On the heels of the overwhelming success of The Jungle Book, Disney confirmed that a sequel is in the works, as well announcing plans for several upcoming live-action films over the next couple of years, and many of the projects are very exciting.
Although the studio has claimed several release dates in 2017, 2018, and 2019, there is no word yet on which projects will coincide with each date, but we do have an idea of what some of the projects will be as reported by Variety. Not all of the projects are even confirmed, but the most likely candidates to succeed are a sequel to Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book, and a sequel to Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie. Another exciting prospect is yet another sequel, this time to Mary Poppins that has Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda attached.
Other projects that are in the works that are not sequels include Cruella (a story based on the villain from 101 Dalmations that has Emma Stone attached as the namesake character), Jungle Cruise (which we can presume will be based on the popular Disney Parks attraction) that has Dwayne Johnson attached, a Tim Burton-helmed Dumbo, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, and an adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time. Another interesting prospect is a Tinker Bell film starring Reese Witherspoon.
At this time, all of these projects are in different stages of development, so some may not actually come to fruition, but these are some very interesting ideas. And with only five slots upcoming, surely some of these will have to take a back seat. I am a huge Disney fan, and I am genuinely excited for all of these. I generally don’t find sequels to be very intriguing, but that Mary Poppins project has definitely piqued my interest, particularly with Lin-Manuel Miranda’s name being thrown around with it.
Which one of these projects are you the most excited about? Are there any projects you would like to see added to the list? Let us know!
Erin has reviewed many shows over the years including Orphan Black, iZombie, Penny Dreadful, and Killing Eve. She has a keen eye for on-screen chemistry, and loves to tackle the subject of casting. She is also our horror aficionado. She live tweets shows, and loves to share her feelings. Erin has a BA in History, and likes to analyze the lore behind historical fiction. She attends San Diego Comic Con every year and has also attended C2E2 and WonderCon.
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