Saturday 4 April 2020

Artemis Fowl to debut on Disney+

With cinemas closed due to the coronavirus pandemic and social distancing the new norm, studios are pushing back the release of blockbuster movies and dipping a toe in streaming selected titles as audiences self-isolate.

Beginning with Universal Picture's Trolls World War and now Disney is releasing Artemis Fowl directly on Disney+. This isn't something entirely new as Netflix has released movies including Annihilation and Bird Box.

“Director Kenneth Branagh and his spectacular cast take viewers right into the vibrant, fantasy world of the beloved book, which fans have been waiting to see brought to life onscreen for years," said Disney+ President of Content and Marketing Ricky Strauss in a statement. "It’s great family entertainment that is the perfect addition to Disney+’s summer lineup.”

Frozen 2 and Onward are already on Disney+ in the US and Canada. However, self-isolating families remain frustrated at Disney's reluctance to release its movies everywhere day-and-date on Disney+. There's still no news regarding when Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be available. How about using Disney+ as a force for good for all in these troubling times, eh? It's all about optics.

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