Mulan delayed until August

Disney’s live-action adaptation of Mulan has been delayed by almost a month due to the coronavirus pandemic. Niki Caro’s retelling of the classic Disney animation, starring Liu Yifei, was originally supposed to open in cinemas in late March, but its r…

Disney’s live-action adaptation of Mulan has been delayed by almost a month due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Niki Caro’s retelling of the classic Disney animation, starring Liu Yifei, was originally supposed to open in cinemas in late March, but its release date was moved to 24 July after movie theatres closed amid the health crisis.

For a few weeks, Mulan looked set to be the first studio blockbuster to reopen cinemas, particularly after Warner Bros. bosses moved Christopher Nolan’s Tenet from its original 17 July slot, but Disney executives have now confirmed they are postponing its release by almost a month and it is now scheduled to open on 21 August.

“While the pandemic has changed our release plans for Mulan and we will continue to be flexible as conditions require, it has not changed our belief in the power of this film and its message of hope and perseverance,” said Alan Horn and Alan Bergman, co-chairmen of Walt Disney Studios, in a statement. “Director Niki Caro and our cast and crew have created a beautiful, epic, and moving film that is everything the cinematic experience should be, and that’s where we believe it belongs – on the world stage and the big screen for audiences around the globe to enjoy together.”

Last week, Warner Bros. bosses pushed Tenet back to 12 August. As a result, MGM postponed the release of Bill & Ted Face the Music, starring Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter, by two weeks to 28 August to avoid opening on the same week as the blockbuster.

In addition, Paramount Pictures announced it was delaying the release of Without Remorse, a Tom Clancy adaptation starring Michael B. Jordan, by almost five months from 2 October to 26 February 2021, and Russell Crowe’s thriller Unhinged has moved from 10 to 31 July.

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Jamie Bell and Michael B. Jordan to reunite on Tom Clancy movie

Jamie Bell is set to reunite with Michael B. Jordan for new movie Without Remorse.The 33-year-old British actor is in final negotiations to join Paramount’s adaptation of the Tom Clancy novel, according to Variety. If his deal is finalised, it will m…

Jamie Bell is set to reunite with Michael B. Jordan for new movie Without Remorse.

The 33-year-old British actor is in final negotiations to join Paramount’s adaptation of the Tom Clancy novel, according to Variety. If his deal is finalised, it will mark a reunion between Bell and Jordan, who last appeared together in the critically-panned Fantastic Four reboot in 2015, alongside Miles Teller and Kate Mara.

Jordan was previously cast as operations officer John Clark, also known as John Terrence Kelly, a former Navy SEAL who goes to work for the CIA. Bell would portray Robert Ritter, the deputy director of operations at the CIA who helped recruit Clark upon his return to the U.S. after his haunting mission in Vietnam.

Director Stefano Sollima is at the helm of Without Remorse, while Sicario screenwriter Taylor Sheridan is penning the script, with Jordan, Akiva Goldsman, Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec serving as producers.

And in an attempt to build a film franchise around Jordan’s role as Clark, the 32-year-old will also lead the movie adaptation of Clancy’s novel Rainbow Six, with production scheduled to begin towards the end of this year.

The character has appeared in 17 of Clancy’s novels, including Clear and Present Danger.

Bell recently starred as neo-Nazi Bryon Widner in Skin and in the Elton John biopic Rocketman as the pop icon’s songwriting partner Bernie Taupin.

Jordan is currently starring in Just Mercy, alongside Oscar winners Jamie Foxx and Brie Larson, which tells the true story of Walter McMillian, who successfully appealed his murder conviction in the 1990s with the help of lawyer Bryan Stevenson.

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