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Marvel's Blade reboot delays its release as it sharpens its hunt for a new director, causing new dates for Deadpool 3, Avengers: Secret Wars, and more.

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UPDATED: October 11, 2022 to reflect the new dates for Blade, Avenger: Secret Wars, Deadpool 3 and more.

The Disney-owned Marvel has delayed its revamped take on Blade as it sharpens its hunt for a new director. With that film now premiering September 6, 2024, new dates have also been given to Deadpool 3 (now coming November 8, 2024), Fantastic Four (February 14, 2025), Avengers: Secret Wars (May 1, 2026), and more.

Still, the Mouse House has enough subsidiaries that it still knows how to get that cheddar. The Studio announced at its 2022 D23 Expo that the new animated movie musical Wish — about the backstory for the star that so many Disney characters have wished upon — will be out in November 2023. That film stars West Side Story’s Ariana DeBose with Chris Buck and Fawn Veerasunthorn directing.

Meanwhile, and especially thanks to its connections to 20th Century Studios, Walt Disney Studios’ fall lineup includes prestige projects like a chance to get the In Bruges gang back together for The Banshees of Inisherin as well as the suspense thriller The Menu, which stars Anya Taylor-Joy and Nicholas Hoult.

Below, we’ve gathered details for some of the Disney and Disney-associated films that are expected to hit in the next few years. We’ll add to this list as more information becomes available, especially in regards to the speculation surrounding Marvel and Pixar movies still waiting release dates – and, in some cases, titles.

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Upcoming Premieres

Below, you’ll find the Disney-produced projects that have locked release dates – for now. Among them are big-hitters like Black Panther 2 and the new Avatar. Expect some of the dates to shift as announcements are made, and note that the situation with the coronavirus and theater openings are still not concrete. We’ll keep this list updated so you’re always on top of what’s coming up. We’ve also noted which of these are 20th Century Studios and Searchlight Pictures releases.


 

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(20th Century Studios)
Release Date: October 14, 2022
Director: Karen Maine
Starring: Kaitlyn Dever

This dark comedy is based on the “other” woman in the story of Romeo and Juliet — the ex Romeo is still pining after when he sets eyes on Juliet. Based on the novel When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle, this modern take on the story will star Booksmart’s Dever and comes from a script by (500) Days of Summer’s Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber. It will be released on Hulu.



(Searchlight Pictures)
Release date: October 21, 2022
Director: Martin McDonagh
Starring: Brendan Gleeson, Colin Farrell

Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell reunite with their In Bruges writer-director McDonagh for an adaptation of the scribe’s play (the third in a trilogy of his plays set around the Aran Islands and also one that was never published). Barry Keoghan and Kerry Condon also star.


 

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Release Date: November 11, 2022
Director: Ryan Coogler
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett

Much is at stake for the second chapter of Black Panther – including how it will pay tribute to star Chadwick Boseman, who died of complications related to colon cancer in August 2020. It was announced during The Walt Disney Company’s December 2020 investors day that lead character T’Challa will not be recast and, instead, the film “will explore the world of Wakanda & the rich characters introduced in the first film.” The film was scheduled to be released in July 2022, but was pushed to that November.


Anya Taylor-Joy and Ralph Fiennes in the film THE MENU. Photo by Eric Zachanowich. Courtesy of Searchlight Pictures. © 2022 20th Century Studios All Rights Reserved

(Photo by Eric Zachanowich)

(Searchlight Pictures)
Release Date: November 18, 2022
Director: Mark Mylod
Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Nicholas Hoult, Ralph Fiennes

Variety reported in 2020 that Succession director Mylod has replaced Alexander Payne as the helmer of this comedic psychological thriller set in the world of eccentric culinary culture. Taylor-Joy and Hoult play a couple who travel to a remote island to eat at an exclusive restaurant and end up sampling some surprising dishes. Fiennes also stars as Chef Slowik.



Release Date: November 18, 2022
Director: Jeff Malmberg

This is a documentary about one of the only mice people actually want in the houses, concentrating on Mickey’s history and filmography. It will air on Disney+.



