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Disney To Release Marvel’s ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ in French Cinemas

Disney has confirmed that Marvel’s “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” will release in French cinemas on November 9, 2022.  The film, however, will not be available to Disney+ subscribers in France until Spring 2024, due to the current windowing framework.

There was previous speculation if the film would release in French cinemas due to the country’s strict windowing regulations and Disney’s recent decision to forgo a theatrical release of  Disney’s animated feature “Strange World” which will launch on Disney+ instead.

According to Variety, under the current guidelines, which were established by the French government just nine months ago, Disney’s pay-VOD window is set at four months, and subscription-based streaming window at 17 months after films debut in theaters. The only way to bypass those French rules entirely is to forgo a release in cinemas.

The article goes on to say that a meeting was held under the guidance of the National Film Board a couple of weeks ago to discuss changes to the guidelines. It appears to have given Disney hope for a significant change.

“Following the French authorities’ acknowledgment that the Media Chronology needs to be modernised and setting a clear timeline for those discussions, The Walt Disney Company will move forward with a French cinematic release of Black Panther : Wakanda Forever on 9 November,” said Disney in a statement sent by Variety. “Consequently, the film will not be available to Disney+ subscribers in France until Spring 2024, due to the current windowing framework.”

Disney said it will “remain actively engaged in the upcoming meetings and we will work closely with the CNC, the Ministry of Culture and the various other stakeholders in order to try and find a quick and equitable solution for all parties.”

The U.S. studio added that until the new windowing regulations are established, it will “continue to make future release decisions on a film-by-film basis.”

In the film, Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba) fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death. As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda. Introducing Tenoch Huerta as Namor, king of Talokan, the film also stars Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Mabel Cadena and Alex Livinalli.

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige and Nate Moore, opens in theaters on November 11, 2022.

You can check out the trailer below:

Source: Variety

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