Without specifically identifying titles, Disney has made a number of release date changes, and booked some future dates for both its upcoming live action and fairy tale-live action fare. One of these dates per insiders will go to Jungle Book 2, the first installment of which is honing in on $600M worldwide.
Originally, the Mouse House had December 22, 2017 booked for an untitled Disney live action fairy tale. They’ve moved off that slot a week after their Star Wars: Episode VIII release and moved up to July 28, 2017, going up against Sony’s Jumanji reboot.
In addition, Disney has RSVPed April 6, 2018 for another live action fairy tale, following two days after the Wednesday opening of an untitled Laika toon from Focus Features. That’s also the post-Easter holiday frame, and follows in the shadow of Warner Bros.’ Steven Spielberg’s title Ready Player One.
Also, Disney has booked August 3, 2018 for a live action movie. Currently, there isn’t any competition.
And on Christmas 2018, Disney has also dated another live action pic. While 20th Century Fox hasn’t officially registered the date with ComScore yet, James Cameron announced at CinemaCon that’s when he plans to unveil the first of four Avatar sequels. Currently, Sony Animation has a feature toon version of Spider-Man set to open on December 21, 2018. Finally, Disney has blocked off December 20, 2019 for another live action untitled fairy tale. Currently, it’s the only title on that date.
After its animation, Lucasfilm, and Marvel properties, Disney’s live action reboots of its celebrated toon classics have become a huge component of its upcoming slate with most of them grossing on average $700M worldwide. With Jungle Book booming currently in theaters, Disney’s next live action classic to hit screens is Alice Through the Looking Glass on Memorial Day weekend.
Now there are several pics in the mix at the Burbank-based studio that could potentially fill these untitled dates, and that list is below. We’ll know in the coming weeks what slots where:
Cruella with Emma Stone set for the title role and Kelly Marcel writing
A Wrinkle in Time with Ava DuVernay attached to direct and Jennifer Lee writing
Jungle Cruise with Dwayne Johnson set to star and John Requa and Glenn Ficarra writing
Dumbo with director Tim Burton and writer Ehren Kruger
A sequel to Mary Poppins with director Rob Marshall, starring Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda
Maleficent 2 with Angelia Jolie set to return in the title role and Linda Woolverton writing
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms with director Lasse Hallstrom and writer Ashleigh Powell
The Jungle Book 2 with both director Jon Favreau and writer Justin Marks returning
A Tinker Bell project with Reese Witherspoon set to star and Victoria Strouse writing