With Coronavirus still a global issue, Disney has taken the tough decision to continue to juggle all of its upcoming film releases. In its wake a number of high profile franchises are facing huge delays to their next releases.
Following the mixed response to The Rise of Skywalker, Disney and Lucasfilm were hoping to rekindle the success of Star Wars with the launch a new series of films in December 2022. Those plans have now been put on hold. Instead the first installment in that new series will hit the big screen on December 22, 2023.
Two sequels are currently dated for December 19, 2025, and December 27, 2027.
James Cameron’s Avatar has also been hard hit but the reshuffle. Avatar 2 was originally due to hit screens on December 17, 2021. Unfortunately, Disney has now pushed back that date to December 16, 2022. As a knock-on effect all the other announced Avatar Saga films also move dates. Those films will now arrive on December 20, 2024 (Avatar 3), December 18, 2026 (Avatar 4), and December 22, 2028 (Avatar 5).
Another film facing a potentially huge delay is Mulan. That film had originally been set to hit cinemas on March 27 but was initially delayed to August 21. Now the live-action remake finds itself indefinitely postponed, appearing nowhere on the studios new release schedule.
It’s likely Disney is waiting to get a clearer understanding of how other studios are planning to release long-delayed movies before making a decision on Mulan‘s rollout. But we’ll keep you updated as news comes in.