Release Date: November 23, 2022
Director: Don Hall
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jaboukie Young-White, Gabrielle Union, Lucy Liu and Dennis Quaid

Formerly titled Searcher Clade after Gyllenhaal’s character, this action-adventure is an ode to pulp magazines. It follows the legendary Clades, a family of explorers whose differences threaten to topple their latest and, by far most crucial, mission.



Release Date: November 24, 2022
Director: Adam Shankman
Cast: Amy Adams

Production on the sequel to the 2007 Certified Fresh fairytale story Enchanted started in May 2021 and it was confirmed during the December 2020 The Walt Disney Company investors day that Amy Adams would be reprising her starring role from the first film. James Marsden, Patrick Dempsey and Idina Menzel will also be reprising their roles while Maya Rudolph and newcomer Gabriella Baldacchino join the cast. The film will air on Disney+.



Release Date: December 2, 2022
Director:  Swinton Scott
Starring: Brady Noon, Hunter Dillon, Chris Diamantopoulos

A second animated film from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series will premiere in 2022 on Disney+. It is not to be confused with the 2011 live-action film with a similar name.


(Searchlight Pictures)
Release Date: December 9, 2022
Director: Sam Mendes
Starring: Olivia Colman

Mendes is directing and writing the film, which Variety says is described as “a love story set in and around a beautiful old cinema on the South Coast of England in the 1980s.”


(20th Century Studios)
Release Date: December 16, 2022
Director: James Cameron
Starring: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Sigourney Weaver

The long-awaited sequel to director Cameron’s box-office hit and Best Picture nominee checks in with Worthington’s former human, Jake Sully, and his partner, Neytiri (Saldana), a member of Na’vi royalty. Weaver, whose character died in the first film, is back in a new role. Lang, whose character also died in the first film, is also back (somehow). New cast members include Kate Winslet, Michelle Yeoh and David Thewlis. Production was delayed on this film, as well as Avatar 34, and , due to coronavirus concerns.



Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania
Release Date: February 17, 2023
Director: Peyton Reed
Starring: Paul Rudd

The third chapter in the Rudd-starring superhero standalone “is going to be a much bigger, more sprawling movie than the first two,” director Reed said when visiting SiriusXM’s The Jess Cagle Show in August 2020. Reed also teased then that “it’s going to have a very different visual template.” It was confirmed during parent The Walt Disney Company’s December 2020 investor meeting that Kathryn Newton was joining the cast as Cassie Lang and Jonathan Majors would play Kang the Conqueror. In addition to Rudd, previous cast members Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, and Michelle Pfeiffer will also return.


Kelvin Harrison Jr. in the film CHEVALIER. Photo by Larry Horricks. Courtesy of Searchlight Pictures. © 2022 20th Century Studios All Rights Reserved.

(Photo by Larry Horricks)

Chevalier (Searchlight Pictures)
Release Date: April 7, 2023
Director: Stephen Williams
Starring: Kelvin Harrison Jr., Samara Weaving, Lucy Boynton and Minnie Driver

Atlanta and What We Do In the Shadows writer Stefani Robinson penned the biopic about the man known as the “Black Mozart” — a.k.a. a musical prodigy born in the 1700s French Caribbean who was the child of an African slave and a French plantation owner and who rose to fame as both a violinist and composer but also a champion fencer (among other moments of notoriety). Kelvin Harrison Jr., who played Fred Hampton in Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7, stars in the film, which premiered at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival and will hit theaters in 2023.


Next Goal Wins (Searchlight Pictures)
Release Date: April 21, 2023
Director: Taika Waititi
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Elisabeth Moss

The anti-Ted Lasso? This film, which is based on sports documentary by Mike Brett and Steve Jamison, it’s about a Dutch-American football coach who is tasked with turning the American Samoa national team — considered one of the weakest football teams in the world — into an elite squad.


Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
Release Date: May 5, 2023
Director: James Gunn
Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldaña, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper and Karen Gillan

After much back-and-forth as to whether James Gunn would direct the film thanks to some of his old Tweets and then scheduling conflicts, the next in Marvel’s Guardians series is officially on the calendar. Chris Pratt returns as Peter Quill, who is still devastated by the loss of Zoe Saldaña’s Gamora. Yet, he still must rally his gang of misfit fighters to save the galaxy once again.


