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‘Mulan’ Will Be Available to All Disney Plus Subscribers in December for No Extra Cost, eyes China Theatrical Release in Mid-September.

‘Mulan’ Will Be Available to All Disney Plus Subscribers in December for No Extra Cost, eyes China Theatrical Release in Mid-September.

‘Mulan’ Will Be Available to All Disney Plus Subscribers in December for No Extra Cost, eyes China Theatrical Release in Mid-September.

‘Mulan’ Will Be Available to All Disney Plus Subscribers in December for No Extra Cost, eyes China Theatrical Release in Mid-September.

Disney Plus customers who shell out $30 for “Mulan” starting Friday, Sept. 4, will get the first look at the live-action remake — but in three months, all subscribers to the streaming service will get access to “Mulan” for no extra charge.

Starting Sept. 4, “Mulan” will be available to Disney Plus subscribers who pay the additional $29.99 early-access fee, on top of the regular $6.99-per-month subscription. “Your access to ‘Mulan’ will continue as long as you are an active Disney Plus subscriber,” the Disney Plus website says.

The “Mulan” Premier Access offer will be available until Nov. 2. Then, as of Dec. 4, 2020, “Mulan” will be available to all Disney Plus subscribers for no additional cost, according to an updated page on the service’s site, as previously spotted by the Verge.

Last month, Disney announced that it would release “Mulan” first as an early-access option on Disney Plus, bypassing theatrical distribution after several delays in its release schedule stemming from the COVID crisis.

For Disney, the unanswered question is how many Disney Plus subscribers will decide to pay $30 for early access to “Mulan” instead of waiting three months — and whether the media conglomerate might have been able to pull in more if it had pushed out the premium VOD window longer.

The movie can be purchased directly from Disney at disneyplus.com, as well as via third-party platforms including Apple, Google, and Roku. (Amazon is not currently a distribution partner for “Mulan.”)

Internationally, the early-access pricing for “Mulan” will be slightly lower than in the U.S. In France, however, the film will not be available until Dec. 4 (when it’s unlocked for all Disney Plus customers as part of the base package) because the company’s PVOD plan was opposed by theater owners in that country.

The “Mulan” Premiere Access release is designed to help Disney recoup the movie’s estimated $200 million production budget, as theaters in the U.S. and other parts of the world largely have been shuttered because of the coronavirus. The movie will get a theatrical release in mainland China, where it’s set to open Sept. 11.

The film, directed by Niki Caro, is a live-action reimagining of Disney’s 1998 animated feature (which is streaming on Disney Plus along with “Mulan II,” released in 2005 in the U.S.). Like the original, the new “Mulan” follows a young warrior in China who disguises herself as a man to spare her elderly father from having to serve in the military.

The “Mulan” international cast includes Yifei Liu as Mulan; Donnie Yen as Commander Tung, Tzi Ma as Zhou, Jason Scott Lee as Böri Khan, Yoson An as Honghui, and Ron Yuan as Sergeant Qiang — featuring Gong Li as Xianniang and Jet Li as the Emperor. The screenplay is by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, based on the spec script by Lauren Hynek and Elizabeth Martin and inspired by the narrative poem “The Ballad of Mulan.” Producers are Chris Bender, Jake Weiner, and Jason Reed, with Bill Kong, Barrie M. Osborne, Tim Coddington, and Mario Iscovich serving as executive producers

Disney’s Chinese-themed “Mulan” will hit mainland Chinese theaters in just a few days’ time, and only one week after “Tenet.”

According to Chinese exhibitors, “Mulan” will open in theaters on Sept. 11. They said that they received notification Wednesday from state-owned distributor China Film Corp., though official websites have not yet been updated. Online ticketing firms such as Mtime and Alibaba’s Taopiaopiao have also not yet reflected the date confirmation.

Chinese theaters reopened on July 20 and are now operating normally, albeit with coronavirus-mandated seating restrictions that limit seating capacity to 50%. Local film, “The Eight Hundred” is currently dominating screens. It was the highest-grossing film in the world last weekend with a $70.5 million haul, and Tuesday passed the $300 million milestones. “Tenet” releases in China on Friday (Sept. 4). A newly released poster for the Niki Caro-directed “Mulan” confirms its playdate, and shows it set to play in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D versions.

A teaser poster recently unveiled when the film had received censorship approval but not a release date, was widely derided by fans who described it as ugly. The new poster features Crystal Liu Yifei as warrior princess Mulan on horseback in front of a charging army, and Liu a second time, bracketed between Chinese stars Donnie Yen and Gong Li.

The film should have reached Chinese and North American theaters in a day-and-date coordinated release in March this year. But the release was delayed several times over by the coronavirus outbreak.

Disney last month took the controversial decision to forgo a theatrical release in several territories and release it instead as a premium video-on-demand offering to Disney Plus subscribers from Sept. 4. That option, however, only applies in territories where Disney Plus is already operational, leaving others such as China, Russia, and Turkey as possible theatrical markets.

Within Asia, “Mulan” will have theatrical releases in Singapore and Thailand on Sept. 4.

It is not just the poster that has proved controversial. Some aspects of the story and the film’s redrawing of certain beloved characters have annoyed fans. In the summer last year, Liu attracted significant fire when she posted a message on social media that appeared to support the Hong Kong police in cracking down on pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

Liu’s stance was very much in tune with mainland Chinese politics, but outside the country was regarded as a betrayal of Mulan as an independent-spirited character. The reaction was especially strong in Hong Kong, Thailand, and South Korea, where demonstrators gathered outside Disney’s distribution offices in Seoul.

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