BURBANK, Calif., April 26 (UPI) — Disney announced a slew of new projects Monday, including sequels to “Maleficent” and “The Jungle Book.”
The studio has nine new live-action movies in the works, in addition to the previously announced “Alice Through the Looking Glass” (out May 27), “Pete’s Dragon” (out Aug. 12) and “Beauty and the Beast” (out March 17, 2017).
Emma Stone will star in “Cruella” with Kelly Marcel as writer, while Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda will lead a “Mary Poppins” sequel with Rob Marshall as director. Dwayne Johnson will star in “Jungle Cruise” with John Requa and Glenn Ficarra as writers, while Reese Witherspoon is attached to a “Tinker Bell” movie with Victoria Strouse as writer.
“Dumbo” is also in the works with Tim Burton as director and Ehren Kruger as writer. Ava DuVernay will adapt “A Wrinkle in Time” with Jennifer Lee as writer, while The Nutcracker and the “Four Realms” will be directed by Lasse Hallstrom with Ashleigh Powell as writer.
Disney updated their forthcoming release dates but didn’t specify which films will premiere when. Several of the newly announced projects are expected to receive release dates in the coming months.
Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (Live Action) previously dated Dec. 22, 2017 moved to July 28, 2017
Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (Live Action) now dated April 6, 2018
Untitled Disney Live Action now dated Aug. 3, 2018
Untitled Disney Live Action now dated Dec. 25, 2018
Sources told The Hollywood Reporter one of the release dates will go to “The Jungle Book 2.” Disney’s live-action “The Jungle Book,” starring Idris Elba and Scarlett Johansson, crushed the competition over the weekend, earning an additional $61 million.