Disney Announces Its Updated Release Schedule in Light of COVID-19 Pandemic

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus has had quite an impact on the entertainment industry. Not only has the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of major events like this year's SXSW and Electronic Entertainment Expo, but it's also forced studios to delay the release of upcoming films and shut down the production of upcoming film and television projects.

Forced to push back a majority of its film releases including highly anticipated Marvel movies like Black Widow, Disney has decided to announce and confirm a new release schedule for its upcoming films. Posting on its website, Disney shared an updated release schedule.

Mulan which was originally set for release last month has been rescheduled to premiere on July 24, 2020. Black Widow has been pushed back to November 6, 2020. The Eternals, in turn, has been moved to February 12, 2021.

Here's the full list of films that Disney has set for this year.

Soul (Disney and Pixar)—June 19, 2020

Mulan (Disney)—July 24, 2020

Empty Man (20th Century Studios)—August 7, 2020

The One and Only Ivan (Disney)—August 14, 2020

The Beatles: Get Back (Disney)—September 4, 2020

The King's Man (20th Century Studios)—September 18, 2020

Death on the Nile (20th Century Studios)—October 9, 2020

The French Dispatch (Searchlight Pictures)—October 16, 2020

Everybody's Talking About Jamie (20th Century Studios)—October 23, 2020

Black Widow (Marvel Studios)—November 6, 2020

Deep Water (20th Century Studios)—November 13, 2020

Raya and the Last Dragon (Walt Disney Animation Studios)—November 25, 2020

Free Guy (20th Century Studios)—December 11, 2020

West Side Story (20th Century Studios)—December 18, 2020

The Last Duel (20th Century Studios)—December 25, 2020 (limited)

It seems like Disney is hoping that the coronavirus pandemic finally slows down this summer, because the first film it has slated for this year is set for the middle of June. We hope that the outbreak does manage to slow down by then. The lockdown is taking a toll on everyone, not just on the entertainment industry. The economy is suffering heavily with everyone forced to stay at home and self-quarantine.

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