Movie releases continue to move. Since the pandemic was declared, things have not been easy for this sector, as has happened on other occasions in the history of cinema. Due to the above, Disney and Pixar announced that their new movie, Luca, will not be released in theaters, but will come directly to Disney Plus.
There is no doubt that the news no longer surprises us and seems to be the most sensible measure in the midst of the uncertainty that cinema and the world in general is going through. The premiere of Luca was planned for June 18. However, production companies are taking their precautions with time, and perhaps with a greater dose of realism in the face of the complicated health situation that still exists around the world, even though vaccination has begun in many countries.
Thus, Luca will be released directly on Disney Plus and without any additional charge for subscribers of this platform, unlike other expected releases, such as Black Widow. This film will be released simultaneously in theaters and on Disney Plus. The new delay of Scarlett Johansson’s expected film, which is also the start of Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, once again affected the company’s calendar. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the 10 Rings was scheduled for July 9 and its release was pushed back to September 3, 2021.
Since the pandemic began, some titles have suffered from health restrictions in the cinema, and other major changes in their release dates. Production companies have had to look for alternatives for the release of their films. And the scheme of releases through streaming video platforms is undoubtedly their biggest bet.
For Pixar, the declaration of the coronavirus pandemic caught it with a recently released film: Onward (Dan Scalon). This film hit theaters on March 6, 2020, so it could barely gauge its box office reach as theaters began to close their doors. A year after the lockdown and other health measures, theaters are far from back to normal.
The next movie released by Pixar was Soul, but this time they opted for a streaming-only release. They took advantage of the fact that Disney Plus arrived in Latin America in November 2020.
One of the attractions of these films is that you do not have to pay an additional fee for them, unlike what happened with Mulan, or as with the successful Snyder Cut of Justice League. The latter recently hit different digital distribution platforms and HBO Max. Luca’s case could be similar to that of Soul, a film that in general terms was very well received by audiences and critics. So much so that it was nominated for the next Oscars 2021.
Luca is directed by Enrico Casarosa. This film will be his debut as director of a feature film, although he has had a long experience at Pixar, as he has been collaborating with the studio since the mid-2000s. We know that the story of the little protagonist takes place in a seaside village on the Italian Riviera. It will chronicle the adventures of Luca and a friend of his. The director has said that it is about that unforgettable summer in which we become adults.
But, in addition, Luca is in the realm of the fantasy genre. Its protagonist is not only a restless and playful child, but also a sea creature. Casarosa put it this way, “Thanks to the beauty and charm of the Italian coast, our film is going to present an unforgettable adventure of a summer that will fundamentally change Luca.”
Luca will premiere next July 18 on Disney Plus.