The Walt Disney Company has once again shuffled some release dates amid the coronavirus outbreak. Including Soul and Raya and the Last Dragon.
Disney Animation Studios’ newest original film Raya and the Last Dragon has been moved off it’s November 2020 release date and has been rescheduled for March 12, 2021. While Pixar Animation Studios second original film of 2020, Soul has taken Raya’s November 20, 2020 release date.
Additionally, Disney Studios has removed an untitled live-action film also dated for March 12, 2021 off their release calendar. The untitled film moved off that date I hear was for Disney’s live-action Peter Pan film, Peter Pan and Wendy, directed by David Lowery (Pete’s Dragon).
The move comes weeks after the company reshuffled major upcoming releases that moved Disney’s live-action Mulan to July 2020 Marvel Studios’ Black Widow to November 2020, while the studios’ other film Eternals, Shang-Chi, Thor: Love and Thunder, and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness all moved back to new release dates. Disney’s long in development Artemis Fowl was officially moved to Disney+.
Last week, reports surfaced that Disney had given notices of job furloughs that would impact a number of employees amongst Disney’s film branches which include Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm beginning April 19.
As of now, Disney plans to release smaller films to Disney+ as a way to give subscribers new content, which include the Aforementioned Artemis Fowl. Another film that I could see making the transition from a theatrical release to Disney+, would be Disney Studios’ The One and Only Ivan, starring Angelina Jolie (Maleficent: Mistress of Evil), which is still on the release schedule for this August.
It is unknown how the reshuffle will impact Disney+ series, specifically from Marvel Studios including The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and WandaVision, as Marvel Studios interweaves their films and have previously stated the series will lead directly into the films and vice-versa.
Source: Walt Disney Animation Studios