Friday, March 27, 2015
Burbank Mystery Flick: An Update on Disney Animation's Mystery 2018 Release
My friend Tyler Kelson, a big Disney and Marvel fanatic, got the chance to speak to Brittney Lee recently...
In case you don't know, it was revealed earlier this month that visual development artist Brittney Lee (who has been working at Walt Disney Animation Studios for a little while) was going to have a large role on one of Disney Animation's upcoming films, alongside the equally amazing visdev artist Lorelay Bove. Lee worked on Paperman, Wreck-It Ralph, and Frozen. Bove worked on The Princess and the Frog, Winnie the Pooh, Wreck-It Ralph, and Big Hero 6.
The article mentioned that the mystery movie would come out in 2018.
Until now, we knew one thing: Giants, directed by Nathan Greno and Byron Howard (according to a recent article from Greno's home city), was a candidate for one of the studio's two 2018 releases. One is set for March 9th, the other is set for November 21st. At the annual shareholder conference, John Lasseter and Bob Iger announced Frozen 2. Since Frozen is arguably a #1 priority for the studio, I assumed that would be the other 2018 release. (Nothing is set for a 2017 release, and I don't think at this point that anything will be set for 2017.) What order they'd come out in was up for grabs.
Lee told my comrade that the feature she's heavily involved with hasn't been announced. So now we can rule out Frozen 2. Of course the two 2016 releases - Zootopia and Moana - are out of the question...
Technically, Giants hasn't been officially announced by Disney. We know it exists because non-Disney outlets spilled the beans. Honor Hunter of Blue Sky Disney told us about it in summer 2013, and Kenosha News apparently got the okay from Greno to tell readers about Giants and the fact that they are aiming for 2018 with that film. This is no different from Zootopia and Moana. Honor Hunter told us about those. Other sites were talking about Moana long before Disney said a word last October. I remember Moana articles dating back to fall 2013.
I don't know what Lee meant by "hasn't been announced". Not announced by Disney? Or not announced at all?
I'm 50/50 on it being Giants.
I'm also 50/50 on it being the untitled Dean Wellins film. According to WDAS story man Paul Briggs, he's developing a film with Wellins at the studio as of this month. Is it that sci-fi film Honor Hunter told us about? Or is it a new film? HH told us back in September 2013 that the sci-fi movie ran into a wall and was in development hell, it's possible that Mr. Wellins began work on a new project. We don't know.
Wreck-It Ralph 2? Seems a bit likely, considering how Lorelay Bove's work shines in the Sugar Rush setting of the film. Last I heard, it's still in development and it's not quite ready to enter production. Bleeding Cool's Brendon Connelly warned a tweeter that it could possibly not go into production, but I doubt that will happen considering that Wreck-It Ralph was a successful film, Bob Iger loves franchises/sequels, and director Rich Moore was gung-ho about a sequel since day one. Disney has not officially announced Wreck-It Ralph 2, but the first film's composer - Henry Jackman - said it was being written back in April 2014. I'm 50/50 on this as well.
A Big Hero 6 sequel? Bove was a visual development artist on that film, Lee was not. Some people have hinted at a Big Hero 6 sequel, the directors of part uno said they'll do one if they have a good idea (the usual), yadda yadda yadda. I bet it'll happen eventually, but I'm not sure if that would be Ms. Lee and Ms. Bove's big project.
I reckon it's going to be something original. Something fresh and new. Something we've never even heard of before...
I have asked Mr. Kelson some more questions, I'll update this if I get some more answers...