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Disney Delays Star Wars and Avatar Films, Pulls Mulan From Schedule

July 23, 2020 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Disney is the latest studio to make new concessions to COVID-19, pulling Mulan from its schedule and delaying Star Wars and Avatar films. The company announced on Thursday that Mulan, most recently scheduled for August 21st, will not be given a new date until they can figure out a safe time to do so.

“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 (per Variety).

In addition, Disney announced that its unnamed scheduled Star Wars films will move out to December 22nd, 2023; December 19th, 2025; and December 17th, 2027. Avatar 2 has been pushed back a year to December 16th, 2022, followed by Avatar 3 in 2024, Avatar 4 in 20206, ad Avatar 5 in 2028.

The moves are the latest theatrical shifts for a big studio in the face of the pandemic. Warner Bros. has similarly pulled Tenet, scheduled for next month, off its release schedule.