Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Disney announces release dates for 'Star Wars: Episode IX,' 'Indiana Jones 5,' 'Lion King' remake, and more

This past weekend saw a slew of release date announcements from 20th Century Fox, as the studio revealed that three new X-Men films are on the calendar, as well as multiple Avatar sequels and new films from Steve McQueen, Bryan Singer, and Steven Spielberg. I figured that this would be the main story in release date news for a while, but never to be topped by another studio, Disney has announced three major titles today that will certainly get fans talking. New installments in two of the most beloved franchises of all time and a remake of an iconic animated property? Forget the X-Men- Disney has my full attention.


First off, let's get all the untitled films out of the way. I'm not gonna speculate as to what these films could be, but here they are nonetheless.

-The Untitled Live-Action Disney Fairy Tale that was previously set for July 28, 2017 has been pushed to August 3, 2018. No surprise there- I figured we wouldn't be getting a surprise Disney movie this summer.

-In addition, there are Untitled Live-Action movies scheduled for release on August 9, 2019, April 3, 2020, and March 12, 2021.

-And finally, an Untitled Marvel film will smash into theaters on August 7, 2020.

-An Untitled Pixar film will debut on June 18, 2021.

-An Untitled Animated film will now hit theaters on November 24, 2021.

-Ava DuVernay's A Wrinkle in Time is one of the most anticipated blockbusters of the next few years for cinephiles, and the wait to see it just got a little shorter. Disney will now release the film on March 9, 2018. The star-studded cast is led by Reese Witherspoon, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Oprah Winfrey, Chris Pine, Michael Pena, Mindy Kaling, Zach Galifianakis, and Andre Holland.


-I don't know what Magic Camp really is, but it's set to hit theaters on April 6, 2018, taking the spot of DuVernay's film. According to the IMDb synopsis, the film follows a guy named Andy who hopes to reignite his career by serving as a camp counselor. The cast includes Adam Devine, Gillian Jacobs, Aldis Hodge, and Jeffrey Tambor.

-Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, the sequel to the 2012 hit, has been pushed back a few months, moving from its March 9, 2018 release date to November 21, 2018. John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer, Sarah Silverman, and Jane Lynch will return, with James Corden and Jodi Benson joining the cast of the film.

-This is probably the most surprising news of the day. Okay, sure, we all knew that Star Wars: Episode IX was coming in 2019. That was a given. But I think that everybody expected Disney and Lucasfilm to stick with the December strategy. I know that the Han Solo movie is coming in May, but before James Cameron comes back to dominate the month starting in 2020, I figured they would want one last box office bonanza. Anyways, Colin Trevorrow's Episode IX will still be a huge hit when it debuts on May 24, 2019. Expect Minecraft and the new Doctor Dolittle movie to abandon that date as soon as humanly possible.


-After the smashing success of The Jungle Book, we all knew that this one was coming. Jon Favreau is coming back to Disney to direct The Lion King, a live-action adaptation of one of the most beloved animated films in cinematic history. Disney clearly has a lot of confidence in the film, as it is now set for a July 19, 2019 release date. James Earl Jones will reprise his role as Mufasa, while Donald Glover is voicing Simba. Rumor has it that the studio wants Beyonce to play Nala, but no deal has been completed as of yet.

-Disney made an unexpectedly massive amount of money on 2013's Frozen, so a sequel was always a no-brainer. Six years later, Elsa, Anna, and Olaf will be returning to the big screen with Frozen 2, set to debut on November 27, 2019. Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee are back behind the camera, while Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel are reprising their roles.

-Gigantic has been on the Disney production line for years, but it looks like we'll have to wait much longer to see it. The animated re-telling of Jack and the Beanstalk has been pushed back to November 25, 2020. Inside Out and Captain Marvel screenwriter Meg LeFauve will be co-directing with Tangled director Nathan Greno.

-Finally, Lucasfilm announced that the untitled Indiana Jones sequel has been pushed back a year, now set to hit theaters on July 10, 2020. Steven Spielberg will direct and Harrison Ford (who will turn 78 the week of the film's release) will star as the titular character. Expect to hear more about this one soon.

That's it! While it's certainly a lot to digest, we pretty much knew that all of these movies were coming. Look for more news on Disney-related properties in the coming weeks.


Source: Disney/Daniel Miller (Twitter)
Images: IMDB/Disney/Paramount 

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