Disney's Upcoming Movie Releases - From 2019 to 2023

Untitled Disney Live-Action Movie - March 12, 2021

At the rate in which Disney is producing live-action movies, especially ones based on their past animated films, it's possible that this date could be reserved for the long in-development Pinocchio movie. Paddington's Paul King is directing the film and the script is currently being worked on. Since it was reported that filming on Pinocchio could begin in either 2019 or 2020, it makes sense to release the movie in March 2021. Plus, that release date would coincide with Disney's past live-action remake releases, such as Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and Dumbo - all of which have released in March of their respective years.

Untitled Disney Live-Action Movie - May 28, 2021

One project that is routinely in the news these days is Disney's live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid. While the Mouse House has more than just live-action remakes in the works, it stands to reason that a movie like The Little Mermaid would do well in a prime summer release date. Guy Ritchie's Aladdin movie will be a good test for this. While there's no one currently attached to the project, it's been reported that Mary Poppins Returns' Rob Marshall is Disney's top choice to direct. It's certainly possible that he may board the adaptation depending on how successful his Mary Poppins sequel turns out. If he does take the job, then it would be his fourth Disney movie in a row, the previous ones being Mary Poppins Returns, Into the Woods, and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

Untitled Pixar Animation - June 18, 2021

Unfortunately, as with Pixar's 2020 movies, there's no telling what their June 2021 movie will be. However, it must be something big for them to carve out yet another June release date. Aside from Toy Story 4 releasing in June 2019, Pixar has released Cars 3, Finding Dory, Inside Out, and Monsters University in June over the past few years - three of which are sequels. Even though Pixar previously stated in 2016 that they weren't considering any sequels to previous movies, it's possible they could've changed their mind by now. And among all their movies that warrant a sequel, most people want to see another Inside Out. While there's nothing to suggest that Inside Out 2 is in development, it could certainly be produced by the time 2021 rolls around if Pixar is interested in making it happen.

Indiana Jones 5 - July 9, 2021

Indiana Jones poster

Even though the Indiana Jones franchise is a Lucasfilm production, it's not a Star Wars film, which is why it's on this list. It was long believed that Indiana Jones 5 would happen at some point after Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012, and that belief came true when the studio announced in 2016 plans to produce another Indiana Jones movie. Unfortunately, it's been delayed multiple times since then - first from 2019 to 2020, and then again one more time to 2021. Indiana Jones 5, which sees Steven Spielberg return as director and Harrison Ford return in the title role, is now being written by Solo: A Star Wars Story co-writer Jon Kasdan.

Untitled Disney Live-Action Movie - July 30, 2021

Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book 2 could potentially release in July 2021. The filmmaker released his first Jungle Book movie in 2016 and then almost immediately began working on a live-action adaptation of The Lion King (live-action in the way that it's filmed). While there's a three-year gap between The Jungle Book and The Lion King hitting theaters, it stands to reason that Favreau would have perfected making these movies by the time he gets going on The Jungle Book 2. Plus, it shouldn't take as long to make a sequel than it is to start an entirely new project altogether.

Untitled Disney Live-Action Movie - October 8, 2021

Disney Movie Dark Villains Witch Snow White

Among their many, many live-action movies in development, it's possible that Disney may attempt to release one of their live-action remakes in the fall season, particularly one that is closely associated with Halloween. It would be a step in a new direction for them, especially since they don't typically release movies in this time-frame. Taking that into account, their live-action remake of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves could release in this date, but they would need to get the ball rolling on that project sooner rather than later.

Untitled Disney Animation - November 24, 2021

Lin Manuel Miranda and Joel Dawson in Mary Poppins Returns

While there are two Pixar movies hitting theaters in 2021, Disney has slotted the prime Thanksgiving release date for one of their Disney Animation films. It's a time-frame they've seen astounding success with in recent years and not something they want to let go of. Even though they have quite a few projects in development, it's nearly impossible to tell what this could be. However, it's plausible that Lin-Manuel Miranda's secret Disney Animation project could debut in 2021, depending, of course, on when it enters production.

Untitled Disney Live-Action Movie - December 22, 2021

Again, it stands to reason that every one of Disney's upcoming live-action movies that are scheduled to release in December - from 2020 until 2023 - could be replaced with James Cameron's Avatar sequels. In this case, that would be Avatar 3, which is reportedly titled Avatar: The Seed Bearer. It has already completed production and is now in the post-production phase.

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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 II (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 (2020) release date: May 29, 2020
  • Jungle Cruise (2020) release date: Jul 24, 2020
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