The Little Mermaid
Release Date: May 26, 2023
Director: Rob Marshall
Starring: Halle Bailey, Awkwafina, Daveed Diggs

This remake of the Disney classic is one of the most anticipated releases the studio has coming – at least, if the feverishness of the rumor mill is anything to go by. We know that R&B star Halle Bailey will play Ariel, Daveed Diggs will play Sebastian, Awkwafina will play Scuttle, and Jonah Hauer-King will play Prince Eric.

The film will include music from the animated smash as well as new songs from Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda.


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Elemental
Release Date: June 16, 2023
Director: Peter Sohn
Starring: TBD

Inspired by Sohn’s own experiences growing up in New York as the child of immigrants, the film follows the unlikely pair of Ember and Wade, a fiery young woman and the go-with-the-flow guy. Set in a world where fire-, water-, land- and air-residents live together, it’s an opposites-attract story as the duo discover something elemental: how much they actually have in common.


Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

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Release date: June 30, 2023
Director: James Mangold
Starring: Harrison Ford, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, John Rhys-Davies and Mads Mikkelsen

Ready your leather jackets and fedoras. After much waiting, the fifth installment of the Indiana Jones franchise will finally arrive in theaters in summer 2023. While plot details about the rugged archaeologist’s latest adventures have truly yet to be unearthed, star Harrison Ford is set to return, while Steven Spielberg has handed the directing reins over to Ford v Ferrari and Logan helmer James Mangold. The film had been scheduled to be released in July 2022, but it was announced in October 2021 that Disney was pushing its release to June 2023.



Release Date: July 28, 2023
Director:  Nia DaCosta
Starring: Brie Larson
Captain Marvel star Brie Larson will return for the second film. In January 2020, it was announced that WandaVision’s Megan McDonnell would write the script. it was announced at The Walt Disney Company’s December 2020 investor day that Nia DaCosta would direct and that Iman Vellani, who plays Ms. Marvel in that titular Disney+ TV show, will appear in this film.


Haunted Mansion
Release Date: August 11, 2023
Director:  Justin Simien
Starring: Rosario Dawson, LaKeith Stanfield, Tiffany Haddish and Owen Wilson

Based on the classic Disney theme park attraction with the hope that this can become a franchise akin to Pirates of the Caribbean or Jungle Cruise, the film focuses on a mother and son who find a, well, haunted mansion.


A Haunting in Venice
Release Date: September 15, 2023
Director:  Kenneth Branagh
Starring: Tina Fey, Jamie Dornan and Michelle Yeoh

Director Branagh’s third film focused on the Agatha Christie master sleuth Hercule Poirot has a supernatural bent. It’s inspired by the late author’s 1969 book, Hallowe’en Party.


True Love (20th Century Studios)
Release Date: October 6, 2023
Director: Gareth Edwards
Starring: John David Washington, Gemma Chan, Allison Janney and Ken Watanabe

A sci-fi love story written and directed by Rogue One and Godzilla director Gareth Edwards.


Wish
Release Date: November 22, 2023
Director: Chris Buck and Fawn Veerasunthorn
Starring: Ariana DeBose

Just as the meta Lightyear looked at the character that inspired the character Tim Allen voices in the Toy Story movies, Wish will tell the origin story of the wishing star that factors into so many Disney fables. Frozen’s Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck are writing the script for the animated film while Oscar winner Ariana DeBose will star.


Chang Can Dunk
Release Date: 2023
Director: Jingyi Shao
Starring: Bloom Li

Bloom Li plays an unpopular teen who loves basketball but is underestimated. In fact, he’s obsessed with mastering a slam dunk almost as much as he is infatuated with his romantic interest, Kristy.

Peter Pan & Wendy
Release Date: 2023
Director: David Lowery
Starring: Alexander Molony, Ever Anderson, Jude Law

Something to crow about? In March 2020, Variety reported that newcomer Ever Anderson would play Wendy and The Reluctant Landlord’s Alexander Molony will play Peter in this live-action version of the 1953 Disney animated classic. It was confirmed at the December 2020 The Walt Disney Company investors day that Jude Law would play Captain Hook and Yara Shahidi will play Tinker Bell. Pete’s Dragon’s David Lowery will direct.

