Disney has secured five release dates spanning between 2017 and 2019 for new live-action fairy tale movies. Although we don't know exactly which movies will open in these particular slots, two of them will be The Jungle Book 2 and Maleficent 2. There are a number of other projects in various stages of development at Disney, so we'll have to wait and see which other family adventures claim these dates. For now, all we know are the dates themselves.
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that the first date, July 28, 2017, actually replaces a previous untitled project set to open on December 22, 2017, one week after Star Wars: Episode VIII. The other dates are April 6, 2018, August 3, 2018, December 25, 2018 and December 20, 2019. The July 28, 2017 project will go up against Sony's Jumanji reboot, while all of the other unspecified projects don't have any direct competition in those release dates yet. But that will surely change. Disney had previously set November 2, 2018, and November 8, 2019 dates for two more unspecified projects, meaning now there will be four fairy tale movies debuting in 2018 alone.
Just days before The Jungle Book opened in theaters earlier this month, we reported that director Jon Favreau and writer Justin Marks were in talks with Disney to return for The Jungle Book sequel. No story details have been given yet, and it isn't known if the sequel will be inspired by another one of author Rudyard Kipling's timeless stories about young Mowgli (Neel Sethi). This report claims that The Jungle Book 2 could be ready for either the August 2018 or November 2018 release slots. Maleficent 2 was first announced last June, with Angelina Jolie set to come back as the title character, and Linda Woolverton also returning to write the script.
As for the rest of these dates, there are a number of fairy tale projects that could be slotted into these dates. Some of the fairy tale projects Disney is currently developing include Cruella, which has Emma Stone attached to star, Jungle Cruise starring Dwayne Johnson, A Wrinkle in Time with Ava DuVernay set to direct, Dumbo which will be directed by Tim Burton, a Mary Poppins sequel starring Emily Blunt and Lin Manuel Miranda, Tinker Bell starring Reese Witherspoon and The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, which Lasse Hallstrom is directing. It isn't known when the studio may reveal which movies have taken which dates.
Disney already has a number of fairy tale movies coming out before these dates. The studio will debut Alice Through the Looking Glass on May 27, followed by the live-action/animation hybrid Pete's Dragon on August 12 and Beauty and the Beast on March 17, 2017. We'll be sure to keep you posted with any updates on Disney's live action fairy tale slate.