‘Mulan’ remake pushed back amid coronavirus concerns

Following in the footsteps of Universal Pictures with the upcoming James Bond film, No Time to Die, Disney has made the decision to postpone the release of Mulan — the live-action remake of the 1998 Hua Mulan-inspired animation.

The highly anticipated film was originally set to hit cinemas across Canada on March 26; however, due to the growing worldwide threat and concerns surrounding the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, it will now be pushed to a later date.

Niki Caro, the New Zealander director of Mulan, broke the news on Thursday through a heartfelt Instagram post.

“Making this film has been one of the most satisfying and exhilarating experiences of my entire career, and I’ve been so fortunate to be on this journey with some of the best cast and crew in the business — people who truly embody the attributes of loyal, brave, and true,” the 53-year-old wrote.

“We are so excited to share this film with the world, but given the current ever-shifting circumstances we are all experiencing, unfortunately, we have to postpone the worldwide release of Mulan for now.

“Our hearts are with everyone the world over who is affected by this virus, and we hope that Mulan’s fighting spirit will continue to inspire those who are working so hard to keep us all safe.”

The filmmaker concluded with a message of gratitude and hope towards fans of the Mulan franchise.

“Thank you for all of your enthusiasm and support, and I can’t wait for the day where we will all get to experience this tale of a girl warrior who became a legend together.”

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