Movie scheduling is a big, ongoing game, and as soon as one studio announces their moves, it doesn’t take long for another to put their cards on the table. This week started out with Fox laying claim to a bunch of dates, from this fall all the way through the year 2025. And now it’s Disney’s turn. They’ve just announced the following dates for some big, highly anticipated movies.
A Wrinkle in Time – March 9, 2018 (previously April 6, 2018)
Magic Camp – April 6, 2018 (previously August 3, 2018)
Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 – November 21, 2018 (previously March of 2018)
Star Wars: Episode IX – May 24, 2019
The Lion King – July 19, 2019
Frozen 2 – November 27, 2019
Indiana Jones 5 – July 10, 2020 (previously July 2019)
Gigantic – November 25, 2020 (previously November 2018)
The most notable change there is the two-year slide Gigantic is taking. It looks like Walt Disney Animation Studios is taking a page out of Pixar’s playbook, which is known for making significant alterations to its animated films deep into production (read about Finding Dory’s changes here). It’s obviously way too early to say how significantly Gigantic will be changing – all they’ve shown from the movie so far is the concept art above – but clearly the studio has some retooling they want to do for their new riff on the classic Jack and the Beanstalk parable.
The next Indiana Jones has slid a year, which is a bit of a bummer. Disney and Lucasfilm are intent on keeping the series going with Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford, and the blunt truth is that neither party is getting younger, so every year the production pushes makes it a harder and harder film to realize.
And as for the last notable change, we already knew Star Wars: Episode IX was targeting a May 2019 date, but this officially makes it the first to break from the new trilogy’s tradition of a Christmas release. And it’s funny, because it was a bit of a change for The Force Awakens to be a winter movie instead of a summer one, but now that we’ve gotten used to Star Wars and the colder holidays going hand in hand it’ll be strange lining up for one when it’s scorching outside.