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Mulan is Coming to Disney+ in September, But You'll Have to Pay an Additional Fee

Mulan is Coming to Disney+ in September, But You'll Have to Pay an Additional Fee

By Simon Hung

Disney's long-awaited live-action remake of Mulan is finally being released this September, but not exactly how the studio or fans envisioned.

Originally slated for theatrical release in March but delayed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mulan will instead be released on Disney+ on September 4, but there is a catch – you'll have to pay an additional $29.99 USD fee to watch it on the streaming service.

The news was announced by Disney CEO Bob Chapek in an earnings call on August 4 and a Disney representative later clarified that the fee will not act as a rental, but you'll have unlimited access to viewing Mulan as long as you have an active Disney+ subscription.

Canada was confirmed as one of the regions where the movie will premiere on Disney+, but Canadian pricing has not been finalized – for reference, $29.99 USD would equate to approximately $39.99 CAD after conversion. At first glance, the pricing does seem steep, but not completely outrageous for families, as $39.99 is about how much it costs for three general admission tickets at Cineplex.

While Mulan isn't the first movie to transition to a streaming release during the pandemic, it is the first big-budget title to change course to a digital release, as the film had an estimated budget of $200 million USD and was projected to rake in over $85 million USD during its opening weekend in March before movie theatres were shut down across North America.

Although Chapek called Mulan's release a "one-off" and not a permanent strategy shift, it will be an interesting experiment for Disney and other movie studios to gauge whether this release model is profitable, as many movie-goers are reluctant to visit theatres in the midst of a pandemic. If successful, there is a distant possibility that Disney could dabble with the idea of releasing more delayed films on Disney+ at an additional cost like Black Widow and Jungle Cruise.

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Source: Disney, with reports from Insider

39 Comments

    • They didn't hire a white person to play Mulan? like Goku?
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    • Poppwl wrote: They didn't hire a white person to play Mulan? like Goku?
      @Talamasca gave a reason why in the thread for Guy Ritchie's Aladdin movie


      In the wake of #OscarsSoWhite and multiple casting controversies (Emma Stone as an Asian!), it's all about the optics when it comes to casting now. When they were in pre-production for the live-action remake of Mulan, they were seriously considering introducing a white character so the general audience would have someone to relate to. This was quickly and thankfully kiboshed when word spread.
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    • But will they be surrounding the asian female lead with all white actors?
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    • sharpshooter88 wrote: But will they be surrounding the asian female lead with all white actors?
      I don't recall seeing any white people in the Disney animated Mulan so I am guessing no but I could be wrong.
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    • Matt Damon is growing out his hair as we speak so he can play Shang! :D
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    • I guess Scarlett Johansson was unavailable. The Chinese actress does look pretty hot, though.
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    • sharpshooter88 wrote: But will they be surrounding the asian female lead with all white actors?
      They'll probably be halfies or full Asian guys with an extreme amount of surgery to look as white as possible.
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    • Fail...I think Miley Cyrus would make a good whitewashed Mulan...

      #bringbackwhitewashing
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    • At least she's Asian
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    • Looking forward to seeing both Donnie Yen and Jet Li is this film. Wonder how many times they have collaborated on projects?
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    • I can get behind this. Looks promising.
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    • Looks horribly westernized. Not to my liking.
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    • Looks like it maybe another film pandering to boosting Chinese tourism.
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    • I'm no expert on Chinese movies but it does strike me at a first glance as a very generic Chinese historical action flick. Like if you remove the name "Mulan" and "Disney", it could probably pass as that.
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    • ^ I think that is truly the goal. If you got rid of the English and hit the mute button and watched the trailer it would probably pass. Reminds me of Matt Damon's movie "The Great Wall". LOL
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    • Mr_Fanta wrote: ^ I think that is truly the goal. If you got rid of the English and hit the mute button and watched the trailer it would probably pass. Reminds me of Matt Damon's movie "The Great Wall". LOL
      Wait... they put a White guy in this film? lol...
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    • Mr_Fanta wrote: ^ I think that is truly the goal. If you got rid of the English and hit the mute button and watched the trailer it would probably pass. Reminds me of Matt Damon's movie "The Great Wall". LOL
      Yeah that makes sense I remember now that they said this movie wouldn't be musical like the other Live Action remakes which took the same formula as the animated ones. It's not a bad decision per se, but it does make the movie stand out compared to its other peers. Feels less like "a family" of movies.
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    • I don't know. When I see her facial expressions, they are too much like a Michael Bay film. Let's look cool and serious as we dodge the arrows and make matrix style flips and dodges.
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    • I just marked down the opening date on my free milk calendar. March 27, 2020. I am unaware of any changes and I have not done any research.

      The last time I watched a trailer was at least a year ago.

      There are things I hope and want to see but I am not going to say anything. They should be in post-production and I don't want my expectation to skew anything.

      Posters and trailers could be very deceiving. I need the official vision and/or audio of the entire feature including opening and ending credits.

      Looking forward to the film!
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    • Man, this should put the Donnie Yen over exposure to a cap for a good while. First, there was Ip Man 4. Then some folks in Asia got to see Donnie Yen fight in a fat suit. And then, there's Mulan. That's a lot of Donnie Yen in a span of 3 months.
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    • wonder if Disney is going to postpone the release.
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    • jenviea wrote: THR reports this'll be Disney's first translation from animated to live action to be rated PG-13

      https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/ ... es-1279892
      The Chinese will never accept the animated version of Mulan we watched as kids.

      This version totally turned into typical Chinese war drama and stay way closer to the folklore than the animated film did to appease CCP.
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    • July seems too soon, if it's bad enough for the Olympics to be postponed that month will folks be comfortable enough to go to movie theatres then?
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    • I could see it getting moved again, though Disney still has Soul on track to release in June. They likely want to be the first one out with a blockbuster or hoping it can in China. Quite certain it won’t go straight to D+.
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    • I used to read Cinefex "the journal of cinematic illusions" before visual effects became 99% pixels

      Because real world events there's a weird situation where the spoilery detailed making of a couple of films (Mulan, New Mutants) is printed before regular audiences have had a chance to see 'em

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      https://cinefex.com/backissues/issue170.htm
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    • GinaL65894 wrote: I could see it getting moved again, though Disney still has Soul on track to release in June. They likely want to be the first one out with a blockbuster or hoping it can in China. Quite certain it won’t go straight to D+.
      Soul was moved to Nov. The box office test case will be Unhinged starting July 10, if it bombs everyone will be scrambling to move their release dates again I suspect.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdxDXoODKN8
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