The movie release board is getting shuffled once again due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Disney announced updates today for their upcoming release schedule. 

Mulan has now been pushed back indefinitely. It had been scheduled to release on August 21st. The live action remake is completely off the schedule and has been “undated.” Disney said in a statement, “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.”

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Upcoming Star Wars and Avatar movies have been delayed by one year. The two franchises had been set to begin alternating movie openings in December over the next fews years. They will still do this, but now starting December 16, 2022 with Avatar 2 and the next Star Wars film in December 22, 2023. 

In an official Avatar Instagram post, director James Cameron said, “What most of you likely don’t know is that the pandemic is still preventing us from being allowed to recommence most of our virtual production work on stage in Los Angeles. That work is just as critical to the films as the live-action work.” He went on to say, “There is no one more disappointed about this delay than me. But I am buoyed by the incredible performances of our cast and the extraordinary work that Weta Digital is doing bringing the world of Pandora and the characters of the film to life.” 

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Audrey Kearns