A number of the upcoming Disney live-action remakes could also be launched on Disney +
Including starring Emma Stone "Cruella".
After first accessing Disney + debut of the huge, international action blockbuster Mulan and the "regular Disney +" debut of the huge, critically acclaimed Pixar film on Christmas Day soulIt is clear that Disney is investing a ton more resources in its streaming services, which is only compounded by lost revenue and difficulties during the pandemic period. But now it sounds like Disney is taking this “skip the theaters, go straight to Disney +” strategy even further. Deadline reports on discussions within Disney about sending three major feature films directly to Disney + instead of any future theatrical releases: Cruella, Pinocchio, and Peter Pan and Wendy.
Cruella, director: Craig Gillespiethrows Emma Stone than the icon 101 Dalmatians Villain Cruella de Vil in a live-action genesis story; Pinocchio, director Robert Zemeckis, marks another reunion with a star Tom Hanks;; and Peter Pan and Wendy are directed by David Lowery and star Yara Shahidi as Tinkerbell. While conversations have been overheard from various sources about the relocation of these three films to Disney +, let alone whether they premiered as part of Premier Access or are just on main service, Disney itself has not made any official comment.
Image via Warner Bros.
That news comes after another postponement of the bomb streaming service – the debut of Warner Bros. Wonder Woman 1984 on HBO Max this Christmas to battle soul in the battle against streaming attention – and this is yet another shift in attention and priority from theaters to streaming, especially in our ongoing battle to contain this damn virus in the air. With few movie theaters open and parks still closed, Disney + is currently one of the remaining sources of income for the studio, and it makes sense in the short term why they would consider this move for this trio of films (and that too) makes sense support the ever-growing Disney + with premium content as we've only seen their numbers grow with Mulan and high budget programs like The Mandalorian).
But what does this mean for our long-term journey – which, given the latest vaccine developments, might be shorter than we think – to the sanctity of cinemas? About the cultural power that Disney possesses? About the confidence in these films? And what will we do for storytelling and entertainment in the years to come? I hope this isn't a major domino decline in our shift to home entertainment versus theater entertainment because the power and influence of theater is something I believe we all need and will hold on to when it is is safe again. Let's hope Disney keeps its next investments as diversified as possible so that we have all the options beyond Disney +. At least let's move on Black widow in theaters when it's safe, yes?
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