LOS ANGELES, KOMPAS.com – Disney’s “Mulan” premiere on the Disney+ streaming platform is poised to change Hollywood forever, according to analysts.
The $200 million film, featuring an all-Asian cast, faced multiple release date delays due to the coronavirus pandemic.
It had originally been due to hit movie theaters in March before Disney eventually moved its release to the Disney+ platform.
Last month, still uncertain over when or if movie-going families would feel safe to return, Disney rocked the industry — and its own cast — by announcing "Mulan" would skip theaters and premiere in living rooms instead.
"The decision for it to go on Disney+ was a big shock I think for a lot of us," said actor Jason Scott Lee, who plays the movie's main villain, adding that the film was "meant to be seen" on the big screen.
"At first it was devastating," Tzi Ma, who plays Mulan's father, told AFP.
"But after a day or so, I thought about the silver lining... with Covid-19, our responsibilities grow. We want to keep everybody safe."
Alongside health concerns is an experiment in on-demand viewing that could dramatically alter the way audiences watch movies.