The film will air on Disney+.


Kingsman: The Blue Blood (20th Century Studios)
Release Date: 2023
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Starring: Colin Firth, Taron Egerton

Details for the fourth film in the franchise have yet to be announced, but stars Firth and Egerton are expected to return.


The Boogeyman (20th Century Studios)
Release Date: 2023
Director: Rob Savage
Starring: Sophie Thatcher, Chris Messina

This adaptation of the Stephen King short story is about two children aware of an evil presence in their house but can’t get their father to notice. It will premiere on Hulu.


Being Mortal (Searchlight Pictures)
Release Date: 2023
Director: Aziz Ansari
Starring: Aziz Ansari, Bill Murray

Deadline reports that Aziz Ansari wrote, directed and is co-starring in this dramedy based on the book, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End.


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Elio
Release Date: March 1, 2024
Director: Adrian Molina
Starring: Yonas Kibreab, America Ferrera

This Pixar movie is about an 11-year-old boy who doesn’t fit in at home. By accident, he ends up traveling through space to become some aliens’ ambassador for Earth.

(Photo by Walt Disney Pictures)

Live-Action Snow White Movie
Release Date: March 22, 2024
Director: Marc Webb
Starring: Rachel Zegler

After falling asleep for several years, the live-action remake of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves has risen with West Side Story’s Rachel Zegler set to lead while Gal Gadot will play the evil queen. Greta Gerwig and Erin Cressida Wilson wrote the script.


Captain America: New World Order
Release Date: May 3, 2024
Director: Julius Onah
Starring: Anthony Mackie

Deadline reported in 2021 that Mackie — who officially became Captain America at the end of the Marvel series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier — would reprise the role in the fourth film in the Captain America portion of the MCU. The film, and its title, were officially announced at the 2022 San Diego Comic-Con. In addition to Mackie, Falcon actors Danny Ramirez and Carl Lumbly will be reprising their roles from that TV series.


 

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The Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes (20th Century Studios)
Release Date: May 24, 2024
Director: Wes Ball
Starring: Owen Teague

Director Ball told Discussing Film in 2020 that he’d already been in pre-production on the film and working with writer Josh Friedman when the coronavirus pandemic shut down Hollywood and the rest of the world. He also said in that interview that “we have a take. We have a way of staying in the universe that was created before us, but we’re also opening ourselves up in being able to do some really cool new stuff.”


Inside Out 2
Release Date: June 14, 2024
Director: TBD
Starring: TBD

This is a follow-up to the 2015 movie about the various feelings going on inside the mind of a young girl — and how those feelings feel about their feelings. The new film checks in with everyone as the girl enters her teen years.


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Mufasa: The Lion King
Release Date: July 5, 2024
Director: Barry Jenkins
Starring: Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, John Kani

The Hollywood Reporter wrote in 2020 that Jenkins was planning a prequel to Jon Favreau’s 2019 live-action version of The Lion King. Jenkins confirmed to Variety in 2022 that plans were still in the works and that “kings aren’t just born, they aren’t just made. They have to become who they are.” The film was officially announced and given a premiere date at Disney’s September 2022 D23 Expo. So far, the only casting that has been announced is that Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner and John Kani will reprise their roles as Pumbaa, Timon, and Rafiki from the first live-action movie.


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Thunderbolts
Release Date: July 26, 2024
Director: Jake Schreier
Starring: Sebastian Stan, Hannah John-Kamen, Wyatt Russell

Another Marvel film that pulls in actors/characters from other places in that Cinematic Universe, this movie is about a bunch of anti-heroes who go on missions for the government. In addition to Sebastian Stan returning as Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier, familiar names include Hannah John-Kamen as Ava Starr/Ghost, Wyatt Russell as John Walker/U.S. Agent, Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova/Black Widow, David Harbour as Alexei Shostakov/Red Guardian and Olga Kurylenko as Antonia Dreykov/Taskmaster.


