Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Mouse Monster: Disney Reorganizes and Boosts Their Entire Slate
Perhaps it was a response to Fox's mega-slate rollout the other day, maybe it wasn't... The Walt Disney Company updated its entire film slate...
... and you know what that means? New dates for all the films, including all the animated films. Some films moved, and some new films have been dated. Let's start with Walt Disney Animation Studios...
Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 is no longer coming out in less than a year. The film has been pushed back from March 9, 2018 to November 21, 2018, the new slot was originally occupied by the studio's Gigantic. No Disney Animation film has filled Ralph 2's original slot, instead Disney Live-Action's A Wrinkle in Time has settled into that place. Perhaps this is for the better?
Why the delay? Probably because Ralph 2 might need a little more time to come together as a cohesive whole, or maybe it's because of scheduling issues. Who knows. The wait isn't all that desirable, but if it means a strong sequel in the end, I can't complain.
The November 27, 2019 Disney Animation film is Frozen 2. No shock there. Must be ready now.
Where did Gigantic, previously set for a Thanksgiving 2018 release, head off to? Gigantic is now opening on November 25, 2020. Either they want Frozen 2 out before it, Frozen 2 is more than ready, or Gigantic *really* needs time to come together. It's a little worrying considering that this film was actually on the drawing board since roughly 2011/2012, and was at one point a candidate for a fall 2016 release. Back in the days when it was called "Giants" and the storyline was far more complicated. In August 2015, during the D23 Expo, we learned that a lot of that was changed and simplified... So maybe 3 years isn't enough for the newest iteration of Disney Animation's Jack and the Beanstalk re-telling. I don't know, I just hope it comes out unscathed...
Even juicier... Another Walt Disney Animation Studios film has been added to the chessboard: This untitled picture is set to open November 24, 2021. What could it be? Dean Wellins' film? Stephen J. Anderson's film? Something that has never been hinted at before?
Pixar's slate saw a good-sized update. Everything that has been dated before isn't moving, but a new untitled project is on the slate. The new Pixar film - presumably an original - is set for June 18, 2021.
Along came two big Lucasfilm updates... Indiana Jones won't return in 2019, his fifth entry has been moved from July 19, 2019 to July 10, 2020. The other biggies... Star Wars: Episode IX is set to open in the once-traditional mid-to-late May slot in 2019: May 24th, to be exact. That's mere weeks away from the untitled fourth Avengers movie... Very possible that Episode IX gets moved to the Christmastime slot. Remember, The Last Jedi was first penciled in for 5/26/2017, but got moved to this coming Christmas. Probably to give Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 room
Speaking of Marvel... The Marvel Studios film once set for July 10, 2020 (the slot Indy now occupies) has moved to August 7, 2020. Hey, this might imply that it's going to be Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3. James Gunn is definitely coming back to write and direct it, and the gap between the first film and the second film is 3 years. So, another 3 years till 2020!
On the non-Marvel/Lucasfilm live-action front, that mystery 7/28/2017 "fairy tale" release is now an 8/3/2018 release. Now, 8/3/2018 was already staked out for an untitled live-action Disney film... Yes, it was... And now that picture has moved to April 6, 2018 (Wrinkle's old date)... It's confirmed: The movie is Magic Camp. What the new 8/3/2018 "Fairy Tale" is, I don't know. Dumbo? Aladdin? Cruella?
The photorealistic remake of The Lion King is now set for July 19, 2019, right in time for the original's 25th anniversary. No comment.
More untitled pictures have been added to that studio's slate... And they're all billed as "Untitled Live-Action," not "Untitled Fairy Tale." The dates: 8/9/2019, 4/3/2020, and 3/12/2021.
The new slate is rather conservative, especially for Disney. Universal's current slate ends at summer 2023, while Fox's goes all the way out to Christmas 2025! (Avatar 2-5 have all been dated.) But hey, it's sometimes good to pace yourself. I mean, look at the last minute changes that were made today!
Anyways, the full monstrous slate...
02/16/2018 - Black Panther
03/09/2018 - A Wrinkle in Time
04/06/2018 - Magic Camp
05/04/2018 - Avengers: Infinity War
05/25/2018 - Untitled Han Solo Anthology Film
06/15/2018 - The Incredibles 2
07/06/2018 - Ant-Man and the Wasp
08/03/2018 - Untitled Fairy Tale
11/02/2018 - Mulan Live-Action
11/21/2018 - Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2
12/25/2018 - Mary Poppins Returns
03/08/2019 - Captain Marvel
03/29/2019 - Untitled Fairy Tale
04/12/2019 - Untitled DisneyToon Film
05/03/2019 - Untitled Avengers Film
05/24/2019 - Star Wars: Episode IX
06/21/2019 - Toy Story 4
07/19/2019 - The Lion King Photoreal
08/09/2019 - Untitled Live-Action
11/08/2019 - Untitled Fairy Tale
11/27/2019 - Frozen 2
12/20/2019 - Untitled Fairy Tale
03/13/2020 - Untitled Pixar Film
04/03/2020 - Untitled Live-Action
05/01/2020 - Untitled Marvel Film
06/19/2020 - Untitled Pixar Film
07/10/2020 - Untitled Indiana Jones Film
08/07/2020 - Untitled Marvel Film
11/06/2020 - Untitled Marvel Film
11/25/2020 - Gigantic
03/12/2021 - Untitled Live-Action
06/18/2021 - Untitled Pixar Film
11/24/2021 - Untitled Disney Animation Film