Brief Highlights of the Disney Investor Day Announcement!

Disney’s Investor Day this year has become a big deal, a streamed presentation with all their news, especially about the direct to consumer streaming services. While I was completely wrong about ‘Black Widow’ getting moved to streaming, here are some of the confirmed headlines:

After beating their subscriber targets by about 3 years, here’s the news for Disney+ where they’re aiming to ‘bring something new every week‘:

  • Getting 10 Marvel series though I’ll focus on the Marvel news in another post. Linked HERE…
  • Also 10 Star Wars series: of course there’s more Mandalorian and two spin-offs, ‘Ahsoka’ and ‘Rangers of the New Republic’ which will come together for a big crossover ‘event’. Also Rogue One spin-off series ‘Andor’ from Tony Gilroy. ‘Obi-Wan’ with Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christiansen returning as Darth Vader which will be a limited series. Another which will be following the adventures of Lando. As well as a 10-episode anime series, ‘Visions’. Sith-focused series ‘The Acolyte‘ will be quite different. With the recent track-record of the Star Wars franchise, a couple of these will be delayed or cancelled. 
  • Big movie news for Disney+ includes films like Jungle Cruise. A Lion King prequel from Barry Jenkins. The Little Mermaid live-action adaptation is coming with Lin-Manuel Miranda writing more songs. Pinocchio directed by Robert Zemeckis starring Tom Hanks. Peter Pan & Wendy with a great cast including Jude Law as Hook is planned for 2022 and ‘Cruella’ with Emma Stone is ahead of that. ‘Disenchanted‘ with Amy Adams back as Gisele. Also unexpectedly Sister Act 3.
  • Taking more beloved properties, there’s a ‘Willow’ series coming, filmed here in Wales. Also shows based on ‘The Mighty Ducks’ starring Emilio Estevez and Lauren Graham, and ‘Turner & Hooch’.
  • Beauty and the Beast musical prequel series with stars from the movie. 
  • Swiss Family Robinson and Percy Jackson series. The Mysterious Benedict Society which I’d never heard of but it looks great. 
  • ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ will be simultaneously released, a la ‘Mulan’ on Premier Access March 5th 2021.
  • Big Hero 6 animated series ‘Baymax’ that’s a proper continuation of the movie. ‘Zootopia+’ that’s taking a closer look at the TV of that world with characters we met in the movie. ‘Tiana’ a series from ‘Princess and the Frog’. ‘Moana’ which will be a musical series, though Lin-Manuel isn’t confirmed.
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda is working with the directors of Zootopia on the next Disney animated movie ‘Encanto’. 
  • An awesome-sounding African animation series, Iwaju, a collaboration with Kugali. 
  • Movies are in the works such as Hocus Pocus 2, Three Men and A Baby with Zefron, and some dramatic sports movies based on sports stars and stories. Cheaper by the Dozen and Diary of A Wimpy Kid reboots are also on the way. Another Ice Age film, and an animated Night at the Museum.
  • In Europe and some other territories ‘Star’ will be added to Disney+ (February) bringing the above PG13 content from Fox and Disney-owned TV all within the main app in many places as a brand. I’m hoping this includes the UK, though that wasn’t clear.

Some other movies news including:

  • Star Wars movies, one as previously announced from Taika Waititi, while Patty Jenkins is surprisingly making ‘Rogue Squadron’. One of these won’t happen as announced, ‘creative differences’ will arise. 
  • Indiana Jones is progressing with James Mangold.

ALSO: They’re producing a few new shows from the creators of ‘This is Us’, ‘New Girl’, and David E. Kelly that look really promising with top names such as Michael Keaton, Rosario Dawson, Martin Short and Steve Martin. These are heading to Hulu in the US and ‘Star’ elsewhere.

  • Ordered season 5 of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ and lots more adult animation such as ‘Bob’s Burgers’ which I love!
  • FX branded shows, now available through Hulu or Star outside the US, including Archer and 4 more seasons of It’s Always Sunny in Philidelphia. Also a show from Taika Waititi, and an adaptation of ‘Y The Last Man‘.
  • An Alien series from Noah Hawley and Ridley Scott

These shows are either already hugely successful, or destined to be, there are the biggest names involved!

 

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