Sometimes, a film just doesn’t come together. It can be for a bunch of reasons: funding, studio upheavals, or the monster known as the creative process. For whatever reason, when active development on a film is stopped, that’s when it’s sent to development hell. There it stays until someone decides to give it another shot. A successful example of this is 2016’s Deadpool.
Still it’s a sad day when a film enters that not-so-promised land, the Disney film Gigantic has done just that.
The animated feature was slated for a 2020 release date. It was described as an updated take on the fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk. In it, Jack would befriend a female giant. The talent behind it looked really good. Inside Out co-writer Meg LeFauve and Tangled co-writer Nick Greno were directing the project. Music would be written by Frozen duo Robert Lopez and Kirsten Anderson-Lopez.
According to the studio, the creative process for the film was just hitting a lot of walls. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ed Catmull, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios president, said.
“With Gigantic, we’ve come to that point, and although it’s a difficult decision, we are ending active development for now. We are focusing our energies on another project that has been in the works, which we’ll be sharing more about soon, now set for Thanksgiving 2020.”
It’s a said thing to see. But, as a screenwriting professor once told me, sometimes the best thing to do is walk away rather than deliver a golden turd.
Honestly, this isn’t the first time an animated project has gone into development hell. It won’t be the last time. For Disney/Pixar alone, projects such as King of the Elves and Newt have also recently entered this uncertain stasis.
Still, we can only hope that the project would be revived one day. I think it sounds pretty cool.