The corona virus has rocked Disney's largest franchises – and Star Wars is the latest to be affected.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney announced on Thursday that it would postpone the release of the next Star Wars films and James Cameron's Avatar sequel. Mulan's live action remake, originally scheduled for release in March, has also been removed from the cinema calendar.
“In recent months it has been shown that nothing can be set in stone when it comes to how we release films during this global health crisis. Today, this means halting our Mulan release plans to assess how we can best implement this film for an audience around the world, ”a Disney spokesman told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement.
The next Star Wars flick, which should be released on December 16, 2022, will now be released over a year later, on December 22, 2023, according to Disney. The next untitled film was also postponed from December 20, 2024 to December 19, 2025, while a third film, which was not revealed, was postponed from December 18, 2026 to December 17, 2027.
Avatar's sequel was postponed to December 16, 2022. it should come out next December. In a post on Instagram, director James Cameron said, "There is no one more disappointed with this delay than I am."
The cast is the latest blow to the film industry destroyed by the coronavirus pandemic. Warner Bros. recently announced that Christopher Nolan's next highly anticipated blockbuster Tenet has also been postponed without a new release date. Tenet has been seen as a test case for Hollywood's triumphant return to cinemas, but its delay will likely drive other major blockbusters back or cut them out of the release schedule.