The Walt Disney Co. has postponed the discharge of its upcoming China-set live-action film “Mulan” amid a worldwide unfold of the COVID-19 epidemic.

“We are so excited to share this film with the world, but given the current ever-shifting circumstances we are all experiencing, unfortunately, we have to postpone the worldwide release of Mulan for now,” director Niki Caro wrote in an announcement on the movie’s official Twitter web page on Thursday.

The extremely anticipated movie was initially scheduled to hit U.S. theaters on March 27 with an early estimate of no less than 85 million U.S. {dollars} in its opening weekend.

“Our hearts are with everyone the world over who is affected by this virus, and we hope that Mulan’s fighting spirit will continue to inspire those who are working so hard to keep us all safe,” she stated.

“Making this film has been one of the most satisfying and exhilarating experiences of my entire career, and I’ve been so fortunate to be on this journey with some of the best cast and crew in the business, people who truly embody the attributes of Loyal, Brave, and True,” the director added.

With out revealing a future launch date, Caro stated that “I can’t wait for the day where we will all get to experience this tale of a girl warrior who became a legend together.”

Primarily based on the legend of an historical Chinese language heroine, Hua Mulan, the movie is a dwell motion adaptation of Disney’s 1998 animated movie of the identical identify.

Mulan, in line with the people legend, lived throughout a tumultuous period of the Chinese language historical past greater than 1,400 years in the past. She disguised herself as a person to serve within the military instead of her aged father and struggle for the nation.

The movie stars Liu Yifei because the title position following a year-long international casting, with Gong Li as a strong and harmful witch, Donnie Yen as a military commander, and Jet Li because the emperor of China.

Along with “Mulan,” a batch of Hollywood movies, together with the newest James Bond movie “No Time to Die,” “Quiet Place 2,” and “Peter Rabbit 2,” have been reportedly delayed, because the epidemic continues to unfold.