What’s this, something new from Disney? Well, kind of. Breaking away from remakes, reboots and reimaginings, Disney are set to return to their roots in bringing a classic fairytale to the screen.
Jack and the Beanstalk, a pantomime favourite and childhood tale for many, is set to become a movie once again with Disney acquiring the rights to Beanstalk, which at present, is only a detailed script outline by Vince Gilligan.
According to Deadline, Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul creator Gilligan would be looking to direct the project, with Thomas Schnauz writing the script. Schnauz has previously won two Emmys for his writing on Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad.
The last time Jack and the Beanstalk was brought to the big screen was in Bryan Singer’s 2013 film, Jack the Giant Slayer, which was not a hit at all, so Disney really has an open playing field when it comes to this project.
Meanwhile, Disney also highlighted just how busy they are right now when they unveiled their future release schedule at Cinema Con. In a shot taken by ComicBook.com, we can see exactly what we’ve got to look forward to between now and the end of 2017 and there are some real crackers on the list.
Highlights for 2015 include Avengers: Age of Ultron, which is in cinemas worldwide right now (sorry, North America, you need to wait until May 1), Pixar’s family friendly comedy, Inside Out, Marvel’s Ant-Man and of course, of course, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which will arrive in December. What a great way to finish the year!Moving into 2016 and there is a wealth of films to look forward to including the live action Jungle Book, Alice Through the Looking Glass (Johnny Depp, Mad Hatter, enough said), and Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War.
Zootopia, for those not in the know, will be a CGI animated comedy about a group of animals from different habitats living together. The official synopsis is as follows:
“In the film, the modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when optimistic Officer Judy Hopps arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde, to solve the mystery.”
As yet, no voice casting has been announced.
Of course, the highlight of 2016 will be the return of everyone’s favourite blue fish for Finding Dory, as well as The BFG, which has been crying out for a strong adaptation to be made. Let’s hope Spielberg delivers.
2017 will surely be one of Disney’s strongest years to date. Where do we even begin with the list? There will be Star Wars: Episode VIII, the live action Beauty and the Beast which has an amazing cast lineup, and Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Jack Sparrow will also take to the high seas again for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Not only that, but 2017 will mark the release of Toy Story 4, and the world will once again have their hearts captured by Buzz, Woody and the gang.
There really is something for everyone, and if anyone is wondering what to watch at the cinema for the next three years, Disney’s got you covered.
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