All the new Disney films delayed by coronavirus - and when they’ll be released

Wednesday, 29th July 2020, 11:55 am
Updated Wednesday, 29th July 2020, 11:56 am
Disney has now rescheduled the release of some of its biggest and most highly anticipated films. (Shutterstock)

The coronavirus outbreak caused many industries to temporarily shut down, and the film world was no exception.

With cinemas closed to stop the spread of the virus, many upcoming films were later released online, postponed indefinitely or to a later date.

Disney has now rescheduled the release of some of its biggest and most highly anticipated films - here’s the full list.

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The 2020 live action remake of the popular 1998 disney film, was set to be released on 21 August, but it has now been removed from this year's film calendar entirely.

There is also currently no indication that the film will be made available to watch on streaming service, Disney+.

A Disney spokesperson told Deadline, “Over the last few months, it’s become clear that nothing can be set in stone when it comes to how we release films during this global health crisis, and today that means pausing our release plans for Mulan as we assess how we can most effectively bring this film to audiences around the world.”

Star Wars

Disney has also pushed the untitled Star Wars trilogy movies back by a year each, with the release date of the first film - reportedly to be directed by New Zealand born Taika Waititi - moving from 16 December 2022 to 22 December 2023.

The second film in the series will subsequently also be postponed, moving from 20 December 2024 to 19 December 2025. The third and final film will shift its release date from 18 December 2026 to 17 December 2027.


The highly anticipated and long awaited sequels to James Cameron’s Avatar have experienced constant delays and schedule changes due to the pandemic, making fans wait even longer, after 11 years since the first film was released in 2009.

The first instalment was originally due to be released in December 2020, however this has now changed to 17 December 2021.

Which Disney films will go ahead with their set release dates?

New Mutants, a horror film based on the Marvel Comics will be arriving on the big screen on 28 August, while The King's Man (a spy action comedy film directed by Matthew Vaughn) will go ahead as planned on 18 September 2020.

The sequel to Murder on the Orient Express, Death On The Nile, will arrive in cinemas in the UK on 9 October 2020.

Meanwhile the first feature film to focus on Scarlett Johansson’s Avengers character, Black Widow, will be released on 28 October 2020.