Inspired by the ongoing global success of The Jungle Book, The Walt Disney Studios is moving ahead on its previously announced development slate including its Mary Poppins sequel to star Emily Blunt.
The roster includes the return of Jon Favreau and writer Justin Marks for The Jungle Book 2, a Tinker Bell project with Reese Witherspoon, Maleficent 2 led once again by Angelina Jolie, and Cruella with Emma Stone attached and Kelly Marcel of Saving Mr Banks and Fifty Shades Of Grey fame on board to write.
The slate features theme park adaptation Jungle Cruise pairing Dwayne Johnson with Bad Santa writers John Requa and Glenn Ficarra, Tim Burton’s Dumbo project, and adventure A Wrinkle In Time, the Madeleine L’Engle sci-fi book adaptation that last emerged from the Disney vaults as a TV movie in 2003 and sees Ava DuVerney attached to direct from a screenplay by Jennifer Lee.
The slate of reimagined classics includes The Nutcracker And The Four Realms, which teams director Lasse Hallstrom with writer Ashleigh Powell.
The studio announced it had dated the following unspecified titles and will announce more “in the coming weeks”:
Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (live action), which moves up from December 22, 2017, to July 28, 2017;
Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (live action) now set for April 6, 2018;
Untitled Disney Live Action set for August 3, 2018;
Untitled Disney Live Action to open on December 25, 2018; and
Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (live action) set for December 20, 2019.
Coming up via Disney are Alice Through The Looking Glass on May 27 and Pete’s Dragon on August 12. Beauty And The Beast debuts on March 17, 2017.