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Mulan’s live-action, originally expected to open in theaters in March 2020, needed to be delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic that has plagued the world in recent months. Although the public health situation has not yet been resolved, Bob Chapek, the new Disney CEO, said in his first televised interview that the feature will not be delayed again.
In a broadcast to CNBC’s Squawk Alley, he says that Mulan’s debut is scheduled for July 24 in theaters in the United States, believing that there is a lot of “pent-up demand” for theatrical releases and, therefore, there will be public interest in check the launch.
“This really only becomes an issue on Friday and Saturday night, and to a lesser extent on Sunday night,” he says of the capacity limitation in movie theaters. “In this particular case, I think it can be managed. I think it will be up to our exhibitors with whom we partner. I think it is a very good launch date for that particular title.”
He continues: “Whether you’re talking about cinemas or theme parks, as long as we can do it in a relatively safe and responsible manner, I think it will be important for exhibitors to consider all factors when making their opening decisions”, citing the possibility of reopening of Disney parks for the next few weeks.
In Brazil, cinemas are still closed (with the exception of the Cine Drive-In in Brasília) and there is no forecast for reopening.
In the meantime, read more about Mulan’s new live-action at Cinema10.