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Disney's Upcoming Movie Releases - From 2018 to 2023

Untitled Disney Live-Action Movie - February 14, 2020

Disney's first movie of 2020 is currently an untitled live-action film. Since it's in February 2020 and there isn't a clear sign of what it could be, not to mention the fact that nothing significant is on the docket to enter production soon, it's possible that this date will ultimately be removed from Disney's schedule. Plus, the Mouse House may not want to compete directly DC's Birds of Prey (which would be in its second weekend of release) or Bond 25.

Onward - March 6, 2020

Pixar's first original movie since 2017's Coco is officially titled Onward, a new film from Monsters University's Dan Scanlon. Featuring voice work from Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Octavia Spencer, Onward is a high-profile release from the famed animation studio that will be set in an "suburban fantasy world" and follow "two teenage elf brothers who embark on an extraordinary quest to discover if there is still a little magic left out there." Very little is known about the project right now, but it's something that will surely catch more attention as 2020 nears.

Mulan - March 27, 2020

The live-action version of Mulan will release more than 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, with Liu Yifei playing the titular character. Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee, Yoson An, Jet Li, and more join the supporting cast.

Maleficent 2 - May 29, 2020

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales co-director Joachim Rønning is helming Maleficent 2, a sequel to 2014's Maleficent movie starring Angelina Jolie as the eponymous character and Elle Fanning as Aurora. In addition to Juno Temple, Sam Reilly, and more reprising their roles from the first movie, Michelle Pfeiffer and Chiwetel Ejiofor, among a few others, will be joining the series for the first time in new roles. Filming began exactly two years prior to its release date and concluded in August 2018, thus giving the creative team a long post-production process to nail down the movie's visual effects.

Untitled Pixar Animation - June 19, 2020

Pixar's second untitled movie of 2020 is also an original project from one of their creative filmmakers. Again, this could be something either from Pete Docter, Mark Andrews, Teddy Newton, or Brian Fee. One thing is for sure, though, it's not a sequel, and it's not a continuation to any of their franchises, such as Cars and Finding Nemo.

Jungle Cruise - July 24, 2020

Originally slated to release in October 2019, Disney's Jungle Cruise, an adaptation of their iconic Disneyland ride from director Jaume Collet-Serra, is now scheduled to be the studio's big mid-summer release in 2020. And the new release date makes sense considering that Emily Blunt (their new Mary Poppins) and Dwayne Johnson (one of the most popular actors in the world) are headlining the film, which appears to be billed as Disney's next Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

Untitled Disney Live-Action Movie - October 9, 2020

This is an instance in which a release date might be removed, but it will be for a rather unique reason for Disney: it will be due to their Disney-Fox deal. At the moment, Disney will reportedly release all-completed 20th Century Fox movies (or, at least, films that are in production by the time they acquire Fox). Considering that Kenneth Branagh's Murder on the Orient Express sequel, Death on the Nile, is scheduled to release on October 2, 2020, Disney may not want to compete with a movie they distributing, so this date could ultimately be removed from the schedule.

Untitled Disney Live-Action Movie - December 23, 2020

Disney typically avoids December releases, at least they have been ever since they started releasing Star Wars sequels in that month. But that changed in 2018, with Mary Poppins Returns. In 2020, since there won't be another Star Wars movie releasing in the holiday season, the date is open for the Mouse House to swoop in. However, considering that Walt Disney Pictures will take control of the Avatar franchise, thanks to their Disney-Fox deal, it makes sense that this particular date will be removed from the schedule so that Disney can release Avatar 2 on December 18.

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Key Release Dates
  • Mulan (2020) release date: Mar 27, 2020
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet/Wreck-It Ralph 2 (2018) release date: Nov 21, 2018
  • Mary Poppins Returns (2018) release date: Dec 19, 2018
  • The Lion King (2019) release date: Jul 19, 2019
  • Frozen 2 (2019) release date: Nov 22, 2019
  • Indiana Jones 5 (2021) release date: Jul 09, 2021
  • Dumbo (2019) release date: Mar 29, 2019
  • Aladdin (2019) release date: May 24, 2019
  • Artemis Fowl (2019) release date: Aug 09, 2019
  • Jungle Cruise (2020) release date: Jul 24, 2020
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