Shortly after announcing the release dates of two untitled Marvel movies, Walt Disney Pictures announced Planes: Fire & Rescue, a sequel to this summer's Disney's Planes, which is arriving in theaters rather quickly with a July 18th, 2014 release date already planned. This was originally set to be a direct-to-DVD franchise, but it looks as though Disney has enough confidence to make it a theatrical enterprise. No further details have been given at this time.
Also announced was a new title for The Muppets...Again, which is now Muppets Most Wanted. It will keep its original release date of March 21, 2014. Disney's Muppets Most Wanted takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour where they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper. The comedy stars Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell and Tina Fey.
Saving Mr. Banks has been given a limited release date on December 13, 2013, with its wide release date of December 20, 2013 unchanged. Inspired by true events, Saving Mr. Banks stars Tom Hanks as Walt Disney in the extraordinary, untold story of how Disney's classic Mary Poppins made it to the screen, and the testy relationship that the legendary creator had with author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson ) that almost derailed it.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is now opening on October 10, 2014. Starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner, this comedy adventure is based on the award-winning children's book by Judith Viorst, and follows young Alexander through the mishaps of a terrible day for his family after he wishes they all would experience the same troubles he does.
Brad Bird's Tomorrowland is set to open in limited release on December 12, 2014. No plot details have been released at this time, though the film is rumored to deal with UFOs and takes its name from a popular Disneyland attraction. Damon Lindelof is writing the screenplay, with George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Raffey Cassidy and Thomas Robinson set to star.
Into the Woods is now scheduled to be released on December 25, 2014, with Rob Marshall directing. The film is based on the Tony-winning original musical by James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim, and surrounds a baker and his wife's quest to break a witch's curse in order to start a family. Along the way, they encounter several well-known fairy tale characters, and together they learn what happens after "happily ever after". Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal are in talks to star.
Lastly, The Hundred-Foot Journey has been set with an August 8, 2014 release date. Based on the international best-selling book by Richard C. Morais, the film tells the story of an Indian boy living in France who becomes the culinary apprentice to his father's rival. Lasse Hallström will direct, with Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey and Juliet Blake producing.