Mulan, the live action remake of the popular Disney animated film from 1998, is coming to Disney+ in September. Sort of.
The film was originally scheduled to arrive in theaters at the end of March, and a premiere was even held on March 9. But coronavirus pandemic postponed the planned release of the movie, which has been pushed back multiple times since.
On August 4, during its earnings call, Disney made the shocking announcement that Mulan would come out September 4 on Disney+ as a “premium VOD” release that was set at the unusually high price point of $29.99. Disney announced earlier this month that Disney+ subscribers could rent Mulan through Apple, Roku, and Google, although not through Amazon’s Fire TV platform.
The arrival of Mulan will represent a test for a new movie business model, with the potential for major changes to how movies are released.
Here are some other major titles coming to Disney+ in the month of September:
D2: The Mighty Ducks and D3: The Mighty Ducks (September 4). The original kid hockey movie The Mighty Ducks is already available on Disney+, but its two sequels will join it next month.
The Wolverine (September 4). The X-Men movies have been slowly making their way to Disney+ in recent months, and the next one is 2013’s The Wolverine, the one that had Hugh Jackman’s clawed superhero in Japan.
Never Been Kissed (September 4). Also joining Disney+ the first week of the month is this hit 1999 romantic comedy, starring Drew Barrymore as a 25-year-old newspaper reporter sent undercover to high school.
Earth to Ned (September 4). This new original series is a talk show starring a pair of puppet aliens, who interview celebrities and therefore get distracted from their plans to take over the world. The Jim Henson Company and Jim Henson’s Creature Shop created the puppet characters.
Muppets Now (September 4). The new Muppets series may not have set the world on fire when it premiered last month, but the series will wrap up its first season with its season finale, called Socialized.
Bend It Like Beckham (September 18). The 2002 soccer comedy, starring Parminder Nagra and Keira Knightley, was a modern soccer take on The Jazz Singer, and it arrives on Disney+ on the 18.
Secret Society of Second-Born Royals (September 25.) This live-action original movie, from the Disney Channel side of the Disney ecosystem, features a group of second-born members of royal families who turn out to have hidden superpowers. The movie stars Olivia Deeble, Peyton Elizabeth Lee, Skylar Astin, and Élodie Yung.
Stephen Silver, a technology writer for The National Interest, is a journalist, essayist and film critic, who is also a contributor to Philly Voice, Philadelphia Weekly, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Living Life Fearless, Backstage magazine, Broad Street Review and Splice Today. The co-founder of the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle, Stephen lives in suburban Philadelphia with his wife and two sons. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenSilver.