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Disney postpones key films; major US theatre chain delays reopening

Disney is delaying the release of major films, citing the closure of theatres and production delays because of the global pandemic.

Washington, 24 July 2020 (dpa/MIA) – Disney is delaying the release of major films, citing the closure of theatres and production delays because of the global pandemic.

The company on Thursday said the film Mulan will not come out in the United States on August 21 as planned, and did not fix a new date. Future Star Wars and Avatar films would be pushed off by a year.

Other planned releases are also seeing delays. The New Mutants film, in the X-Men franchise is now slated for the end of August along with a David Copperfield movie, though there is no promise there will not be more postponements.

“Over the last few months, it’s become clear that nothing can be set in stone when it comes to how we release films during this global health crisis,” a company spokesperson said.

Separately, AMC Theatres said Thursday it will not reopen in the US next week as planned, but is delaying the return to screening films until “mid to late August.”

The move by the largest theatre chain in the country comes amid surging coronavirus cases in major cities, particularly in the southern and south-western United States.

At the same time, there is also a problem that production companies have delayed the release of expected blockbusters, including “Tenet,” meaning there is a dearth of what to screen.

Production on new films is also being hamstrung by the pandemic and physical distancing requirements.

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