MOVIE NEWS – Disney has positioned five release dates crossing between 2017 and 2019 for new live-action fairy tale flicks. While we are not aware which movies will open in these specific slots, two of them will be The Jungle Book 2 and Maleficent 2 for sure.
There is an amount of other projects in various stages of development at Disney, so we’ll have to just for the other family adventures claim these dates. For now, all we only know the dates themselves.
The Hollywood Reporter uncovers that the first date, July 28, 2017, actually substitutes a previous untitled project set to open on December 22, 2017, one week after Star Wars: Episode VIII.
The other dates are April 6, 2018, August 3, 2018, December 25, 2018 and December 20, 2019. The July 28, 2017 project will measure to Sony’s Jumanji reboot, whereas all of the other unnamed films don’t have any direct competition in those release dates yet. But that will surely change. Disney had previously set November 2, 2018, and November 8, 2019 dates for two more currently unnamed projects, which means now there will be four fairy tale movies debuting in 2018 alone.
Recently, some days before The Jungle Book was released in theaters earlier this month, MovieWeb reported that director Jon Favreau and writer Justin Marks were trying to convince Disney to return for The Jungle Book follow-up. No story details have been given yet, and it si unknown, if the second movie will be inspired by another one of author Rudyard Kipling’s books about young Mowgli (Neel Sethi).
This report also asserts that The Jungle Book 2 could be already out either August 2018 or November 2018. Maleficent 2 was also announced last June, with Angelina Jolie set to come back as the title character, and Linda Woolverton also returning to write the script.
Concerning the rest of these release dates, there are quite a number of fairy tale projects that could be slotted into these dates. Some of those fairy tale projects Disney is presently developing include Cruella, which has Emma Stone attached to star, Jungle Cruise starring Dwayne Johnson, A Wrinkle in Time with Ava DuVernay set to direct, Dumbo which will be directed by Tim Burton, a Mary Poppins sequel starring Emily Blunt and Lin Manuel Miranda, Tinker Bell starring Reese Witherspoon and The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, which Lasse Hallstrom is directing. It isn’t known when the studio may reveal which movies have taken which dates.
Disney already has a number of fairy tale movies coming out before these dates. The studio will debut Alice Through the Looking Glass on May 27, followed by the live-action/animation hybrid Pete’s Dragon on August 12 and Beauty and the Beast on March 17, 2017. We’ll be sure to keep you posted with any updates on Disney‘s live action fairy tale slate.