Disney’s upcoming release calendar is undergoing some, necessary, shifts and they’ve announced a slew of new dates for films to look forward to.
Much like Sony and Paramount did earlier this week, Disney has made some decisions on new release dates for their films over the next couple years. As COVID-19 has forced theaters to close around the world, studios have been scrambling to figure out new timeframes for films to hit. Some of the delays Disney have made are relatively small, while others are a bit further than expected:
Mulan – July 24, 2020
The French Dispatch – October 16, 2020
Free Guy – December 11, 2020
Jungle Cruise – July 30, 2021
Indiana Jones 5 – July 29, 2022
So yeah, it sucks to see Jungle Cruise get pushed back a full year, but it seems like the kind of fun, pulpy film that does great in Summer time. That’s not to mention it’d be tough to squeeze it anywhere else considering all the shifts to the MCU films. Then there’s Indiana Jones which seems to be perpetually pushed back (at one point it was supposed to arrive in 2019)!
What’s interesting are the films they HAVEN’T moved. Pixar’s Soul is still slated to arrive in June, and to be honest…I don’t see that happening. Hell, even Mulan’s new July date seems a bit too optimistic. Spielberg’s West Side Story and Ridley Scott’s The Final Duel both remain on track for their December releases.
So far The New Mutants, Antlers, Woman in the Window, and The Personal History of David Copperfield still don’t have new dates set. While I haven’t heard anything specifically…I wouldn’t be surprised to see those offered up in digital formats.
Speaking of which, Disney has also announced that their upcoming adaptation of Artemis Fowl is skipping theaters altogether and will be going straight to Disney+. There’s no date set for it’s streaming debut, but it’s certainly crazy to see.
Which of these Disney films are you looking forward to seeing most when theaters are back?