 

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Blade
Release Date: September 6, 2024
Director: TBD
Starring: Mahershala Ali

Mogul Mowgli’s Bassam Tariq was scheduled to direct the newest Blade film, but has since left the project. It will star Oscar winner Mahershala Ali while Watchman writer Stacy Osei-Kuffour pens the script.


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Deadpool 3
Release Date: November 8, 2024
Director: Shawn Levy
Starring: Ryan Reynolds

Cue the creative ad campaigns. Ryan Reynolds’ sardonic super hero is back for another installment and he’ll be joined by a special guest: The Wolverine star and frequent Deadpool/Ryan Reynolds target: Hugh Jackman. It was announced in March 2022 that Free Guy director Shawn Levy would helm the third movie.


Avatar 3 (20th Century Studios)
Release Date: December 20, 2024
Director: James Cameron
Starring: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana

The third in a series of films set in creator James Cameron’s elaborate worlds.


Fantastic Four
Release Date: February 14, 2025
Director: Matt Shakman
Starring: TBD

It was announced during The Walt Disney Company’s December 2020 investor day that Jon Watts was on board to helm a long-rumored new version of the Fantastic Four series, although it was confirmed during the September 2022 D23 Expo that WandaVision’s Matt Shakman would be directing the film. While no cast members have been announced, Kevin Feige told The Hollywood Reporter in 2022 that the latest in a series of films about these characters would not be an origin story.

“A lot of people know this origin story. A lot of people know the basics. How do we take that and bring something that they’ve never seen before?” Feige told THR.


Avengers: The Kang Dynasty
Release Date: May 2, 2025
Director: Destin Daniel Cretton
Starring: TBD

Announced at the July 2022 Comic-Con as one of the two films that will end Phase 6 of the MCU world domination strategy, this movie is directed by Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Destin Daniel Cretton and written by Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’s Jeff Loveness.


Untitled Marvel Film
Release Date: November 7, 2025
Director: TBD
Starring: TBD

Details are still TBD.


Untitled Star Wars Film
Release Date: December 19, 2025
Director: TBD
Starring: TBD

Details are still TBD.


Avatar 4 (20th Century Studios)
Release Date: December 18, 2026
Director: James Cameron
Starring: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana

Details are still TBD.


Avengers: Secret Wars
Release Date: May 1, 2026
Director: TBD
Starring: TBD

The film that will close out Phase 6 of the MCU master plan.


Avatar 5 (20th Century Studios)
Release Date: December 22, 2028
Director: James Cameron
Starring: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana

Details are still TBD.


Awaiting Premiere Dates

Below are projects that have been announced, are in some state of development – we define “stalled” as a state of development – and whose dates we’re still awaiting for. A number are projects that are set to premiere on Disney’s new streaming service, Disney+, and a number were taken off the schedule following the coronavirus outbreak and have not been re-dated.

For more info on upcoming Marvel films without release dates, check our our full list of upcoming Marvel movies.


Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
Director: Patty Jenkins
Starring: TBD

The first-ever Star Wars film to be directed by a woman — Wonder Woman’s Patty Jenkins — follows a group of fighter pilots who band together to defend good from evil. The first was supposed to come out in December 2023, but The Hollywood Reporter broke the news in November 2021 that it had been taken off the production schedule. In September 2022, it was officially removed from the production schedule.


Three Men and a Baby
Director:  Mo Marable
Starring: Zac Efron

High School Musical alum Efron will, presumably, be one of the three men (and not the baby) in this remake of the 1980s film about a trio of guys out of their element when one of them unexpectedly becomes a father. Marable is directing, according to Deadline. Disney had planned for the film to be released in 2022 on Disney+.


Rye Lane (Searchlight Pictures)
Director:  Raine Allen-Miller
Starring: Vivian Oparah, David Jonsson

According to Deadline, “the rom-com is about two youngsters reeling from bad breakups who connect over an eventful day in South-London.”


