Originally scheduled for a worldwide theatrical release in March of this year, the live action adaptation of Disney’s Mulan was an unfortunate victim of the havoc wrought by COVID-19. Twice now, the company’s plans for a big screen release had to be delayed until the health situation stabilised enough for movie theatres to reopen. Now six months after, fans eagerly awaiting the premiere of Disney’s big budget movie of the year can finally catch the film in cinemas and television screens this month. For North America and countries where Disney Plus is available, Mulan will already be accessible to watch on September 4. Meanwhile, Chinese moviegoers in areas deemed “low risk” will soon get their turn as its theatrical release in the mainland is already set for September 11.
Excited fans have already taken to social media to express their joy at this happy turn of events with reshares exceeding 270 thousand since the announcement earlier this afternoon on Weibo.
Elsewhere in the world, not everyone is very happy with Disney’s decision to move the film to an online release. With so many theatre owners struggling to keep their businesses afloat, the income the film was expected to rake in is critical to keep their doors open. Fans on the other hand are still hesitant to fork over an extra USD30 premium on top of their monthly subscriber fee just to access the film. Elsewhere in Asia, Mulan will also be released in Singapore and Thailand on September 4.