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Disney announces big delays for ‘Mulan,’ ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Avatar’ movie releases

by Brooke Geiger McDonald

After twice delaying the release of the live-action version of “Mulan,” which was originally scheduled to hit U.S. theaters on March 27, Disney has announced that they’re pressing pause on sending the movie to theaters indefinitely. The film’s release was previously pushed to July 24, then to Aug. 21.

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Liu Yifei, star of Disney’s “Mulan”

“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.

‘Avatar’ and ‘Star Wars’ pushed back too

Disney also announced one-year delays to all scheduled “Star Wars” and “Avatar” films. In a message shared on Twitter, “Avatar” director James Cameron explained that the pandemic has delayed not only the live-action work now underway in New Zealand, but they also haven’t been able to begin the virtual production work on L.A. stages yet.

Here are the new dates for each of the upcoming “Avatar” and “Star Wars” films:

  • “Avatar 2”: 12/16/22
  • “Avatar 3”: 12/20/24
  • “Avatar 4”: 12/18/26
  • “Untitled Star Wars”: 12/22/23
  • “Untitled Star Wars”: 12/19/25
  • “Untitled Star Wars”: 12/17/27

These postponements follow an announcement earlier today by AMC Theatres that the company would again delay the reopening of their U.S. theaters, this time to mid- to late-August — an understandable move given there are no new releases to show. But, that was with the expectation that “Mulan” was still set to be released on Aug. 21.

Here’s hoping we get back in front of that big screen soon.

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