Unlike Warner Bros. that have gone the whole hog and announced they will release all 2021 movies on HBO Max Disney look set to announce changes on a per film bases.
Also unlike Warner Disney are to put the movie on a premium channel, which means not only will you need a £4.99 a month subscription you will also need to pay something like £30 extra to see the movie.
From a studios perspective there are 2 issues, you have a lot of films that have not been released due to the pandemic of 2020, so release them fast and allow the consumer to decide if they watch at home to in a movie theatre.
Some of these movies cost million to make, you ave to get as much back as possible, so you charge extra to watch them on a streaming service, its still cheaper, although debatable if its as much fun, as taking the family to the cinema.
This is also a way for studios to experiment with streaming, does it work or not, but whichever way you look at it, its going to be bad news for the owners of movie theatres who will struggle with a reduced number of people buying tickets and all the other concessions that go with a trip to the movies.
Raya And The Last Dragon is set for release 12th March 2021 in theatres and on Disney+ Premier
1st November 2020
Due to restriction enforcement in England set by the Government due to large increases in COVID-19 cases cinemas in the UK will be closing their doors for the second time in 2020 from November 5th.
The restrictions, at the moment, are to be set in place until 2nd December, but there is every possibility that when it comes to public places like shops, bars and yes cinemas, it will take a bit longer to open up.
This means that there will likely be no box office to report in the coming weeks, and the reopening which could take a couple of weeks, will be slow with very few blockbuster film released.
Which films is this going to effect? It has been mainly small indie film which have enjoyed the exposure over the last couple of months, and in the coming week there were no sizeable film scheduled.
Ryan Reynolds next movie Free Guy is coming on 11th December, things may have re-opened by a week by then but this could be sent to 2021, also there is every possibility that it could see a digital release
On the 18th of December there is Death On The Nile from Kenneth Branagh, which may see a schedule change and just as easily it could go direct to streaming.
Coming 2 America has been sold to Amazon Prime and will make its debut on that platform around the same time frame.
Wonder Woman 1984 is the next big blockbuster due for release and there is every possibility that this will be pushed to spring 2021 , altohugh if this happens then there will be another round of schedule changes as we have Raya And The Last Dragon, Morbius and the much delayed No Time To Die all set around to debut around Spring.
Its yet another blow for the cinema industry and with many major companies already struggling how many closures can cinemas handle before going down.
Streaming is not the way most people want to see big blockbusters, but we also want to feel safe when we go out to enjoy a new movie, time will tell but lets hope this closure controls the virus and cinemas make the necessary safety measures so we can enjoy what could be a blockbuster packed 2021.
Disappointed to confirm that @Cinema_UK members in England - who like cinemas across the UK have done so much to deliver a safe and enjoyable big screen experience - will now be required to close from Thursday 5 November to Wednesday 2 December. #LoveCinema— Cinema UK (@Cinema_UK) November 1, 2020
21st October 2020
As promised Disney have released the first trailer for Raya And The Last Dragon which they will release into cinemas March 12th 2021.
The story follows a fearless warrior and she searches a fantasy land for the last dragon in the world.
Check out the action packed trailer below.
Featuring the voices of Kelly Marie Tran (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) as the fearless warrior Raya and Awkwafina (Jumanji: The Next Level) as the dragon Sisu.
The trailer is full of action and definitely has that magical look and story telling that Disney has become known for.
Its looking like it will be a big hit for Disney in spring next year, if the cinemas re-opening allow, otherwise it could be straight to Disney+!.
20th October 2020
The first poster has been released for upcoming movie Raya And The Last Dragon which can seen on the right.
The movie is directed by Paul Briggs and Dean Wellins and has a cast including the likes of Awkwafina and Cassie Steele.
After all the recent moving around of big blockbuster release dates the movie has settled for 12th March 2021 to hit cinemas.
This poster is released ahead of the first trailer which is going to make its debut on GMA Wednesday 21st October.
In a fantasy land called Kumandra, split into five different regions, a warrior named Raya searches for the last dragon in the world.
Check out the movie page for more information on this film.
Disney are at it again moving Pixar's Soul from June 19th to November 20th and their own Raya And The Last Dragon to March 12th 2021.
This first move, Soul, is an interesting one, Disney recently moved their tentpole picture Mulan to 24th July, I guess they are presuming cinemas will be open again by then, but by moving Soul they seem to be suggesting that things will still be on lockdown in mid June?
The move also puts the film in direct competition with Godzilla Vs. Kong, and since that film has been moved once already I suspect unfortunately that the film may well go direct to streaming, a lot depends how long the lockdown lasts though.
Raya And The Last Dragon was due for a late November release and it makes sense to move the film to 2021.
The scheduling issue are starting to get a bit of a nightmare mind as this move to Raya puts it in loose competition with many tentpole films from various studios, and means that early 2021 is starting to get very crowded.
Expect more re-scheduling from studios as there is still no sign of cinemas opening in the coming weeks.
Raya and the Last Dragon in theaters March 12, 2021. pic.twitter.com/9S1Sm9Qniu— Walt Disney Studios (@DisneyStudios) April 13, 2020