Well, we’ve been saying that all eyes were on Disney, and now they’ve done what we knew they’d eventually have to. Mulan has been delayed for a second time, moving from its July 24th spot to August 21st.
This is funny because Disney and Warner Bros. are playing this game where nobody wants to have the first blockbuster out of the gate. WB recently shifted Tenet from July 17th to July 31st and then again to August 12th.
We’re in a place where WB and Disney are taking this scratch ‘n sniff approach, moving their films a couple of weeks here, a week there, in hopes that the COVID-19 situation will ease up. Instead, outbreaks are spiking all around the country, making a firm release date for anything impossible to come by. While some are hoping Disney decides to move Mulan to Disney+, as they did with Artemis Fowl, the difference is the $200M budget and potential $1B box office. So that’s unlikely to happen.
Meanwhile, Bill & Ted Face the Music will have to sing its song a bit late. The long-awaited reunion of Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter will now open on August 28th, a week after Mulan. Remember, the film had been moved up to August 14th, but now it’s imperative to get a bit of distance away from Tenet.
Also, the Russell Crowe thriller Unhinged, which had been the first “big” movie to open theatrical in the summer, has moved to July 31st now that it has been abandoned by Tenet.