News - July 24, 2020

Disney pulls Mulan from release schedule
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Disney pulls Mulan from release schedule

Disney has pulled its new live-action take on Mulan from the release schedule. 

The film was originally due for release in March, but was pushed until July 24th amid the coronavirus pandemic. It was then moved back until August 21st and has now been postponed indefinitely. 

A spokesman told Deadline of the decision: "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."

The decision to pull the film comes a few days after Warner Brothers did the same for Christopher Nolan's Tenet. 

A small selection of cinemas in the UK are currently open, with Vue, Cineworld and the vast majority of Odeon sites due to re-open at the end of July. 

There's been no decision yet on whether the cancellation of Mulan and Tenet's releases will affect this. 

Mulan tells the story of a young woman, who is forced to disguise herself and join the Chinse army to save her weakened and lame father from certain death. After struggling, she then goes on to become one of China's greatest heroines. 

The movie stars actress Chinese actress Liu Yifei, also known as Crystal Liu, while Yoson An, Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Ron Yuan, Tzi Ma, Chum Ehelepola, Gong Li, Jet Li, Rosalind Chao and Cheng Pei-Pei co-star.

Niki Caro, director of indie hit Whale Rider and drama The Zookeeper's Wife, is behind the camera,  Jurassic World scribes Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver have provided the script. 

Mulan is the latest in a string of live-action retellings of Disney's classics, with Aladdin, Beauty And The Beast and Dumbo among their recent releases. The Little Mermaid, Robin Hood and Pinocchio are currently in production. 

You can check out Disney's original animated Mulan here in hmv's online store. 

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