Following the news of Tenet‘s indefinite postponement, Disney has announced that Mulan has been pulled indefinitely. Movie theaters are struggling to reopen as COVID-19 cases are increasing in some parts of the country.
Mulan, which was originally set to open in March, was pushed back two times before Disney decided to pull it from the schedule.
Directed by Niki Caro, the live-action adaptation would take Mulan’s story to the big screen while retelling the classic animation in a new way.
“Over the last few months, it’s become clear that nothing can be set in stone when it comes to how we release films during this global health crisis, and today that means pausing our release plans for Mulan as we assess how we can most effectively bring this film to audiences around the world,” a Disney spokesperson said in a statement.
The change of schedule is a huge blow to movie theaters who needed the big releases to bring back audiences.
Disney also reshuffled their schedule moving Avatar 2 from Dec. 17, 2021, to Dec. 16, 2022; Avatar 3 moves from Dec. 22, 2023, to Dec. 20, 2024; Avatar 4 from Dec. 19, 2025, to Dec. 18, 2026; and Avatar 5 from Dec. 17, 2027, to Dec. 22, 2028.
“There is no one more disappointed about this delay than me,” Avatar filmmaker James Cameron said in an Instagram post. “What most of you likely don’t know is that the pandemic is still preventing us from being allowed to recommence most of our virtual production work on stage in Los Angeles. That work is just as critical to the films as the live-action work.”