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Disney is taking ‘Mulan’ off the calendar; ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Avatar’ delayed

Disney made some major changes to its release schedule.

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Crystal Liu, born Liu Yifei, stars in Disney’s live-action “Mulan.”

Crystal Liu, born Liu Yifei, stars in Disney’s live-action “Mulan.”

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Disney has made some major changes to its upcoming film slate, taking “Mulan” off the calendar and pushing back all upcoming “Avatar” and “Star Wars” films, according to reports

  • “Mulan” has been removed from the release calendar. It was scheduled for Aug. 21.
  • The film had been pushed back from March to July 24 due to the coronavirus pandemic. It was later moved to Aug. 21 before being pushed back again.
  • “Avatar and “Star Wars” films will be pushed back one year. “Avatar 2” was scheduled for December 2021.

“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 Disney spokesperson said, according to Variety.

These announcements come after “Tenet” — a film that many believed to be the first film to hit movie theaters amid the pandemic — delayed its release indefinitely as well, as I wrote about for Deseret.com.

Major movie theater chains AMC and Regalcontinue to delay their reopening as well. California and New York remain unsure of when to open movie theaters, which raises questions about the films reopening in two of the biggest markets in the country.