Avatar 2" is considered the second highest-grossing film of all time.

"Mulan" was initially slated to be released in March, but due to the spread of COVID-19 was delayed to July and then to August. Starring Yifei Liu as Mulan, the movie preceived positive reviews by critics who saw it before theaters shut down due to the pandemic. The “Avatar” sequel is now set to debut in theaters in December 2022, and the next “Star Wars” movie in December 2023. 20th Century Studios and Searchlight in September and October have also been pushed back, including Wes Anderson’s “The French Dispatch,” which Searchlight has now indefinitely postponed.

It’s become clear that nothing can be set in stone when it comes to how we release films during this global health crisis,” a Disney representative said. 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.” Disney