Bob Iger hints more Disney movies might skip cinemas

Disney boss Bob Iger has hinted more movies will skip cinemas and go straight to Disney+ as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. With cinemas being closed in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19, studio executives have been forced to postpone the rel…

Disney boss Bob Iger has hinted more movies will skip cinemas and go straight to Disney+ as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

With cinemas being closed in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19, studio executives have been forced to postpone the releases of their spring-summer 2020 movies and reshuffle the schedule accordingly.

Last week, Disney bosses unveiled their revised calendar and announced that sci-fi adventure film Artemis Fowl, which was due to debut in cinemas in May, would be skipping a theatrical run altogether and be made available on Disney+ at an undisclosed date, making it the studio’s first film to lose its cinema release.

And in a new interview with Barron’s magazine, Iger, who is the executive chairman of The Walt Disney Company, hinted that other movies could be following the same route.

“In terms of movies going ahead after Artemis, there may be a few more that we end up putting directly onto Disney+, but for the most part a lot of the big tentpole Disney films, we’ll simply wait for slots. In some cases, we’ve announced new ones already, but later on in the calendar,” he said. “In some cases, we’ve moved things onto Disney+ faster than we would have. Frozen 2 was one of them, but Onward would be the biggest example. It was in theatres when this happened. We moved to a pay-per-view period for a couple of weeks where people could buy it and own it. And then we ended up putting it on Disney+.”

While Iger didn’t name any of the films that may jump directly to Disney+, it has long been rumoured that X-Men spin-off The New Mutants, which has been delayed multiple times since its original April 2018 release date, will go to Hulu, a streaming service majority-owned by Disney. The superhero movie, starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, and Charlie Heaton, is currently without a release date.

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Disney postpone release of Mulan in response to coronavirus outbreak

Disney has postponed the upcoming release of Mulan, The New Mutants, and Antlers out of an “abundance of caution” due to the coronavirus pandemic. The release of the live-action remake of Disney’s 1998 animation, about a girl who disguises herself as a…

Disney has postponed the upcoming release of Mulan, The New Mutants, and Antlers out of an “abundance of caution” due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The release of the live-action remake of Disney’s 1998 animation, about a girl who disguises herself as a man to fight in the army, had already been delayed in some countries, including China, due to the crisis. But on Thursday, Disney bosses announced it would no longer be unveiled on 27 March.

Director Niki Caro addressed the news on social media, telling her followers, “We are so excited to share this film with the world, but given the current ever-shifting circumstances we are all experiencing, unfortunately, we have to postpone the worldwide release of Mulan for now. Our hearts are with everyone the world over who is affected by this virus, and we hope that Mulan’s fighting spirit will continue to inspire those who are working so hard to keep us all safe. Thank you for all of your enthusiasm and support, and I can’t wait for the day where we will all get to experience this tale of a girl warrior who became a legend together.”

The movie was postponed on Thursday, as Caro and the cast, including Liu Yifei and Jason Scott Lee, attended the London premiere in Leicester Square. Ahead of the event, Disney officials had announced they were downscaling the event, so it would be a contained indoor screening rather than a red carpet. The U.S. premiere had taken place on Monday.

In addition to Mulan, Disney executives also announced on Thursday that they were postponing the release of Antlers, a horror starring Keri Russell, and X-Men spin-off, The New Mutants, starring Maisie Williams and Anya Taylor-Joy. The release of the latter has already been postponed multiple times since its original slot of April 2018. Both films, which were due to hit cinemas in April, and Mulan, have been delayed indefinitely.

Many big studio films have been postponed due to the outbreak, which has led to the closure of cinemas and restrictions on public gatherings. Affected films include No Time to Die, Fast and Furious 9, A Quiet Place Part II, Peter Rabbit, and the U.S. release of My Spy and The Lovebirds. Currently, the next big film release is Trolls: World Tour on 10 April.

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Charlie Heaton wants to emulate Robert Pattinson’s career

Charlie Heaton would like his career to follow a similar trajectory to Robert Pattinson’s.The British actor shot to fame playing Jonathan Byers in Netflix sci-fi series Stranger Things in 2016 and is set to reprise the role in the upcoming fourth ser…

Charlie Heaton would like his career to follow a similar trajectory to Robert Pattinson’s.

The British actor shot to fame playing Jonathan Byers in Netflix sci-fi series Stranger Things in 2016 and is set to reprise the role in the upcoming fourth series of the show. Looking ahead to his career once the series is finished, Heaton hopes he can mirror the path Pattinson carved out for himself once he finished the Twilight franchise.

“Not in an aspect where it’s like, ‘Wow, I want to be Robert Pattinson,’” he told GQ magazine. “But having seen him come off this huge show, he’s made these really interesting choices. He’s done The Lighthouse, and he did Good Time. Obviously now he’s doing Batman, but I think he’s chosen to work with interesting directors, and I feel a lot of respect for him.”

The 26-year-old has already got some movie projects under his belt, including upcoming X-Men instalment, The New Mutants, and the sequel to Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir. And although his New Mutants character Cannonball is an outsider like Byers, Heaton hopes he can show off his range in the future.

“They see you as one thing, and you continue to do that,” the star shared of the industry. “Do you want to play this really awkward, offbeat outsider? Yeah. I can – but I can do other things. It’s having people trust that you can do other things or proving it to them.”

He was initially scared to take on the part, as he was concerned about signing away years of his life, while he was also “absolutely terrified” on The Souvenir: Part II, because Hogg likes to completely improvise her scenes, except for a few notes about character description.

“You start in the morning and you’d be absolutely terrified,” he confessed. “And then you shoot, and then every day you go home with this buzz. You’re like, ‘Wow, it was so alive. I can’t believe I did that.’ And then it would start again every morning, where you’re dreading going to work.”

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