'Mulan' follows 'Tenet' to August, ending Hollywood's summer

  • This image released by Disney shows Yifei Liu in the title role of "Mulan." Disney said Friday, June 26, 2020 that it would delay the release of the live-action adaptation until Aug, 21, 2020, after having already delayed its release from March until July because of the coronavirus pandemic. (Disney Enterprises, Inc. via AP)

    This image released by Disney shows Yifei Liu in the title role of "Mulan." Disney said Friday, June 26, 2020 that it would delay the release of the live-action adaptation until Aug, 21, 2020, after having already delayed its release from March until July because of the coronavirus pandemic. (Disney Enterprises, Inc. via AP) Associated Press

  • This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Robert Pattinson, left, and John David Washington in a scene from "Tenet." Warner Bros. says it is delaying the release of Christopher Nolan's sci-fi thriller 'úTenet'Ě until Aug. 12. (Melinda Sue Gordon/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP)

    This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Robert Pattinson, left, and John David Washington in a scene from "Tenet." Warner Bros. says it is delaying the release of Christopher Nolan's sci-fi thriller 'úTenet'Ě until Aug. 12. (Melinda Sue Gordon/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP) Associated Press

  • FILE - In this May 12, 2018, file photo, director Christopher Nolan poses during a photo call at the 71st international film festival in Cannes, southern France. Warner Bros. announced late Thursday, June 25, that it is delaying the release of Nolan's sci-fi thriller 'úTenet'Ě from July 31 until Aug. 12, a date the studio says will give it more flexibility to get the film in theaters despite uncertainty caused by a surge in coronavirus cases in certain locales. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP, File)

    FILE - In this May 12, 2018, file photo, director Christopher Nolan poses during a photo call at the 71st international film festival in Cannes, southern France. Warner Bros. announced late Thursday, June 25, that it is delaying the release of Nolan's sci-fi thriller 'úTenet'Ě from July 31 until Aug. 12, a date the studio says will give it more flexibility to get the film in theaters despite uncertainty caused by a surge in coronavirus cases in certain locales. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP, File) Associated Press

  • This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows John David Washington in a scene from "Tenet." Warner Bros. says it is delaying the release of Christopher Nolan's sci-fi thriller 'úTenet'Ě until Aug. 12. (Melinda Sue Gordon/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP)

    This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows John David Washington in a scene from "Tenet." Warner Bros. says it is delaying the release of Christopher Nolan's sci-fi thriller 'úTenet'Ě until Aug. 12. (Melinda Sue Gordon/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP) Associated Press

  • This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Elizabeth Debicki, left, and John David Washington in a scene from "Tenet." Warner Bros. says it is delaying the release of Christopher Nolan's sci-fi thriller 'úTenet'Ě until Aug. 12. (Melinda Sue Gordon/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP)

    This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Elizabeth Debicki, left, and John David Washington in a scene from "Tenet." Warner Bros. says it is delaying the release of Christopher Nolan's sci-fi thriller 'úTenet'Ě until Aug. 12. (Melinda Sue Gordon/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP) Associated Press

  • This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Robert Pattinson, right, and John David Washington in a scene from "Tenet." Warner Bros. says it is delaying the release of Christopher Nolan's sci-fi thriller 'úTenet'Ě until Aug. 12. (Melinda Sue Gordon/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP)

    This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Robert Pattinson, right, and John David Washington in a scene from "Tenet." Warner Bros. says it is delaying the release of Christopher Nolan's sci-fi thriller 'úTenet'Ě until Aug. 12. (Melinda Sue Gordon/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP) Associated Press

  • This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows John David Washington in a scene from "Tenet." Warner Bros. says it is delaying the release the Christopher Nolan sci-fi thriller until Aug. 12. (Melinda Sue Gordon/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP)

    This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows John David Washington in a scene from "Tenet." Warner Bros. says it is delaying the release the Christopher Nolan sci-fi thriller until Aug. 12. (Melinda Sue Gordon/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP) Associated Press

 
 
Updated 6/26/2020 7:48 PM

NEW YORK -- Hollywood's hopes for salvaging its summer season have effectively ended after the releases of both Christopher Nolan's 'úTenet'Ě and the Walt Disney Co.'s live-action reboot of 'úMulan'Ě were again delayed.

With reported cases of the coronavirus surging in parts of the U.S., Disney on Friday followed Warner Bros. in pushing 'úMulan" to late August. The film, initially planned to open in March, had been slated for July 24. It's now moving to Aug. 21.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

'úWhile the pandemic has changed our release plans for 'ėMulan' 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,'Ě said Disney co-chairmen Alan Horn and Alan Bergman in a joint statement.

Late Thursday, Warner Bros. also postponed 'úTenet,'Ě starring John David Washington and Robert Pattinson, from July 31 to Aug. 12. The studio stressed the need for flexibility.

'úWe are choosing to open the movie mid-week to allow audiences to discover the film in their own time, and we plan to play longer, over an extended play period far beyond the norm, to develop a very different yet successful release strategy,'Ě a Warner Bros. spokesperson said in a statement.

Movie theater chains had planned the widespread reopening of cinemas partially around the return of new releases like 'úTenet'Ě and Disney's 'úMulan.'Ě AMC Theaters, Regal Cinemas and Cinemark - the three largest circuits in North America - had all set a timetable for nationwide reopening in early to mid-July with the aim of first playing catalog movies (including Nolan's own 'úInception'Ě) and a smattering of smaller films as a lead-in to summer tentpoles.


But with COVID-19 cases surging in Texas, Arizona, Florida and elsewhere, those plans became uncertain. Rising cases in California forced Disney earlier this week to delay next month's planned reopening of Disneyland in Anaheim. On Wednesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo also said New York would delay reopening cinemas while it continued to research the safety of indoor, air-conditioned venues.

United Artists Releasing's 'úBill & Ted Face the Music'Ě also pushed back from Aug. 14 to Aug. 28.

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