As expected since the $71 billion Spring 2019 merger of Disney and Fox, big changes and additions have been added to the film release schedule for the company. The new schedule includes films through 2027 and has some big name announcements.
Three new yet untitled Star Wars films have been added and four Avatar sequels are now on the docket to be released every other year beginning in 2021. Originally, Avatar 2 was set to open on December 18, 2020, but will not debut in theaters on December 17, 2021.
The new as yet untitled Star Wars films are scheduled to release for the weekend prior to Christmas and slated for every other year beginning in 2022. The dates as of now for those releases are December 16, 2022; December 20, 2024; and December 18, 2026.
Previously announced by Disney are two separate Star Wars series, outside of the Skywalker saga that are currently in development from Rian Johnson and Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
The power of the newly formed mogul (monopoly if you will) has been made clear over the next few years. Currently, Disney currently controls more than 38% of the 2019 domestic box office. In addition, between Fox and Disney, since 2009, eight of the years a Disney or Fox film has held the top spot in terms of gross sales.
Disney/Fox will count a total of twenty three releases this year, fifteen of those films have yet to be released. Disney/Fox holds nineteen releases in 2020.
It is also likely, or at least a safe guestimate that Avengers: Endgame will equal if not surpass Avatar as the highest grossing movie in history at the box office. Disney reigns supreme in terms of intellectual property power among film companies.
Moving in the holiday 2020 corridor is Fox/Amblin’s West Side Story adaptation, directed by Steven Spielberg, which will open on December 18, and Disney’s Cruella opening Wednesday, December 23, for the long holiday weekend.
Two Marvel movies will hit theaters in 2020 on May 1 and November 6 respectively. The film titles rumored for these spots are Black Widow, Shang Chi or The Eternals.
The Marvel film New Mutants, has been bumped several times already and has been moved yet again following several reshoots. It has now been scheduled for release on April 3, 2020.
Sci Fi film, Ad Astra, was set to open over Memorial Day weekend but is still in post production causing the film to instead move to September 20.
Disney’s Artemis Fowl based on the Eoin Colfer novel will no longer debut August 9, 2019 and has been bumped to May 29, 2020.
Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil remains on schedule in the third weekend of October; October 18 to be exact. Disney Animation’s Frozen 2 is still set for November 22 and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is all but set in stone for December 20. However, Fox/Blue Sky Studios’ Spies in Disguise, has moved from September 2019 to Christmas.
Pixar’s Onward will open on March 6 and Disney’s live-action take on Mulan on March 27, 2020
“With a strong summer already in place, we are eager to carry that momentum forward over the coming years thanks to a creative wellspring of bold and imaginative stories coming from our world-class studios – including several new chapters of two revered franchises, Avatar and Star Wars.” said Cathleen Taff, President, Theatrical Distribution, Franchise Management, and Business & Audience Insights, The Walt Disney Studios.
If you haven’t purchased stock in Disney and popcorn get on that bandwagon now because Disney doesn’t appear to be slowing down and the power of the company continues to pick up steam.
If you are interested in the full line-up complete with dates (subject to change) here it is:
Tolkien (Fox Searchlight) – May 10
Aladdin (Dis) – May 24
Dark Phoenix (Fox) – June 7
Toy Story 4 (Dis)- June 21
Stuber (Fox) – July 12
The Lion King (Dis) – July 19
The Art of Racing in the Rain (Fox) – Aug 9
Ready or Not (Fox Searchlight) – Aug. 23
Ad Astra (Fox) – Sept. 20
The Woman in the Window (Fox) – Oct. 4
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (Dis) – Oct. 18
Ford v. Ferrari (Fox) – Nov. 15
Frozen 2 (Dis) – Nov. 22
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – Dec. 20
Spies in Disguise (Fox) – Dec. 25
Underwater (Fox) – Jan. 10
Untitled Kingsman Movie (Fox) – Feb. 14
Call of the Wild (Fox) – Feb. 21
Onward (Dis) – March 6
Mulan (Dis) – March 27
The New Mutants (Fox) – April 3
Untitled Marvel (Dis)- May 1
Artemis Fowl (Dis) – May 29
Untitled Pixar (Dis) – June 19
Free Guy (Fox) – July 3
Bob’s Burgers (Fox) – July 17
Jungle Cruise (Dis) – July 24
The One and Only Ivan (Dis) – Aug. 14
Death on the Nile (Fox) – Oct. 9
Untitled Marvel (Dis) – Nov. 6
Ron’s Gone Wrong (Dis) – Nov. 6
Untitled Disney Animation – Nov. 25
West Side Story (Fox/Amblin) – Dec. 18
Cruella (Dis) – Dec. 23
Untitled Disney Marvel – Feb. 12.
Nimona (Fox) – March 5
Untitled Disney Live Action -March 12
Untitled Disney Marvel – May 5
Untitled Disney Live Action – May 28
Untitled Pixar – June 18
Untitled Indiana Jones – July 9
Untitled Disney Live Action – July 30
Untitled Disney Live Action – Oct. 8
Untitled Disney Marvel – Nov. 5
Untitled Disney Animation – Nov. 24
Avatar 2 (Fox) – Dec. 17
Untitled Disney Marvel – Feb. 18
Untitled Pixar – March 18
Untitled Disney Marvel – May 6
Untitled Disney Live Action – May 27
Untitled Pixar – June 17
Untitled Disney Live Action – July 8
Untitled Disney Marvel – July 29
Untitled Disney Live Action – Oct. 7
Untitled Disney Live Action – Nov. 4
Untitled Disney Animation – Nov. 23
Untitled Star Wars (Dis) – Dec. 16.
Untitled Disney Live Action – Feb. 17
Avatar 3 (Fox) – Dec. 22
Untitled Star Wars (Dis)- Dec. 20
Avatar 4 (Fox) – Dec. 19
Untitled Star Wars (Dis)- Dec. 18
Avatar 5 (Fox) – Dec. 17
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