The live action remake of Mulan has been in unreleased turmoil due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we finally have a date, time and price for when certain parts of the world will get access to it.
On 4th September the movie will become available on the streaming platform as an additional $30 purchase. This means that, to access this brand new movie, you will need to pay this fee on top of the regular subscription price.
For countries which are in the enviable situation to have open movie theatres, 4th September will also be the day it launches in cinemas.
While all of this is good news for Mulan fans and others looking for a brand new movie to watch, it’s a sour pill for many of us in countries which don’t have legal access to Disney+ and / or still have our theatres shut due to the coronavirus.
South Africa falls into the “and” category here, with no way to watch this movie legally in September. Even if Disney+ magically became available in the country, the pricing would be rather steep.
At the time of writing $30 converts to R516.79. While it varied wildly a movie in South Africa usually costs around R100 just for the ticket at a cinema, so to make a hypothetical launch of Mulan in South Africa make sense you’d want to have at least five people watching it. This is rather unrealistic due to travel restrictions and the lockdown, unless you already live with four or more people.
And, of course, this would be on top of the subscription price. In the US Disney+ is $7 (~R120.58) per month or $70 (~R1 205.84) per year.
For those who couldn’t care less about Mulan and hope this is a sign of things to come, it isn’t. CNET reports that, in an earnings call, Disney CEO Bob Chapek called Mulan’s situation a “once-off”. He did go on to add that this endeavour will be an opportunity to learn what happens, so there is that hope.
The biggest Disney movie most are waiting for now is Black Widow which still has a 6th November theatrical release planned. Perhaps Mulan will be a massive success and Black Widow will also be released on Disney+, or maybe that’s wishful thinking.