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(Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: The Final Elton John Performances And the Years That Made His Legend
Director: R.J. Cutler
Starring: Elton John

After the success of Peter Jackson’s Get Back, a miniseries about the Beatles’ final album, Disney+ will soon be airing another project about a famous British musician: Elton John. This biographical documentary, which is directed by The September Issue helmer Cutler, is being touted as “the definitive portrait of one of the world’s most successful musical artists of all time.” Rooted in John’s “Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour,” the feature documentary film will capture the musician’s final months on the road, culminating at his final North American show at Dodger Stadium in November 2022.


The Pocketwatch (w.t.)
Director: Jennifer Phang
Starring: TBD

The latest in the The Descendants franchise, this Disney+ movie will focus on Red, the whip-smart and rebellious teenage daughter of the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland and Chloe, the perfectionist and athletic daughter of Cinderella and Prince. Fearing a coup in Auradon, they join forces to travel in back in time — via the White Rabbit’s pocket watch, of course — to stop an event that would lead to grave consequences.


Night at the Museum: Kahmunrah Rises Again (20th Century Studios)
Director: Shawn Levy
Starring: Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan, David Hornsby

The fourth film in the franchise will be CGI-animated and focus on Nick, the son of Ben Stiller’s Larry, who is hesitant to follow in his father’s footsteps as nightwatchman. Returning cast members who lend their voices to this film include Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan and Ricky Gervais while David Hornsby takes over the role of Theodore Roosevelt from the late Robin Williams.


29 Dates
Director: Richard Wong
Starring: TBD

This young adult rom-com, which is based on the Melissa de la Cruz novel, will appear on Disney+. While no cast or writer has been announced, we know that this story centers on a 16-year-old Korean exchange student who meets a host of eligible bachelors from around the globe. It has been compared to author Jenny Han’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before series.


Robin Hood Live-Action Movie
Director: Carlos López Estrada
Starring: TBD

Another classic animated Disney film to get the live-action/CGI treatment is 1973’s animated musical Robin Hood. In April 2020, Disney announced that Lopez Estrada would be directing a new adaptation of this movie with Lady and the Tramp’s Kari Granlund writing the script. The film will air on Disney+.


 

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Cruella 2
Director: Craig Gillespie
Starring: Emma Stone

Soon after the 2021 release of Disney’s villain origin story, Cruella, news broke that a sequel was in early development. Variety reported at the time that director Craig Gillespie and screenwriter Tony McNamara were expected to return. A couple months later, Deadline confirmed that Emma Stone had a deal to be in the second film.


Keeper of the Lost Cities
Director: Ben Affleck
Starring: TBD

Deadline reported in 2021 that Oscar winner Affleck would direct this cinematic adaptation of Shannon Messenger’s best-selling book series. He’s also working with Kate Gritmon to adapt the script about “a telepathic girl [who] must figure out why she is the key to her brand-new world before the wrong person finds the answer first.”


Muppet Man
Director: TBD
Starring: TBD

Someday we’ll find it … this movie about Jim Henson, which has been in the works for some time. Deadline reported in 2021 that playwright and screenwriter Michael Mitnick was rewriting the script by Aaron and Jordan Kandell and that the film about the Muppets creator was in development.


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The Simpsons Movie 2 (20th Century Studios)
Director: TBD
Starring: TBD

Comic Book Guy — and other Simpsons characters who care about details — would like you to know that the long-awaited second Simpsons movie is a standalone film and not a sequel. At least, that was the word from series producer Al Jean when he was asked about it in 2020.


Live-Action The Aristocats
Director: TBD
Starring: TBD

Not to be confused with the Paul Provenza comedy documentary The Aristocrats, this film will be a live-action reimagining of the 1970 film about Parisian cats who suddenly learn they have inherited a fortune from their owner. Deadline reported in 2022 that Will Gluck and Keith Bunin were writing the script.


Master and Commander
Director: TBD
Starring: TBD

Deadline reported in 2021 that 20th Century was charting a course for another Master and Commander movie with Patrick Ness writing the script. The first film, which starred Russell Crowe and was directed by Peter Weir, was set during the Napoleonic Wars and was a best picture Oscar nominee. A cast and director have not been announced for this film.


