Next Star Wars, Avatar Delayed, Mulan Off the Slate

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, July 23, 2020

3825 Reality is catching up with Hollywood this week as we pass denial, anger, bargaining, and everything else to get to the acceptance of the summer 2020 blockbuster season - and probably the holiday theatrical season - not happening.  Mulan has been removed off the slate without a moving release date.  Bill & Ted Face the Music will now get a September VOD release.   But what may interest you, dear readers, is that The Hollywood Reporter reports that:

Mulan was among numerous changes made to Disney's release calendar. All currently scheduled Avatar and Star Wars films are being delayed by a year. Avatar 2 moves from Dec. 17, 2021 to Dec. 16, 2022; Avatar 3 moves from Dec. 22, 2023 to Dec. 20, 2024; Avatar 4 from Dec. 19, 2025 to Dec. 18, 2026; and Avatar 5 from Dec. 17, 2027 to Dec. 22, 2028.


It's arguably not the worst thing that could happen in this situation - tthat would be The Rise of Skywalker. An undercooked Star Wars film is forever undercooked, much like Nintendo proved to us that an early release of a bad game will always be bad.   Team Lucasfilm has so many projects in the works that it was never quite clear which movie would be the next one made, and now it's even less clear - but at least we get to spend a little more time with Mando and the Child before a new movie comes out so we can once again descend into a fan-based civil war that makes us look insane to people who aren't lifers.