COVID-19 Has Disney Shifting Movie Releases
By Abb Jones
Disney is the latest movie studio reshuffling release dates of its upcoming blockbuster films, based on the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Confused by what’s opening and when? Let’s sort out this mess!
Mulan, the story of a brave young Chinese girl who takes her ailing warrior father’s place in the Imperial Army to battle invaders, originally was slatted for a March 27th release but is now scheduled for theatrical release on July 24, IF theaters are re-opened by then. It is effectively bumping the Emily Blunt/Dwayne Johnson action/adventure flick Jungle Cruise, originally slatted for that weekend, back a whole year, to July 30, 2021.
Black Widow, the long-awaited Marvel superhero film starring Scarlett Johansson and Florence Pugh, will now open on November 6th, effectively bumping The Eternals, the Marvel film featuring a new slate of superheroes and starring Angelina Jolie, Kit Harington and Richard Madden, to February 12th of next year.
Free Guy, the sci-fi action comedy starring Ryan Reynolds, has been moved from July 3rd to a December 11th holiday season run, with Artemis Fowl, based on the Young Adult novel, pulled from its originally planned May 29th theater release to instead get an as yet undisclosed release date on the Disney+ streaming platform. Fire up those subscriptions!
And what about The New Mutants, the long, long, long delayed X-Men horror/fantasy first filmed in 2017 starring Anya Taylor-Joy (Emma., The Witch) and Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones)? It has disappeared from the theatrical release line-up altogether, prompting the question, where have all the (new) mutants gone?
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