Poor Things (Searchlight Pictures)
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Starring: Jerrod Carmichael, Emma Stone

Based on the Alasdair Grey novel, Variety describes the plot as a Victorian-set drama with a Frankenstein twist in which “Stone plays a young woman named Belle Baxter who is brought back to life by an eccentric and brilliant scientist.” The Favourite’s Tony McNamara wrote the script.


Spooked
Director: Peter Foott
Starring: TBD

News came in 2020 that Irish filmmaker Foott was developing a Disney+ supernatural comedy that The Hollywood Reporter says “involves a Halloween night gone awry as trick or treaters are transformed into whatever costume they are wearing.”


The Return of the Rocketeer
Director: TBD
Starring: David Oyelowo

After some false starts, a live-action remake of the 1991 film The Rocketeer is in the works with David Oyelowo on board as an executive producer and a potential lead. Deadline reports that Ed Ricourt is writing the project, which will focus on a “retired Tuskegee airman who takes up the Rocketeer mantle.”


Jungle Cruise 2
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt

After the success of 2021’s Jungle Cruise, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that plans were quickly in the works for a sequel film. Deadline reported in 2021 that original stars Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt were set to return for the second film and that director Jaume Collet-Serra and writer Michael Green were also returning.


Free Guy 2
Director: TBD
Starring: Ryan Reynolds

Star Reynolds Tweeted soon after Free Guy’s summer 2021 premiere that Disney would be interested in doing a second film. What that film would look like and whether Shawn Levy would return as director are still TBD — especially since Disney itself hasn’t officially made any comment on the matter.


 

 

Sister Act 3
Director: TBD
Starring: Whoopi Goldberg

Regina Y. Hicks and Karin Gist have been tapped to write the script for the latest installment in the franchise and Goldberg has stated that she is involved. It will air on Disney+.


Persuasion (Searchlight Pictures)
Director: Mahalia Belo
Starring: Sarah Snook

Succession star Snook is headlining this adaptation of Jane Austen’s last completed novel, which follows a (what else?) headstrong and independent heroine. It is not to be confused with another adaptation of the book, which stared Dakota Johnson and premiered in 2022 on Netflix.


 

 

Shrunk
Director: Joe Johnston
Starring: Rick Moranis, Josh Gad

A follow-up to the Honey, I Shrunk The Kids franchise familiar to late Gen Xers and older Millennials, the film will focus on Gad’s Nick Szalinski — son of Moranis’ Wayne from the original film series — who continues with his dad’s size-changing experiments. It will air on Disney+.


Quasi (Searchlight Pictures)
Director: Kevin Heffernan
Starring: Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Jay Chandrasekhar, Paul Soter, Erik Stolhanske and Adrianne Palicki

Super Troopers production company Broken Lizard is developing a parody of the Hunchback of Notre Dame story for Disney+. It is not to be confused with a live-action version of the Disney film that Josh Gad is producing.


Starlight (20th Century Studios)
Director: Joe Cornish
Starring: TBD

Attack the Block’s Joe Cornish is adapting Mark Millar’s comic. According to Deadline, which broke the news, it “centers on a space hero who saved the universe 35 years ago but when he came back to Earth, no one believed his fantastic stories. He married, had kids and settled into old age, but then his old rocket ship shows up, and he is called back for one fantastic adventure.”


Tower of Terror
Director: TBD
Starring: Scarlett Johansson

Another project based on a popular Disney attraction, Black Widow’s Johansson will produce and star in this film according to Collider. Toy Story 4 director Josh Cooley will write the script.


 

ALIEN 3, the alien, Sigourney Weaver,

 

Untitled Alien Film (20th Century Studios)
Director: Fede Álvarez
Starring: TBD

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news in March 2022 that Álvarez, who worked on 2013’s remake of Evil Dead and 2015’s Don’t Breathe, will write and direct the film. Ridley Scott, who directed the original 1979 movie, will produce. It will air on Hulu.


Aladdin Spin-Off
Director: TBD
Starring: Billy Magnussen

Variety reported in 2019 that Disney had hired Jordan Dunn and Michael Kvamme to write a spin-off of its live-action version of Aladdin that would focus on Magnussen’s smarmy Prince Anders. Magnussen will reprise his role in the film, which is set to air on Disney+.


