In a recent interview with Barrons, Iger explained how Disney’s business changed following the COVID-19 pandemic. Asked about the state of the films that were already in production before the virus epidemic, Iger noted that “there may be a little more than [Disney] end[s] put it directly on Disney +. “
Shortly after the epidemic was declared pandemic, Disney Frozen 2 at Disney + on March 17, three months before the scheduled date. This was soon followed by Forward, which hit Disney + on April 3. The streaming debut of this latest film was particularly remarkable, given that the Pixar adventure had only been indoors for a few weeks. Finally, Disney confirmed on April 4 that its Artemis Fowl the fantasy film would land directly on Disney + on a date yet to be revealed, thus completely ignoring a theatrical release.
Iger’s recent comments indicate that other Disney films may follow suit. However, the executive also noted that “many great Disney tentpole movies” will simply hit theaters at a later date. This has already happened with several of the entertainment giant’s most important 2020 movies, such as Mulan (moved from March to July) and the Marvel studio Black Widow (changed from May to November).
Therefore, it remains to be seen what other films could be transferred to Disney +.
Elsewhere in the interview, Iger noted that Disney + has, unsurprisingly, seen increased interest as more families stay at home during the pandemic. “Right now, it’s probably a lot more popular than we ever imagined, in part because it’s a welcome relief and a great entertainment alternative for people who don’t have access to it.” given all the restrictions, “said Iger. .
However, Iger did not precisely quantify the demand for the service during the pandemic.