In an unprecedented move, Disney has confirmed that it will release the live-action remake of Mulan for the Disney+ streaming platform. However, the film will only be made available for the platform in the U.S and Canada markets. Internationally, Disney will stick to the plan of rolling out the film in theatres.
The news is somewhat surprising as this is the biggest release the studio is offering for in-home viewing. Previously Disney has released some productions such as Artemis Fowl on the platform but Mulan is a different sort of beast altogether.
Produced with a budget of USD200 million, the live-action film was set to be one of the biggest releases from the studio this year. There is no doubt in anyone’s minds that Mulan would have broken the billion dollar mark at the box-office if it kept to its end March release date. But as we all know, COVID-19 threw a spanner in the works for basically everyone.
This is probably one of the reasons why Disney will make the film available on Disney+ as it attempts to regroup some of its losses due to the pandemic. The PVOD release will cost an extra USD29.99 for viewers on top of their regular subscription charge.
Still it is a small price to pay to catch this anticipated film as most cinemas in the U.S. continue to be shuttered due to the ongoing health crisis. Mulan is set for release on 4th September.