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Walt Disney Studios shares upcoming slate for Disney+ during Disney Investor Day 2020

by Attractions Magazine Staff

During today’s whirlwind of an Investor Day, Walt Disney Studios shared their upcoming slate of projects releasing both exclusively on Disney+ and theatrically.

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In his opening remarks, Sean Bailey, president of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production, said, “There are so many incredible dimensions to this company, and my team and I have the honor of getting to focus on a treasure trove of iconic characters and stories that spring from the Disney imagination, as we continue to build on Disney’s singular legacy of creating magic for audiences worldwide.”

You can check out the projects in the works from Walt Disney Studios below:

Hocus Pocus 2

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Coming exclusively to Disney+, this is the spooky sequel to the 1993 cult classic Halloween film, “Hocus Pocus.” Adam Shankman is set to direct.

Three Men and a Baby

This modern take on the ’80s comedy will star Zac Efron and is slated for a 2022 release on Disney+.

The Keanon Lowe project

Coming to Disney+, this drama is inspired by the story of a high school coach who averted tragedy through compassion. Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia are on board as producers for the project through Seven Bucks Productions.

Greek Freak

Heading into production next year for Disney+, this story of NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and his family, who lifted themselves out of poverty as undocumented immigrants living in Greece. Ultimately, Giannis finds himself on the world stage.

The Chris Paul project

Now in development for Disney+, this biographical film about NBA superstar Chris Paul will follow his moving story of family, legacy and destiny that helped make him who he is today.

Flora & Ulysses

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This comedy-adventure based on the Newbery Award-winning book tells the story of 10-year-old Flora, a comic book fan and self-avowed cynic, who rescues a squirrel with unique superpowers. “Flora & Ulysses” stars Matilda Lawler and is directed by Lena Khan (“The Tiger Hunter”), and will debut on Disney+ Feb. 19, 2021.

Cheaper by the Dozen

This reimagining of the hit comedy with “black-ish” producer Kenya Barris, will air on Disney+ in 2022. The story follows a multiracial, blended family of 12 as they navigate a hectic home life while managing their family business. Gabrielle Union is set to star.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

This popular series of novels, which spawned a successful live-action film franchise, will come to life in a new animated film on Disney+ in 2021.

The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild

Exclusively for Disney+, this spin-off of the “Ice Age” franchise from 20th Century Studios will center on three series favorites: the prankster possum brothers Crash and Eddie, and the titular weasel, Buck. Simon Pegg will return to star as the voice of Buck, and the film is slated for an early 2022 release.

Night at the Museum

“Night at the Museum” is coming to Disney+ with a twist: this time, it’s animated! Shawn Levy, who directed the previous films, is set to produce the film, which will launch on Disney+ in 2021.

Jungle Cruise

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Audiences will set off on a wild thrill ride through the Amazon with skipper Frank Wolff and researcher Dr. Lily Houghton. Jaume Collet-Serra directs the film, which stars Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Edgar Ramirez, Jack Whitehall, Jesse Plemons, and Paul Giamatti. The film is slated for release in July 2021.

The Lion King live-action prequel

This new story in development will revisit the iconic characters you know and love from “The Lion King.” Barry Jenkins, director of the Oscar-winning “Moonlight,” will helm the film, with Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams and Nicholas Britell doing the music.

The Little Mermaid

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Rob Marshall is bringing this animated classic back with a live-action adaptation, featuring Halle Bailey in the title role. The cast also includes Awkwafina, Daveed Diggs, Jacob Tremblay, with Javier Bardem and Melissa McCarthy. The film will feature the iconic Menken-Ashman songs from the animated original, alongside all-new music from Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Chip N’ Dale: Rescue Rangers

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This hybrid live-action-animated feature is now in development for Disney+. Akiva Schaffer (“Popstar”) directs, with John Mulaney and Andy Samberg set to star in the title roles, with Seth Rogen making a cameo. This film is slated for spring 2022.

Pinocchio

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This live-action retelling of the classic story for Disney+ will use state-of-the-art CGI to bring the famous puppet to life. Pinocchio, along with a cricket as his conscience, will have to prove himself worthy of becoming a real boy in this musical remake of the animated feature film. Robert Zemeckis is set to direct with Tom Hanks starring.

Peter Pan & Wendy

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Inspired by the Disney animated classic, David Lowery (“Pete’s Dragon”) is set to direct the story of a young girl who rebels against “growing up” by going with her two brothers to a magical land ruled by an ageless boy obsessed with adventure, who’s locked in an ongoing battle with a pirate captain. The cast will include Jude Law as Captain Hook and Yara Shahidi (“black-ish,” “grown-ish”) as Tinker Bell. This film will premiere on Disney+.

Disenchanted

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The highly-anticipated sequel to “Enchanted” will stream exclusively on Disney+. Amy Adams returns as Giselle, who found her life turned upside-down when she fell out of her animated fantasy world and into real-life Manhattan.

Sister Act 3

The third film in the beloved “Sister Act” series in now in development. Whoopi Goldberg is on board to star and produce, with Tyler Perry signed on as a producer. This film will premiere on Disney+.

Cruella

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This film dives into the early days of one of Disney’s most notorious and fashionable villains, Cruella de Vil. Oscar winner Emma Stone stars as Estella, aka Cruella, opposite Oscar winner Emma Thompson as the Baroness, the head of a prestigious fashion house who plucks Estella from obscurity as a burgeoning designer. Set against the backdrop of 1970s punk-rock London, director Craig Gillespie will deliver a unique take on this one-of-a-kind villain. Cruella will premiere in 2021.


Which of these upcoming Walt Disney Studios projects are you most excited to see come to Disney+ over the next few years? Share your thoughts with us in the comments, and check out our live-tweet thread breaking down the entirety of Disney’s Investor Day 2020 here.

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1 comment

Robyn Murov December 12, 2020 - 8:17 am

What has happened to originality? Only 1 movie concept that is totally new and never existed (outside of jungle cruise which we already knew about?) Okay, so sequels can have an original story, yes, but where are the new, original characters?
I’m slightly intrigued by some, so long as the stories are good. I’m glad the Home alone reboot isn’t listed, or the Honey I shrunk the kids reboot with Rick Moranis.
I WANT THE FIGMENT AND DREAMFINDER MOVIE! Come on Tony Baxter, make it happen!!!!

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