As coronavirus cases surge across the globe and theaters start closing again, Disney is reportedly considering pushing some of their big upcoming movies to their Disney+ streaming service.
Deadline claims the studio is mulling have Cruella, Peter Pan and Wendy, and Pinocchio skip theatrical releases in favor of Disney+ premieres. All three films are live-action spins on Disney animated classics.
“It isn’t clear at the moment whether the films will be offered free to Disney+ subscribers, as was done with the Pete Docter-directed Pixar film Soul, or for a premium charge as was done with Mulan,” Deadline reports. “Still, it’s a bombshell development in the fast changing theatrical/streaming landscape.”
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Cruella, directed by Craig Gillespie and starring Emma Stone as a pre-101 Dalmatians version of the dog-napping villainess, is currently slated for a May 28, 2021, theatrical release.
Pinocchio, a live-action remake of Disney’s 1940 animated classic, is directed by Robert Zemeckis and stars Tom Hanks as Geppetto.
Peter Pan and Wendy is a live-action remake of the studio’s 1953 film that will be directed by David Lowery (Pete’s Dragon) and stars Yara Shahidi as Tinker Bell.
Mulan was originally slated for a theatrical release last March before theaters closed. While Disney hasn’t released precise numbers on how Mulan fared on Disney+, studio brass recently said they were happy with the results.
Originally slated to open in cinemas this month in cinemas, Pixar’s Soul will debut on Disney+ on Christmas Day instead.