Having been pulled from its theatrical release indefinitely last month, Disney has announced that its live-action Mulan movie will be skipping theaters and instead making its debut on the Disney+ streaming service.
Unlike Artemis Fowl however, this won’t be a freebie for subscribers, as the live-action remake of the 1998 animated film will be released on the service on September 4th for the price of $29.99.
“We’re looking at Mulan as a one-off, as opposed to saying there’s some new business windowing model that we’re looking at,” said Disney CEO Bob Chapek, explaining the decision behind the release plans. “We find it very interesting to take a premiere offering to consumers at that $29.99 price and learn from it.”
As well as announcing the Mulan release, Chapek also revealed that Disney+ has attracted 60 million paid subscribers since its launch late last year. How many of those will be happy and willing to fork out an extra $29.99 for Mulan, we shall see this September…
When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from Northern invaders, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. Masquerading as a man, Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must harness her inner-strength and embrace her true potential. It is an epic journey that will transform her into an honored warrior and earn her the respect of a grateful nation…and a proud father. “Mulan” features a celebrated international cast that includes: Yifei Liu as Mulan; Donnie Yen as Commander Tung; Jason Scott Lee as Böri Khan; Yoson An as Cheng Honghui; with Gong Li as Xianniang and Jet Li as the Emperor. The film is directed by Niki Caro from a screenplay by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Elizabeth Martin & Lauren Hynek based on the narrative poem “The Ballad of Mulan.”