A Wrinkle in Time - March 9th, 2018
This cinematic adaptation of Madeline L’Engle’s novel of the same name was scripted by Jennifer Lee, of Frozen directorial fame. We’ll blame her if this turns out to be as addictive. A Wrinkle in Time is directed by Ava DuVernay, and features a strong cast - including Storm Reid, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Levi Miller, Deric McCabe, Chris Pine, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Peña, Zach Galifianakis, and Oprah Winfrey.
Principal photography has already wrapped, and DuVernay seemed to be enjoying every second; she adores the book so this is a real passion project for her. A Wrinkle in Time is a fantasy tale, telling the story of Meg Murry and brother Charles Wallace, who travel through space and cross dimensions via a ‘wrinkle in time’ to find their missing scientist father with the help of a mysterious Tesseract. The book is the first in a series, so if this live-action adaptation does well, we could see more Wrinkle in Time movies to come.
Magic Camp - April 6th, 2018
Not too much is known about this, the second live-action Disney release of 2018. The movie is written by Steve Martin, and of course, it’s a comedy. Cast includes Adam DeVine, Jeffrey Tambor, Gillian Jacobs, Nathaniel McIntyre, J.J. Totah and Cole Sand. Totah in particular is a Disney stalwart, appearing in Jessie, Sofia the First, and Liv and Maddie.
Magic Camp tells the story of Andy (Devine), who returns to the camp of his youth, hoping to reignite his career. Instead, he finds inspiration in his bunch of rookie magicians. The movie sounds like a mix of School of Rock and the beloved Disney Channel movie, Camp Rock, but with magic instead of music. Director Mark Waters has previous pedigree with Freaky Friday and Mean Girls, so we could totally be on board with this one when it arrives.
The Incredibles 2 - June 15th, 2018
After a long wait, Brad Bird brings us The Incredibles 2. It’s fair to say that most people are pretty excited for this release. After all, The Incredibles was a great superhero movie that perfectly blended everything we want from a Pixar movie, and everything we want from a superhero film. We’ve already included this on our superhero movie release slate list, but to leave it out of this one too would be sacrilege. Samuel L. Jackson returns as the voice of Frozone, with Holly Hunter as Elastigirl. Other than that, the remaining voice cast and plot remain tightly under wraps. Still, is it too much to say this is going to be incredible?
Untitled Disney Live-Action Fairytale - August 3rd, 2018
There’s a lot of these slots on the list, and it’s anyone’s guess what they could be filled with. Given that the date is only a little more than a year out, whatever movie sits here will need to get going. To that end, this could well turn out to be the release of Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin, which is due to film this summer. The musical is rumoured to feature Will Smith as Genie, while Aladdin is being cast from open auditions.
Live-Action Mulan - November 2nd, 2018
The live-action version of Mulan will release 20 years after its animated original. Director Niki Caro caused some backlash early on when she suggested that the remake might not be a musical (and therefore wouldn't include Disney classic "I'll Make Man Out Of You." Needless to say, Caro has since backtracked and said the movie will definitely include music in some capacity. Disney have also made the effort to cast Chinese actors in the roles, though we don’t know who they are just yet. Casting announcements should come pretty soon.
Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 - November 21st, 2018
The follow-up to Disney’s 2012 hit Wreck-It Ralph, Ralph Breaks the Internet picks up with our computer game hero when a Wifi router gets plugged into the arcade game. Oh, the adventures he might have in the vast playground of the internet (not to mention the endless potential for jokes). The original voice cast returns: John C. Reilly as Wreck-It Ralph, Sarah Silverman as Vanellope, Jack McBrayer as Fix-It Felix Jr., and Jane Lynch as Sergeant Calhoun. Alan Tudyk and James Corden are also listed among the cast.
Mary Poppins Returns - December 25th, 2018
Disney will round out 2018 with perhaps the most star-studded movie of them all (Marvel offerings excluded). A sequel to Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins Returns is currently filming in London, with Emily Blunt playing the titular nanny. Opposite, is Lin-Manuel Miranda as lamplighter Jack, his first major film role. Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, Ben Whishaw, Julie Walters, and Emily Mortimer co-star. Best of all, though, Mary Poppins Returns sees Angela Lansbury appearing as a balloon seller, and Dick van Dyke singing and dancing as George Dawes Jr. - one of the roles he played in Mary Poppins, 54 years prior.
Naturally, this is a full musical, and it’s set to be huge. Anticipation is high, along with a healthy dose of curiosity over whether anyone can really play Mary Poppins other than Julie Andrews. Set photos look fantastic; the depression-era London setting standing out as scenes were filmed in St James’ Park with Miranda and Blunt on bikes. The movie is directed by Rob Marshall, who also helmed Into the Woods for Disney.
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