This year has been a disaster for movie studios and cinemas, with films being constantly delayed or moved to on-demand releases. Already this year, Disney has moved “The One and Only Ivan”, “Hamilton” and “Artemis Fowl” onto Disney+ instead of being released in cinemas, in addition to “”Mulan” being released on Disney+ as a premium purchase.
Disney’s upcoming movie schedule has been reshuffled on multiple occasions and following the box office failure of Warner Brothers “Tenet”, which was released in theatres rather than on-demand, there are now reports that Disney is looking to change its plans for the upcoming Pixar animated movie, “Soul”.
According to a recent article by Deadline, it says “There’s also loose talk out there that Disney/Pixar’s Soul could go to Disney+”.
It’s unknown if Soul would be a Premier Access release such as “Mulan”, or just available as part of the regular subscription. This will no doubt depend on how well “Mulan” has sold and if Disney is willing to change their release strategy. There is also another other big issue is that Disney might want to boost what’s available on their streaming platform in November, when many of their subscribers will be coming to the end of their annual passes, since Disney+ launched last November in the United States.
With the Coronavirus situation beginning to cause more problems across Europe and two of the biggest markets in the United States, California and New York, still closed. Will people return to cinemas for Thanksgiving? Disney might not want to take a gamble on releasing “Soul” in theatres, since the film appeals to families, who are less likely to want to risk going to cinemas in a pandemic.
Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom.