The COVID-19 pandemic has made many businesses, corporations, even just people in general, improvise on most things. Restaurants can have a taste of regularly serving people if it’s outside, stores can open per usual if everyone wears a mask inside, but movies? It’s a bit trickier for movie theaters to improvise.
We lost many movies this spring and summer: Black Widow, Ghost Busters: Afterlife, No Time To Die… the list goes on. Instead, theaters had to take a back seat while streaming services came to save the day, and save everyone’s boredom.
Some movies that were meant for theaters this spring and summer have instead been released on streaming services, but at a high price.
SCOOB! is available for purchase on Amazon prime. The King of Staten Island starring Pete Davidson is available on Amazon prime. Artemis Fowl came to Disney+ in June. Onward with Tom Holland and Chris Pratt came out on Disney+.
One of the most anticipated movies of the year that unfortunately had to be pushed back due to the pandemic was Disney’s live action adaptation of Mulan. Mulan had an original release date for March 27, but recently Disney has decided to release the film on Disney+, due to them reaching 60.5 million subscribers.
According to Variety, “Bob Chapek said that Mulan will premiere on the service on a “premiere access” basis on Sept. 4 for $29.99.”
“We’re looking at Mulan as a one-off, as opposed to saying there’s some new business windowing model that we’re looking at,” Chapek said. Chapek also said they would take this as a learning experience, to offer viewers a $29.99 additional cost to see the movie.
Due to their large number of subscribers, Disney+ is optimistic about their future in the streaming game and will look for more innovative ways to offer movies to their subscribers. One of the plans they have is to offer movies on a direct-to-consumer basis in 2021. From Variety, Chapek said that the content would come from Disney owned places, such ABC Studios, Freeform, FX, Searchlight and 20th Century Studios.
For now, people subscribed to Disney+ can enjoy Mulan when it comes out on Sept. 4 for $29.99.