Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Disney Blinks, Moves $200 Million “Mulan” Again Hoping the Pandemic Will Go Away


I feel bad for the marketing and distribution people at the studios. What can they do? If the pandemic is raging with new cases and the theaters can’t open, the studios can’t release their movies.

But why won’t the studios just concede this right now instead of playing games?

Now Disney has moved its $200 million “Mulan” yet again, to August 24th. This comes after Warner’s moved “Tenet” to August 12th, last night. July is now devoid of big movies as the powers that be cross fingers COVID-19 will calm down by mid August. I sure hope so, but it doesn’t sound like it.

We have not had movies, theater, live music or any quality entertainment since March 12th. Amazing. But is it worth dying for? I feel very lucky I didn’t get sick at that Allman Brothers Reunion concert at Madison Square Garden that week. I would hate to have signed in, in heaven, with that as my last activity. Whew!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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