Theaters “shocked and dismayed” by Disney’s decision to launch Soul streaming | Movie

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Cinemas across Europe have expressed outrage over Hollywood studio Disney’s decision to bypass a big screen release for Pixar’s new Soul animation and debut on their Disney + streaming platform.The International Union of Cinemas (UNIC) issued a statement claiming that the decision had “shocked and dismayed all cinema operators”.

The statement said: “The vast majority of cinemas across Europe and indeed many parts of the world are now open and capable of providing safe and enjoyable feedback for the public. Cinema operators have invested heavily to provide the safest possible experience for their audiences based on a promising schedule of new film releases. Again, however, they find a dealer dealing another blow. ”

Soul, which features Jamie Foxx as a jazz musician whose soul is separated from his body, is due to be screened at the Rome Film Festival this week after its October 10 premiere at the London Film Festival.

However, Disney appears to be following a similar pattern that it used to release its recent China adventure thread Mulan, which was pulled from large-scale theatrical screenings at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, and was later released as than premium offers. on Disney +. However, it looks like Disney has no plans to charge any additional fees for Soul, which will be available on December 25.

But UNIC, whose chairman is UK Cinema Association chief executive Phil Clapp, has warned that Hollywood’s decisions “risk causing irreparable damage to key markets” and that when studios want to release their blockbusters, “it might be too late for many European cinemas. “.

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