I have to admit, I didn’t think that they would actually do it. A lasting pandemic, and various report of profit losses in the billions, have forced Disney’s hand on at least one major theatrical release. Variety was first to report that Disney will release Mulan on Disney+ on September 4, 2020. If you’re one of the 60.5 million subscribers, don’t get too excited yet, there’s more to it.
The live action adaptation of the Disney classic will be available as part of a new “premiere access” feature at a cost of $29.99. The details are still a bit sparse, but Disney CEO Bob Chapek said that more details would be coming. Before you start getting ideas, Chapek struck down the notion of this being a regular thing.
“We’re looking at ‘Mulan’ as a one-off, as opposed to saying there’s some new business windowing model that we’re looking at,” he said.
If Disney+ isn’t available in your area, Mulan will be released in theaters in select countries on September 4th as well. More on this as it develops. I’ll also have more thoughts of my own on Episode 328 of the podcast.