Two of the most highly anticipated films coming from Disney will be available in roughly half the normal release window after it’s theatrical release.
As more and more films drop out of theatrical releases and opt for simultaneous releases on streaming and theaters or abandon a theatrical release altogether, Disney has been trying to stick to a median that hopefully makes both fans and it’s partners happy. With films such as Cruella, Black Widow and Jungle Cruise set to release on Disney+ behind a paywall and theaters, they have announced something a bit different for two of their films.
Disney held its second-quarter earnings call today, and Disney CEO Bob Chapek confirmed that Shang-Chi and the Legend of Ten Rings and Free Guy will both debut in theaters, where they will stay for 45 days and then be moved over to their streaming platform. In what is about half the normal theatrical release window, it falls within the handling of other studios such as Paramount, who announced the same plan earlier this year, that they will make Mission: Impossible 7, A Quiet Place: Part II, and more available on their streaming service Paramount+ 45 days after their theatrical release.
Free Guy is slated for an August 13, 2021 release, while Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will hit theaters on September 3, 2021. If you haven’t been keeping up with the films, check out the trailers below!