Disney officially announced Maleficent 2, The Jungle Book 2 and more!
With director Jon Favreau‘s The Jungle Book number one at the domestic box office for the second week in a row, Walt Disney Pictures has officially updated its release schedule for its upcoming live-action fairy tale films. Along with the new schedule comes a number of project confirmations, including the official announcement of both another Favreau-helmed Jungle Book film and the return of Angelina Jolie in Maleficent 2! The Jungle Book sequel will also see the return of screenwriter Justin Marks, while Linda Woolverton will be back to write Maleficent 2.
The current schedule will next deliver James Bobin’s Alice in Wonderland sequel, Alice Through the Looking Glass, to theaters on May 27. August 12 will then bring David Lowery’s updated take on Pete’s Dragon, while March 17, 2017 will bring director Bill Condon’s much-anticipated, live-action take on Beauty and the Beast.
While no specific titles have yet been announced connected to the following dates, Disney will deliver another live-action fairy tale feature on July 28, 2017 (one was previously set for December 22, 2017). 2018 will then bring three films: a fairy tale film on April 6 with two non-specified live-action features arriving on August 3 and December 25. Another live-action fairy tale film has claimed a December 20, 2019 release.
In addition to The Jungle Book 2 and Maleficent 2, live-action projects in the works at Disney include Cruella, which will star Emma Stone as the 101 Dalmatians villain and which will feature a screenplay by Kelly Marcel. A Wrinkle in Time, meanwhile, will adapt the Madeleine L’Engle novel with Ava DuVernay directing from a script by Jennifer Lee. Jungle Cruise will star Dwayne Johnson and will feature a screenplay by John Requa and Glenn Ficarra writing. Tim Burton will direct Dumbo with Ehren Kruger writing. Rob Marshall will take on a Mary Poppins sequel with Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda set to star. Lasse Hallstrom will direct Ashleigh Powell’s script The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. And finally, Reese Witherspoon will play Tinker Bell in an untitled feature scripted by Victoria Strouse!