Hollywood was in shock last week, with two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks announcing Wednesday that he and his wife Rita Wilson have been tested positive for the coronavirus. As the COVID-19 outbreak continues, Disney finally decided the next day to delay the release of the much-anticipated remake of Mulan — just hours after its European premiere.
The live-action film was scheduled to open in the US next week, and the screening was previously postponed in Asia due to the initial outbreak. Originally, the epic, starring Chinese superstars Liu Yifei, Donnie Yen, Jet Li and Gong Li, was expected to be a box-office smash in the Asian market. Disney has delayed the releases of The New Mutants and Antlers as well.
Hollywood has already postponed a number of upcoming blockbusters, including new James Bond thriller No Time to Die, the ninth installment in the Fast and Furious series F9, A Quiet Place Part II, Peter Rabbit 2 and The Lovebirds, with enormous financial loss.
(Eddy Chang, Taipei Times)
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