Over the weekend, 20th Century Fox made a play for some major box office real estate by announcing release dates for the next three X-Men films, and the future slate of Avatar sequels. Disney does not like to be outdone, it seems. Today, Disney has announced a slew of new release date and release date changes from some of its major properties including key animated sequels, the live action adaptation of Disney classics, and, of course, new films from its Lucasfilm subdivision.
First, Star Wars Episode IX will follow the Young Han Solo stand alone movie to a summer release date. The final film in the sequel trilogy will premiere on May 24, 2019, or 17 months after the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi this Christmas. You might recall that this was originally the plan for Last Jedi after The Force Awakens, that it would come out in May 2017, but the production schedule was just too tight for the production to be completed on time. One wonders what’s changed.
In other Lucasfilm news, the fifth Indiana Jones movie has been pushed back a year, now opening July 10, 2020 instead of the previous July 19, 2019.
In the animation world, Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 will be pushed back several months from March 9, 2018 to November 21, 2018; the original Wreck-It Ralph opened in November 2012. In its place, Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time will open next March after being moved up a full month from April 6, which is now the home of Magic Camp, an animated adventure about a summer camp for those learning the performing art of creating illusions (as in not a Harry Potter kind of magical summer camp).
Speaking of magic, Frozen 2 now has a release date of November 27, 2019, and a few months before that, Jon Favreau‘s Jungle Book follow-up, The Lion King, will hit theatres on July 19. In other news, Gigantic, an animated musical based on Jack and the Beanstalk, seems to have fallen behind, it will now be released November 25, 2020, instead of Thanksgiving 2018. The previously scheduled untitled Disney Animation movie meant to open November 25, 2020 will now move back a year.
Disney has also reserved space on August 9, 2019, April 3, 2020, and March 12, 2021 for “Untitled Live-Action” movies, a new untitled Pixar project has a save the date of June 18, 2021, and the Untitled Marvel movie that was going to come out on August 7, 2020 will now come out on July 10 of that year instead. Captain Marvel and Toy Story 4 keep their release dates of March 8 and June 21, 2019 respectively.
We’ll keep you updated with all the latest developments on all these various projects. In the meantime, to the iCal!