Following in the footsteps of its theme parks, Disney has decided to push back the release dates of Mulan, The New Mutants and Antlers.
The live-action adaptation of Mulan was previously scheduled to be released on Friday, March 27, with Fox’s long-gestating New Mutants scheduled for April 3, and the Guillermo del Toro produced horror film Antlers scheduled for April 17.
All three movies have been put on hold due to continued concerns about the spread and impact of the coronavirus, with no new release dates yet announced. However, the studio says they’re looking at dates later in the year.
Disney’s live-action adaptation of Mulan has already screened for critics, with many calling it Disney’s best live-action adaptation yet, so buzz for the film was high. However, given the $200 million production budget and the closure of many international markets right now, it looks like Disney wants to give the film its best chance to succeed at the box office.
One major Disney movie that hasn’t been delayed yet is the upcoming Black Widow, which features the character in her first solo film. The film is scheduled to be released on April 24.
Given the fact that the film reportedly cost $175 million to make, it seems likely that Disney is at least carefully considering whether or not to push back the release date until international market stabilize.
The Disney movies are the latest to be pushed back major studios due to concerns about the coronavirus.
Yesterday Universal announced that it will delay the release of Fast and Furious 9 for an entire year, with the movie now slated to be released in the U.S. on April 2, 2021. A Quiet Place Part II has also been delayed at the eleventh hour, with the movie set to premiere next Friday, March 20, but now being delayed indefinitely.
This swath of Disney movies joins the next James Bond film No Time to Die and the children’s movie Peter Rabbit 2 in being delayed due to coronavirus.