In a case of good news and bad news for fans anxiously awaiting the arrival of the latest live-action remake of a classic property from the studio, Disney has announced that Niki Caro’s Mulan will be making its debut on Disney+ for an extra price on top of its subscription rate, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Disney CEO Bob Chapek recently revealed in an earnings call that Disney+ currently has 60.5 million global subscribers.
The film was originally set to hit theaters in November 2018 before being delayed due to competing titles and subsequently saw multiple delays as a result of the global pandemic shuttering theaters, most recently being pulled from the release calendar at the end of July. In the most recent earnings call at the House of Mouse, the studio revealed they had elected to forgo a theatrical release in many major territories as well as circumventing other VOD retailers (Amazon, Vudu, Fandango, etc) in favor of debuting the film on their streaming platform in the US, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and various Western European countries for a $30 premium fee.
“ Despite the ongoing challenges of the pandemic, we’ve continued to build on the incredible success of Disney+ as we grow our global direct-to-consumer businesses ,” Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Chapek said in a statement. “ The global reach of our full portfolio of direct-to-consumer services now exceeds an astounding 100 million paid subscriptions — a significant milestone and a reaffirmation of our DTC strategy, which we view as key to the future growth of our company. ”
Though Mulan will be making its debut on Disney+ in many major areas, those in which it doesn’t it will still hit theaters at a date which currently has yet to be announced.
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 led by Liu Yifei ( The Forbidden Kingdom , Once Upon a Time ) was cast as Hua Mulan following a year-long global casting search. Joining her are Donnie Yen ( Rogue One: A Star Wars Story ) as Commander Tung; Jason Scott Lee ( Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny ) as Böri Khan; Yoson An ( The Meg ) as Cheng Honghui; with Gong Li ( Memoirs of a Geisha , Raise the Red Lantern ) as Xianniang and Jet Li ( Shaolin Temple , Lethal Weapon 4 ) 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.”
Mulan lands on Disney+ on September 4 for a fee of $30.