A French law would force Disney to consider not releasing Black Panther: Wakanda Forever in cinemas in the European country
At the beginning of this year, Disney announced that his next animated film, Strange Worldwould not be released in theaters in France, but would go directly to Disney+. This happens because earlier this year, the French authorities put in place a new rule for new films being released in France, which has protection laws to protect French television and streaming platforms. And this could affect the premiere of the next Black Panther: Wakanda Forever in French cinemas.
The new rules in force in the Gallic country mean that any new theatrical release there must have a four-month exclusive, before being available for purchase. Then, after six months, they are available in Channel+. Seventeen months after its release, a film can premiere on Disney+ for five months before being pulled for broadcast on free-to-air channels for another 14 months, before returning to Disney+ after three years from its initial release. Netflix Y amazon have accepted these conditions. However, Disney has not.
According to Le Film FrancaisDisney is considering doing the same with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever of Marvel Studios, canceling the theatrical release and directly launching the film on Disney+. In a statement, translated from French, Disney said:
“The media calendar forces us to evaluate our theatrical releases film by film. We haven’t made a decision yet on Black Panther’s release.”
While audiences are getting used to shorter release times in theaters and direct streaming releases, France is just one example of opposition to these changes taking place in the industry. Apparently those responsible for pixar they are frustrated that Disney is forgoing theatrical release of their movies in favor of Disney+, and theater chains have generally raised concerns about this change.
It should also be noted that Strange World was scheduled to be released in France on November 23, while Black Panther 2 will be released in some countries such as the United Kingdom and here, in Spain, the November 11thbut a little earlier in others like Italy, on November 9.
Given the fact that Disney has yet to make a decision on a movie that was going to be released before Strange World, it seems that the decision on the sequel to Black Panther it is quite complicated for Disney and / or a potential test of its future strategy regarding the company’s big releases.