Disney Reveals Really REALLY Big Slate of Movies
The past week has been stellar as it pertains to upcoming feature films. Besides the big to do in Anaheim at Star Wars Celebration, we had trailers for Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Fantastic Four, and Batman v Superman. It also appears to be a big week for conventions with Chicago’s own ComicCon, C2E2 starting up in two short days as well as being in the midst of Las Vegas’s 5th annual CinemaCon.
CinemaCon has become a convention that showcases upcoming lineups from studios, promotional materials, etc. That being said, today’s big news from Disney brings some interesting developments.
Similar to the slate they revealed at October’s Marvel: Phase 3 Event, Disney provided CinemaCon goers with a nifty slate of everything set to bow within the next two years. Included are films from their Marvel, Pixar, and LucasFilm divisions as well as some Dreamworks pictures (with whom they have a partnership, through Touchtone Pictures).
Ant-Man (July 17): The post Avengers/Phase 2 wrap-up, starring Paul Rudd as the titular character, along with Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lily, and Corey Stoll. Plus, who knows what kinds of Marvel surprises?
Captain America: Civil War (May 6, 2016): Forget Batman v Superman (at least for a little while longer). Captain America vs Iron Man plus more than likely a slew of supers including Black Panther and (more than likely) the new Spider-Man.
Doctor Strange (November 4, 2016): Benedict Cumberbach joins the MCU elite as the Sorcerer Supreme. How will he fit in? What will happen? It’s over a year away, so we won’t really know until it gets closer. But it’s Marvel so it should be stellar regardless.
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (May 5, 2017): Director James Gunn’s follow-up to the 2014 blockbuster hit that had us humming “Hooked on a Feeling” for the entire year. Details are small at this point, but the sequel will deal with Star-Lord’s father as well as some more backstory on the “Daughters of Thanos,” (Gamora and Nebula). Can’t wait for Awesome Mix Vol 2.
Inside Out (June 19): Pixar’s latest CGI animated film about a girl who toys with her emotions… literally. Featuring voices from Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Lewis Black, and many more.
The Good Dinosaur (November 25): This was slated to be released a year or so ago, but was moved back for one reason or another. The film tells the story of an alternate universe where dinosaurs still roam the Earth. Another huge Pixar-worthy cast including John Lithgow, Frances McDormand, Neil Patrick Harris, Bill Hader, and many others.
Finding Dory (June 17, 2016): The (obvious) sequel to the Pixar hit, Finding Nemo, starring Ellen DeGeneres. Albert Brooks is set to return as Marlon as well as some other familiar names from the original. The film will reunite Dory with her family.
Toy Story 4 (June 16, 2017): A stand-alone sequel to the franchise that made Pixar. Little is known about the plot, except that it may not tie directly into the original films. New toy characters, perhaps?
Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens (December 17th): Ok, so if you haven’t seen the trailer… go watch it. Then you’ll know all there is to know. It’s Star Wars, for crying out loud!
Star Wars: Rogue One (December 16, 2016): The first of (many?) side story films in the “Star Wars Cinematic Universe.” This film (directed by Godzilla’s Gareth Edwards, and starring Felicity Jones), will tell the story of how the rebels got their hands on the blueprints for the Death Star. Expect many Bothan deaths.
Star Wars Episode 8 (May 26, 2017): Still quite a long way away. This film will be the second in the new Disney-owned Star Wars Trilogy.
Bridge of Spies (October 16): Set during the 1960s Cold War era, this film is based on the U-2 incident where Russians shot down a U.S. spy plane. Directed by Steven Spielberg, written by the Coen Brothers, and starring Tom Hanks. Oscars, anyone?
Ghost in the Shell (April 14, 2017): A live-action version of the popular anime series, starring Scarlett “Black Widow” Johansson.
Tomorrowland (May 22): A sci-fi story based on Disney’s popular Tomorrowland section of their theme parks, starring George Clooney and Hugh Laurie. I hope they include an updated Carousel of Progress.
The Finest Hours (January 29, 2016): Another drama film, based on the U.S. Coast Guard’s most daring sea rescue. Starring Chris Pine.
Zootopia (March 4, 2016): Disney Animation’s follow-up to Frozen, about a city of animals. Stars Jason Bateman.
The Jungle Book (April 15, 2016): Not to be confused with Andy Serkis’s Jungle Book: Origins which comes out the following year. Starring Bill Murray as Baloo, Ben Kingsley as Bageerah, and Christopher Walken as King Louie, among others. Definitely sounds like a lot of fun.
Alice Through the Looking Glass (May 27, 2016): The sequel to Tim Burton’s hit retelling of Alice in Wonderland, produced by Burton, and directed by James Bobin (Muppets Most Wanted). Obviously, the sequel will be a retelling of James Caroll’s second book of the same name. Beware the Jabberwocky.
The BFG (July 1, 2016): Not a movie about the gun from Doom, but another book-adapted film about a Big Friendly Giant. Directed by Steven Spielberg.
Pete’s Dragon (August 12, 2016): An updated version of the 1970’s classic, starring Robert Redford, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Wes Bentley. I just hope it can hold a candle (on the water) to the original.
Moana (November 23, 2016): Disney Animated’s next “Princess” film about the daughter of a South Pacific chieftain. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is rumored to be in talks for one of the voices.
Beauty and the Beast (March 17, 2017): With the success of Alice, Maleficent, and Cinderella, Disney continues their trend of live-action fairy tale remakes with a musical based on Beauty and the Beast. Stars Harry Potter’s Emma Watson as Belle.
Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (July 7, 2017): The next sequel to the mega-successful Pirates franchise, starring Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow. Javier Bardem is set to play the film’s villain.
As with everything, there are no guarantees that the dates listed are set in stone. But if you’re a fan of Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, etc., it would appear your next two years are.