Entertainment industry hit by virus fears
NEW YORK – Coronavirus (COVID1-19) has badly damaged the entertainment industry – with films, concerts, TV shows and theatre performances postponed or cancelled.
Disney’s Mulan became the latest major film release to be delayed, following Fast & Furious 9, A Quiet Place 2 and the James Bond film No Time To Die.
Broadway shows have shut down, while many TV shows have suspended filming.
Theme parks have also been affected – with Disneyland shutting down all of its attractions.
Here’s a round-up of some of the latest entertainment events to announce delays or cancellations:
The live-action remake of Mulan was set to be one of the biggest film releases of the year.
Until Thursday evening, Disney appeared to be holding firm with the March release, and proceeded with a scaled-back premiere of the film in London.
But shortly after the cast posed for pictures on the red carpet, Disney announced the film was being delayed.
Director Niki Caro said: “We are so excited to share this film with the world, but given the current ever-shifting circumstances we are all experiencing, unfortunately, we have to postpone the worldwide release of Mulan for now.”
Horror films The New Mutants and Antlers were also pushed back, but Disney said it was still aiming for a 2020 release date for all three films.
The release of The Secret Garden, which will star Colin Firth and Julie Walters, has been delayed from April to August.
The Tribeca Film Festival, which had been due to take place in New York in April, has been postponed.