Bob Iger Hints That More, Non-Blockbuster Disney Movies Will Head Straight To Disney+ Due To COVID-19
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, former Disney CEO Bob Iger has confirmed that a number of upcoming theatrical releases could now head straight to Disney+, but the tentpoles are still planned for theaters...
Disney is lucky enough to have a new streaming service which has seen a massive surge in popularity since everyone found themselves stuck at home, but that doesn't necessarily mean it makes sense for them to start putting the likes of Black Widow and Mulan on there!
Now, former Disney CEO Bob Iger has outlined some of their plans for Disney+ moving forward.
"There are some we’ve decided to put on Disney+. We already announced one, Artemis Fowl, that would have been released in theaters. Others we’ve simply delayed," he explained. "In some cases we’ve moved things onto Disney+ faster than we would have. Frozen 2 was one of them, but Onward would be the biggest example. It was in theaters when this happened."
"We moved to a pay-per-view period for a couple of weeks where people could buy it and own it," Iger continued. "And then we ended up putting it on Disney+. In terms of movies going ahead after Artemis, there may be a few more that we end up putting directly onto Disney+, but for the most part a lot of the big tentpole Disney films, we’ll simply wait for slots. In some cases we’ve announced new ones already, but later on in the calendar."
On Friday, Disney gave many of its upcoming films new release dates, but should theaters remain closed as we move into the fall and winter, there's a chance they could make some drastic decisions when it comes to adding more content to Disney+. As it stands, they're clearly considering adding more upcoming theatrical releases to the streaming service to keep subscribers happy.
We'll let you guys know if we hear more!