Thursday, October 8, 2015
The Loaded Mouse: Disney Expands Already Massive Film Slate
Okay, so wow... There is a lot of information to process here...
The Walt Disney Studios has expanded their massive film slate that goes all the way up to 2020, rivaling Warner Bros.' gargantuan movie slate. The slate consists of new Disney Animation titles, new Pixar titles, new Marvel titles, numerous date changes, and some surprises. With those surprises comes a lot of questions, too...
Before we get started, some of us were a bit concerned about Walt Disney Animation Studios. You might notice on the new slate, revealed by Variety earlier today, that the two films they had set for 11/21/2018 and 11/27/2019 were missing.
If you also notice, a whole slew of Disney films is missing from the slate. Pirates of the Caribbean's fifth installment, long set for 7/7/2017, is absent alongside Star Wars: Episode VIII and the Han Solo anthology movie. In fact, nothing from Lucasfilm is even on here, which is kind of bizarre. You'd think with the full slate, they'd include Lucasfilm releases too. Even Frozen 2 hasn't been dated. To me, this all indicates that Disney Animation's fall 2018 and fall 2019 films are still on the slate...
Now with that out of the way, here are the new additions and changes to the slate!
Cars 3 - June 16, 2017: The weird thing is, I predicted this would happen. Anyways, it makes sense. Cars 3 entered development in 2011 according to reports I've heard, while Toy Story 4 seemed to fire up around summer 2012. The picture's director still hasn't been announced, alongside other things, but if it's more than ready, then yeah, release it as soon as possible. I know it's not chic to like John Lasseter's anthro autos series, but I could care less. I'll be there opening weekend, because Cars 2 - Pixar's weakest to me - is still alright.
Coco - November 22, 2017: Prior to this announcement, Coco was pretty much a "Fall 2017" title though Box Office Mojo listed it as an 11/22/2017 release. Box Office Mojo's former writer/site runner Ray Subers had a policy where he'd only fill in the blanks when the studio would outright confirm the release dates and titles. He departed Box Office Mojo earlier this year, it's got new people in charge and it seems like the way it's run is very different, so yeah. Today is the actual day of Coco's release date confirmation. This is pretty much a new addition, even though the release date was obvious. I still reckon this film moves since it's, you know, a Day of the Dead tale. I think 10/13/2017 or 10/20/2017 are better dates...
Gigantic - March 9, 2018: Walt Disney Animation Studios' retelling of the Jack and the Beanstalk tale as we all know, and this release date is also no shocker.
Toy Story 4 - June 15, 2018: Now it has another full year to come together. That's for the better, I say. Again, just like I predicted...
Untitled DisneyToon - April 12, 2019: Now this completely caught me by surprise... I thought DisneyToon was kind of putting an end to feature film production after the box office performance of Planes: Fire & Rescue, the end of the Tinker Bell series, and after it was decided that direct-to-video titles shouldn't be a thing anymore.
So a theatrical DisneyToon film? I doubt its going to be a franchise entry, unless Legend of the Neverbeast sold a lot of discs. If it's a new Tink, then that would make it the first film in that series to get a wide US theatrical release... Hmmmm... Still, I would like for it to be an original film. Lasseter also wouldn't have DisneyToon make a sequel to a Disney Animation or Pixar film. Planes gets by because it's a spin-off. So yeah, either it's Tink or an original film.
The Incredibles II - June 21, 2019: Despite what previous reports indicated, this will open summer 2019. Gives it more time to breathe, which is good... But I can be impatient, haha.
Untitled Pixar Film - March 13, 2020: Pixar's finally going against their tradition of releasing films in the summer and the holiday season only? Well I'll be! I'm guessing this one will be Mark Andrews film for the time being.
Untitled Pixar Film - June 19, 2020: Who knows what this will be, but yeah, two in 2020 much like in 2017...
Untitled Disney Animation Film - November 25, 2020 - Hopefully this is an original or Wreck-It Ralph 2.
Okay... Wow, that is quite an addition to the slate. With everything we've learned today, here's the Mouse House's full slate of movies from now until the beginning of the next decade. Let's just say that they're all going to be happy campers...
10/16/2015 - Bridge of Spies
11/25/2015 - The Good Dinosaur
12/18/2015 - Star Wars: The Force Awakens
01/29/2016 - The Finest Hours
03/04/2016 - Zootopia
04/15/2016 - The Jungle Book
05/06/2016 - Captain America: Civil War
05/27/2016 - Alice Through the Looking Glass
06/17/2016 - Finding Dory
07/01/2016 - The BFG
08/12/2016 - Pete's Dragon
11/04/2016 - Doctor Strange
11/23/2016 - Moana
12/16/2016 - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
03/17/2017 - Beauty and the Beast
05/05/2017 - Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
05/26/2017 - Star Wars: Episode VIII
06/16/2017 - Cars 3
07/07/2017 - Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
07/28/2017 - Untitled Marvel Spider-Man Film
11/03/2017 - Thor: Ragnarok
11/22/2017 - Coco
12/22/2017 - Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (a.k.a. live-action remake)
02/16/2018 - Black Panther
03/09/2018 - Gigantic
05/04/2018 - Avengers: Infinity War Part I
05/25/2018 - Untitled Han Solo/Star Wars Story Film
06/15/2018 - Toy Story 4
07/06/2018 - Ant-Man and The Wasp
11/02/2018 - Untitled Disney Fairy Tale
11/21/2018 - Untitled Walt Disney Animation Studios Film
03/08/2019 - Captain Marvel
04/12/2019 - Untitled DisneyToon
05/03/2019 - Avengers: Infinity War Part II
06/21/2019 - The Incredibles II
07/12/2019 - Inhumans
11/08/2019 - Untitled Disney Fairy Tale
11/27/2019 - Untitled Walt Disney Animation Studios Film
03/13/2020 - Untitled Pixar Film
05/01/2020 - Untitled Marvel Film
06/19/2020 - Untitled Pixar Film
07/10/2020 - Untitled Marvel Film
11/03/2020 - Untitled Marvel Film
11/25/2020 - Untitled Walt Disney Animation Studios Film
The animation half of this slate excites the living daylights out of me, along with the Marvel side (an Ant-Man sequel with The Wasp being prominent? Awesome!), but the live-action side does not. More live-action remakes that I just don't care for...
Ah well, all exciting nonetheless. What say you?