Mulan will be released on Disney+ for $30 and people are fuming
5 August 2020, 14:55
"Black is King was free. And they think I'm going to pay $30 for Mulan?"
As you probably know, Disney's live-action remake of Mulan was set to be one of the biggest releases of the year. But due to the current coronavirus pandemic, the Mulan release date was pushed back several times.
The highly-anticipated blockbuster was initially set to premiere on March 27, before being rescheduled to July 24 and then August 21.
However, Disney announced that the big premiere will no longer be happening. In fact, Mulan is skipping theatres all together and will be released on Disney+ on September 4. Oh, but there's a catch. Viewers will have to pay $29.99 to watch Mulan – that's on top of the streaming service's monthly fees.
Understandably, the $29.99 price tag didn't go down well.
Black is King was free. And they think ima pay $30 for Mulan... pic.twitter.com/UlT6UH0lJc— masculine sissy (@dntkrossme) August 4, 2020
"THIS MOTHERFUCKER BOUGHT THE LIVE ACTION MULAN FOR 30 DOLLARS!" pic.twitter.com/zahSOB9nVQ— Emily Vasquez: Based and Gothpilled (@PansLittleSis) August 4, 2020
not disney trying to sell me a mushu-less, non-musical mulan for $30 on an app i already pay money for 😂 😂 😂 pic.twitter.com/KVfULM2vHI— joe (@maloonds) August 4, 2020
30 dollars for a Mulan with no songs and no Mushu and no movie theater experience HAHAHAHA yeaaaa it’s a no disney pic.twitter.com/wJcbF6krep— 𝙳𝚎𝚓𝚊𝚑 🖤 (@d3jah_vu) August 4, 2020
So is Disney Plus shipping me concessions if I’m paying $30 for Mulan? pic.twitter.com/05HME3oGGC— Joshua Chenault (@joshuachenault1) August 4, 2020
"Disney's Mulan Live Action Remake will stream on Disney+, forgoing movie theaters"— TRAFON (@RiseFallNick) August 5, 2020
Internet: Oh, ok then
"You must also pay 30 dollars to see it along with having Disney+'s 6.99 subscription"
If you think I’m paying $30 to digitally rent a Mulan movie that isn’t even a musical.... pic.twitter.com/f6ReXxIwQB— taylor (@tailorelaine) August 4, 2020
Others even thought it was a tad unfair that an Asian movie wouldn't get its moment in the spotlight.
I wasn't particularly interested in "Mulan" but it's a bummer that a film of this scope, with an Asian cast, won't have its due - a worldwide theatrical release. We should all pay close attention to the movies whose theatrical releases are protected and those that are not. https://t.co/FmhGhrQx4z— Nia DaCosta (@NiaDaCosta) August 4, 2020
The Mulan thing stinks because I don’t want Disney to get confused between “people don’t want to pay $30 for a movie” and “people don’t want to watch an Asian movie”— jas ✨ (@cheshirecatcruz) August 5, 2020
Mulan was supposed to be a game changer for Asian representation, it would've been huge for Asians everywhere to see a mainstream movie in movie theaters worldwide and most likely pulling massive numbers now it's over fuck this— Brenda/ STREAM CARDIGAN (@SaluteToSwift_) August 4, 2020
Mulan being released as VOD validates an old fear of mine that this movie’s poor marketing+release will let it flop and become the precedent studios point to to undo the marketability of Asians “Crazy Rich Asians,” “Farewell,” and “Parasite” built up.— Gavin D. Pak (@gavindpak) August 4, 2020
There is a little bit of hope, though. Variety reports that in markets where Disney+ isn't available Mulan will play in select cinemas. Disney CEO Bob Chapek also said that Mulan's straight to Disney+ release was an "anomaly" and a "one-off", and does not mean that other movies will be released this way.
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