Aug 5, 2020

Mulan: UK cinemas hit out at 'disappointing' Disney+ release

Disney's decision to release its Mulan remake on its streaming platform has been strongly criticised by the body representing British cinemas. Mr Clapp said: "With cinemas across the UK now continuing to re-open and welcome back their customers, the decision by Walt Disney Studios yesterday to put Mulan on their Disney+ service and not into cinemas will be seen by many as hugely disappointing and mistimed." Commentators have suggested the Mulan move could turn out be a tipping point in the battle between cinema release and streaming. The Guardian described it as "Seismic", Empire magazine said it was "Potentially devastating news for theatre chains and us, the moviegoing public", and The Telegraph accused Disney of "Behaving as though it wants our cinemas to die". On Wednesday, The Hollywood Reporter quoted a letter sent by Disney to UK cinema operators, in which the company reportedly apologised and said the decision was "Not taken lightly".

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