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‘Mulan’ to skip theatrical release in most countries, will be streamed on Disney’s OTT platform

Walt Disney Co’s live-action epic Mulan will skip most of the world’s movie theatres and go directly to the company’s streaming platform in September, the media giant said on Tuesday.

U.S. subscribers to Disney+ will need to pay $30 to stream Mulan in their homes, Disney Chief Executive Bob Chapek said on a call with investors after the company reported quarterly earnings.

The cost will vary slightly in other countries including Canada, Australia and New Zealand and in parts of Western Europe, Chapek said.

The decision came amid uncertainty about when big movie theater chains in the United States will be able to reopen after being shuttered since mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Mulan will be released Sept. 4 in movie theatres that do not currently have the Disney+ platform and where movie theatres are back in business, Chapek added.

The movie, reported to have cost $200 million to produce, is a remake of an animated Disney classic about a female Chinese warrior and stars Yifei Liu in the title role.