Disney Studios has officially moved their highly anticipated live-action reimagining of Mulan July 25 to August 21.
News of the move came earlier this week, as coronavirus cases began to surge across the nation. However, the studio feels that come August, they will receive the most financial success and have avoided a holiday or 2021 release.
Alan Horn, Co-Chairman and Chief Creative Officer, and Alan Bergman, Co-Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios released a joint statement:
“While the pandemic has changed our release plans for ‘Mulan’ and we will continue to be flexible as conditions require, it has not changed our belief in the power of this film and its message of hope and perseverance. Director Niki Caro and our cast and crew have created a beautiful, epic, and moving film that is everything the cinematic experience should be, and that’s where we believe it belongs – on the world stage and the big screen for audiences around the globe to enjoy together.”
When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from Northern invaders, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. Masquerading as a man, Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must harness her inner-strength and embrace her true potential. It is an epic journey that will transform her into an honored warrior and earn her the respect of a grateful nation and a proud father.
Mulan features a celebrated international cast that includes, Liu Yifei (The Forbidden Kingdom) as the titular hero, Donnie Yen (Ip Man) as Commander Tung; Jason Scott Lee (The Jungle Book) as Böri Khan; Yoson An (The Meg) as Cheng Honghui; with Gong Li (Miami Vice) as Xianniang and Jet Li (The Expendables) as the Emperor. The film is directed by Niki Caro (Whale Rider) from a screenplay by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Elizabeth Martin & Lauren Hynek based on the narrative poem “The Ballad of Mulan.”
Source: The Hollywood Reporter