The Coronavirus scare is seriously doing a number on the Spring film release slate. Movie theaters are going to be left scrambling for new content if things continue this way.
Just this morning Fast 9 and A Quiet Place 2 moved release dates after the Coronavirus scare threatened to scare moviegoers away from movie theaters. Now two more films set to come out in only a few short weeks have moved to future release dates, Disney’s live-action Mulan and Disney/Fox’s The New Mutants.
Disney says that it’s looking at potential 2020 dates in regards to where the titles would be scheduled next.
Tracking was forecasting Mulan for a $80M-$90M opening.
This is a global re-dating scenario from what we hear, and likely the best financial choice for Disney especially with the China market completely offline. Opening Mulan sans China would never had made much sense, especially the pic’s patriotic local star Liu Yifei.
And the sad ever changing story of Fox’s The New Mutants continues. The film was plagued with production problems, with rumors before the merger last year that it would go straight to Hulu. The plan under new owner Disney, I heard, was to keep the pic a theatrical release since it’s a spinoff of X-Men. This is the first release date change for New Mutants after April 13, 2018; Feb. 22, 2019; Aug. 2, 2019; and what was April 3 this year.
Other movies that have been displaced by the Coronavirus can be seen below: