Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of Mulan could face major losses amid the coronavirus outbreak which began in China.
The March 27 release date has been postponed until further notice, and the country has closed nearly 70,000 cinemas, with plans to keep them closed until at least April.
The budget for Mulan exceeds $200 million, making it the company’s most expensive adaptation to date.
Niki Caro’s take on Mulan features an all-Asian cast, somewhat departing from Disney’s usual releases, and also rates as a PG-13.
“The upside is that China will release all of these movies down the road, Dergarabedian continued, “but right now the whole release slate is in flux and there are no hard dates that they can put on these films.”
Elsewhere, coronavirus has affected the theatrical box office in Italy as well, which has seen a 75% decrease in takings, against the same period last year.
Over half the country’s cinema screens have been closed, as Italy now has the third-biggest number of cases after China and South Korea.