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‘Hollywood, The Sequel:’ Disney’s ‘Mulan’ Producer Jason Reed On The Film’s Delay And What The Film Industry During COVID Means For Gig Workers




(L-R) Crystal Rao, Chen Tang, Nelson Lee, Jimmy Wong, Rosalind Chao, Yoson An, Jet Li, Yifei Liu, Director Niki Caro, Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee, Tzi Ma, Ron Yuan, Jun Yu, Doua Moua, and Xana Tang speak onstage during the World Premiere of Disney's 'MULAN' at the Dolby Theatre on March 09, 2020 in Hollywood, California.
(L-R) Crystal Rao, Chen Tang, Nelson Lee, Jimmy Wong, Rosalind Chao, Yoson An, Jet Li, Yifei Liu, Director Niki Caro, Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee, Tzi Ma, Ron Yuan, Jun Yu, Doua Moua, and Xana Tang speak onstage during the World Premiere of Disney's 'MULAN' at the Dolby Theatre on March 09, 2020 in Hollywood, California.
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Today on FilmWeek, we’ll share part of John’s latest episode of “Hollywood, The Sequel” where he and Jason Reed talk about his expectations for “Mulan” after the film’s release has been delayed twice and the implications he thinks the film industry in the age of COVID will have for gig workers.

One of the most anticipated blockbusters of the year, Disney’s live-action remake of “Mulan” has been postponed twice from its original March premiere date to August 21. The film directed by Niki Caro is one of this year’s big budget features, costing Disney approximately $200 million to produce. Unlike many other movies that have moved their releases to VOD and streaming platforms,  Disney has pushed back on following the same route. But looking at the pandemic’s trajectory and extended closures of movie theaters, it’s hard to tell if a theatrical premiere of “Mulan” will be possible within the next few months. Producer Jason Reed, who’s other producing credits include “National Treasure: Book of Secrets” and “Enchanted”, is holding out hope that audiences will be able to experience “Mulan” on the big screen. 

As a part of the ongoing discussion on how Hollywood’s adjusting to the pandemic and hopes to reopen, KPCC’s John Horn spoke with Reed on “Mulan” and what he sees for the future of the entertainment industry.

You can check out more episodes of LAist’s “Hollywood, The Sequel” podcast here.

Guest:

Jason Reed, producer of Disney’s upcoming live action film “Mulan”; his other production credits include “National Treasure: Book of Secrets,” “Enchanted,” “Glory Road,” Under The Tuscan Sun” and more; he tweets @JReedBtwLines