As COVID-19 Cases Surge, Disney Eyes Moving ‘Mulan’ Yet Again

We’re in the midst of a worrisome spike in COVID-19 in spots all across the country, occurring just as states are going through a reopening process. The uncertainty about the future has left the major movie studios twisting in the wind, so to speak, and so we’ve seen them take stop-gap measures that are almost certain to be temporary, such as Warner Bros. pushing Tenet back a measly two weeks to July 31st. That put Disney’s live-action Mulan in the position of being the first major film of the summer, but that spot is now in jeopardy.

Because of the COVID-19 outbreaks, Disney is considering another move for Mulan, which was originally meant to hit theaters in March. THR adds that China’s situation is also of concern, since Disney is expecting Mulan to play particularly well there.

Mulan opens in less than a month on July 24th, but for Disney to go through with a theatrical release it’ll need theaters in New York and Los Angeles to be at full steam. While NY has flattened its curve considerably, Los Angeles County is leading the country in new coronavirus cases. That’s a recipe for Mulan to be moved yet again, but really, will ANY date be safe as long as the situation keeps getting worse? Not likely.


Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.