Disney No Longer Developing Animated Jack & the Beanstalk Film


Instead Disney Animation is pursuing another project for that release date, the details of which are still TBD. Other projects like King of the Elves and Newt are now inactive titles for Disney, but with the way Disney puts their own spin of classic fairytales, I was pretty much looking forward to what they had in store for big.

"It is impossible to know, when we start a project, how the creative process will evolve and, a few times, regardless of the passion that inspires us, or our love of the topic, it simply does not work". The Jack and the Beanstalk re-vamp was to be about an alternate version of the fairy tale where Jack makes a friend in the giant he meets at the top of the beanstalk.

Elsewhere, Pixar is preparing to launch the animated musical Coco on November 22, and Disney Animation will release Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 on November 21 2018.

Disney has announced it is cancelling work on upcoming animation big. "Gigantic" was originally set for release November 25, 2020, but the studio have cited "hitting a creative wall" as the reason for the project's death.

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The film was first announced at the D23 Expo in 2015 and was set to be directed by Tangled's Nathan Greno, with music by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez of Frozen fame.

Ed Catmull, acting president of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, issued a statement addressing the decision to drop the project, explaining that the movie "just isn't working". We've come to that point, and although it's a hard decision, we are ending active development for now. "We focus our energy on other projects, that we will be unveiling soon, and which are now planned for Thanksgiving 2020".

What that new animated project will be is yet to be seen, but THR revealed that insiders are saying it will be an original feature.

The news of Gigantic's fate will no doubt come as a disappointment to Disney Animation fans, given that big was loaded with behind-the-scenes talent.