‘Mulan’ is heading to Disney+ this September — but it’s going to cost you


This image released by Disney shows Yifei Liu in the title role of “Mulan.” The film is no longer headed for a major theatrical release. The Walt Disney Co. said Tuesday that it will debut its live-action blockbuster on its subscription streaming service, Disney+, on Sept. 4. Customers will have to pay an additional $29.99 on top of the cost of the monthly subscription to rent “Mulan.” (Disney Enterprises, Inc. via AP)

(CNN) — Disney’s “Mulan” has been delayed multiple times this year because of the coronavirus outbreak, but audiences will finally be able to see the blockbuster soon.

It just may not be in the theaters.

Disney announced on Tuesday that the remake of the 1998 animated classic will be heading to Disney+, the company’s new streaming service, for an additional fee of $29.99. The film will be available on Sept. 4.

Bob Chapek, Disney’s CEO, said the pandemic has forced the company to think of “different approaches” to better serve consumers.

“We thought it was important to find alternative ways to bring this exceptional family friendly film to them in a timely manner,” he said on the company’s third quarter earnings call.

Chapek added that “Mulan” will be released simultaneously in theaters in markets where Disney+ is not available and, of course, where theaters are open.

The news of the release came as Disney released brutal quarterly results that showed the extent to which the company’s media empire was ravaged by the pandemic. The company reported that it had a net loss of nearly $5 billion in the third quarter this year.

In addition to its whopping quarterly loss, Disney’s parks business was hit especially hard by COVID-19. Its parks and resort unit lost $3.5 billion in the quarter and the unit’s revenue was down a whopping 85% from the quarter a year prior.

Overall sales for the company fell 42% to $11.8 billion.

One bright spot was Disney+, Disney’s new streaming service, which the company said now has more 60 million subscribers.

While “Mulan” going to Disney+ is big news for Hollywood, it’s yet to be seen if the announcement will have huge ramifications for theaters since Chapek called the film’s release “a one off.”

However, Chapek also said it would interesting to see how sales of the film on Disney’s platform turn out. So consider “Mulan” an experiment for now.

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