Will Disney+ Ever Have Another ‘Premium On-Demand’ Premiere? Here’s What We Know About Movies Like ‘Soul’ and ‘West Side Story’
The wait is finally over, Disney fans. Mulan is now available with “Premier Access” on Disney’s streaming platform. Will more Disney movies make their “Premier Access” debut? According to one representative, this may be the case for movies like Black Widow, Soul, and West Side Story.
Disney’s live-action ‘Mulan’ premiered on their streaming platform — with ‘Premier Access’
This loyal, brave, and true warrior finally has a home on Disney’s streaming platform. After a few delayed premiere dates, Walt Disney Studios launched their “Premier Access” alongside Disney+. That means for an additional fee of $29.99, fans can watch the live-action adaptation of Mulan from the comfort of their own homes. And as many times as they’d like, too!
“In order to meet the needs of consumers during this unpredictable period, we thought it was important to find alternative ways to bring this exceptional family-friendly film to them in a timely manner,” Disney CEO Bob Chapek said on the company’s earnings call, according to the Morning Journal. “We see this as an opportunity to bring this incredible film to a broad audience currently unable to go to movie theaters.”
What does ‘Premier Access’ mean for movies like ‘Black Widow’ and ‘Soul?’
Mulan wasn’t the only film impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. A number of movies have since paused their theatrical release. That includes the Marvel blockbuster, Black Widow, and the Pixar animated film, Soul.
Black Widow and Soul were both scheduled to release a few weeks after Mulan, so that means they could potentially make their Disney+ “Premier Access” debut at a later date. According to Movie Web, one live chat representative said, “For now we have Mulan, but when time goes by, the Premier Access will be more updated.”
There’s also the question of future Disney-owned movies that may or may not make it to theaters on schedule. The Stephen Speilberg adaptation of West Side Story was originally slated for a December 2020 release, now, that timeline may be skewed because of other movies premiering in cinemas during that time.
Disney released a number of movies ahead of schedule on the streaming platform, without the extra cost to subscribers
Some movies debuted on the subscription service months ahead of schedule. That includes Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton, which premiered just in time for the 4th of July weekend. Disney and Pixar’s Onward went from theaters, to being available for purchase digitally, to Disney+ in a matter of weeks.
There were also Fall/Winter 2019 blockbusters, like Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and Disney’s Frozen 2, which premiered on the subscription service less than a year later. Presumably, more movies and television shows will be added to the library within the coming weeks and months.
Mulan is now available on Disney’s streaming platform with Premier Access. To learn more about Disney+, “Premier Access,” and to subscribe, visit their website.