Disney offered up a barrage of exciting news during their investor day event last night. While most of the news leaned heavily on original shows and films for their streaming platform Disney+, the studio remained committed to theatrical releases for their franchise-building movies.
Here are the big announcements from each wing of the Mouse House.
Lucasfilms announced 10 new shows for Disney+, including two spin-off shows from the popular space Western "The Mandalorian." We also saw a first look at "Andor," which follows the exploits of Diego Luna's Cassian Andor from "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story." Hayden Christensen will also be reprising his role as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader from the Prequel Trilogy for the upcoming "Obi-Wan Kenobi" series starring Ewan McGregor.
On the movie side, Disney confirmed that the "Untitled Star Wars Film" due at Christmas 2022 will be "Rogue Squadron," which will follow the exploits of the Rebellion's elite X-wing squad. "Wonder Woman" director Patty Jenkins is tapped to direct.
Lucasfilms also confirmed that "Indiana Jones 5" will indeed be shooting next spring aiming for a July 2022 release, with Harrison Ford still committed to reprising his famous role and "Logan" director James Mangold helming. The studio will also bring another '80s adventure back with "Willow." John M. Chu is tapped to direct, with Warwick Davis reprising his titular role from the 1988 original.
Marvel Studios finally confirmed the release dates of their anticipated shows "WandaVision," "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier," and "Loki," while offering views into new shows like "Ms. Marvel." They also unveiled plans for further shows: "Iron Heart," which will follow a successor to Tony Stark's Iron Man; "Armor Wars," that will follow Don Cheadle's War Machine as Iron Man tech gets into the wrong hands; and "Secret Invasion" starring Samuel L. Jackson and Ben Mendelsohn.
On the film front, Marvel confirmed that their 2021 films, including "Black Widow" and "The Eternals," will stick with their planned theatrical releases. Producer Kevin Fiege also confirmed that the late Chadwick Boseman's T'Challa/Black Panther will not be recast in "Black Panther II." But, perhaps the biggest announcement was that "Spider-Man: Homecoming" helmer Jon Watts will be bringing the Fantastic Four into the MCU. No release date was announced, but movies based on the Fantastic Four and the X-Men have been expected since Marvel got back the rights when Disney acquired Fox.
Spin-off shows focusing on characters from "Up" and "Cars" will be making their way to Disney+, while on the big screen Pixar will give us the origins of Buzz Lightyear – the man that inspired the toy spaceman in the world of "Toy Story." Chris Evans will be voicing this new iteration of Buzz, as "Lightyear" flies to the big screen on June 17, 2022 . Pixar's other major release that year will be "Turning Red" from Domee Shi, who had previously directed the acclaimed animated short "Bao."
Walt Disney Studios
Disney will be bringing follow-ups to "Sister Act" and "Enchanted" to Disney+. "Sister Act 3" will see Whoopi Goldberg reprise her role as sassy singer-turned-nun Deloris Van Cartier, with Tyler Perry producing. "Disenchanted" will see Amy Adams return to the role of Princess Giselle, from the 2007 film. Gabrielle Union is also set to star in a Disney+ re-imagining of "Cheaper by the Dozen," from "black-ish" producer Kenya Barris.
Disney will also continue to test the Premier Access day-and-date release they used with "Mulan" earlier in the year. "Raya and the Last Dragon" will launch in theaters and on Disney+ Premier Access in March. Live action remakes of "Pinocchio," starring Tom Hanks, "Peter Pan & Wendy," and "Cruella," with Emma Stone, will also be skipping theaters for Disney+.
On the animation front Lin-Manuel Miranda will be writing and producing Spanish and English songs for "Encanto," a theatrical musical comedy set in Columbia. For Disney+, Lonely Island's Akiva Schaffer is set to direct a reboot of "Chip 'N Dale: Rescue Rangers," which will be a live-action/CG-animated hybrid starring fellow Lonely Islander Andy Samberg and John Mulaney.
20th Century Studios & Searchlight Pictures
Not too much was announced from Disney's new Fox arm, but the two studios will be producing more original content for Hulu, expanding the streamer's collection of original films. The studios also dated their previously pulled releases, with a May 21st release for Ryan Reynolds' "Free Guy," and a September 17th bow for Kenneth Branagh's "Death on the Nile." "The King's Man" also moves from February to March, while Searchlight's horror pic "Antlers" gets undated for now.
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