Prom Pact
Director: Anya Adams
Starring: Peyton Elizabeth Lee, Milo Manheim

Anthony Lombardo is writing this teen rom-com about friends, and fellow high school outsiders, who are over their school’s ’80s-themed Promposals.


 

Jeff Bridges and Garrett Hedlund in Tron: Legacy

 

Tron: Ares (20th Century Studios)
Director: Garth Davis
Starring: Jared Leto

Variety reported in 2020 that Lion director Davis would be helming the latest Tron film, which is set to star Leto.


Perfect (Searchlight Pictures)
Director: Olivia Wilde
Starring: Thomasin McKenzie, Mckenna Grace

Wilde directs the biopic about Kerri Strug, the Olympic gold medalist who famously fought a painful injury to bring her team to victory.


Alvin Ailey Biopic (Searchlight Pictures)
Director: Barry Jenkins
Starring: TBD

Deadline reported in 2019 that Moonlight director Jenkins was developing an as-yet-to-be-titled biopic about the famed choreographer.


 

Buster Keaton in Go West

 

Buster Keaton Biopic (20th Century Studios)
Director: James Mangold
Starring: TBD

Deadline reported in 2022 that Mangold was developing a film based on Marion Meade’s book, Buster Keaton: Cut to the Chase. As to who will play the silent film star? That is still unknown.


Boston Strangler (20th Century Studios)
Director: Matt Ruskin
Starring: Keira Knightley

Despite its title, this film isn’t so much about the serial killer as it is about the reporter, oretta McLaughlin (portrayed by Knightley), who connected the cases. According to Deadline, which broke the news of the project, McLaughlin and “fellow reporter Jean Cole challenged the sexism of the early 1960s to report on the city’s most notorious serial killer and worked tirelessly to keep women informed.” The film will be released on Hulu.


 

 

Clue (20th Century Studios)
Director: James Bobin
Starring: Ryan Reynolds

Who will have flames on the side of their faces this time around? Variety reported in 2020 that Muppets filmmaker Bobin was working on a new version of the classic murder-mystery comedy Clue after Jason Bateman dropped out. Reynolds would star with Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick penning the script.


Crater
Director: Kyle Patrick Alvarez
Starring: Isaiah Russell-Bailey, Mckenna Grace, Billy Barratt, Kid Cudi

Disney+’s coming-of-age adventure film stars Isaiah Russell-Bailey as Caleb O’Conell, a boy raised on a lunar mining colony who explores a mysterious crater with his four best friends before he is permanently relocated to another planet.


Flamin’ Hot (Searchlight Pictures)
Director: Eva Longoria
Starring: Jesse Garcia, Annie Gonzalez

Catching lots of heat when it was announced, Longoria directed this biopic about Richard Montañez, a Mexican American who made the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos snack a pop-culture phenomenon.


Flight of the Navigator
Director: Bryce Dallas Howard
Starring: TBD

Actor-director Howard is remaking the 1986 sci-fi adventure movie for Disney+, switching the lead from a 12-year-old boy who goes missing and reappears eight years later to a female character.


Going Electric (Searchlight Pictures)
Director: James Mangold
Starring: Timothée Chalamet

Tangled up in Chalamet? Mr. Tambourine Mangold? The Ford v. Ferrari director and Dune star have long been attached to a biopic about folk music legend Bob Dylan, with the singer attached to produce.


WORKING GIRL, Melanie Griffith, 1988 (20th Century Fox Film Corp.)

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Working Girl (20th Century Studios)
Director: TBD
Starring: TBD

Let the river run wild with this one. Selena Gomez is said to be aiding in the adaptation of the 1980s Melanie Griffith film Working Girl — a story of a Manhattan receptionist from Staten Island who should never have been underestimated. Diary of a Future President creator Ilana Pena is writing the new screenplay and Gomez is producing. It’s still unclear as to whether the Only Murders in the Building actress will star in the film.


Hercules (1997)

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Live-Action Hercules
Director: Guy Ritchie
Starring: TBD

Guy Ritchie, who directed 2019’s live-action take on Aladdin, is helming this project. It was first announced in 2020 with Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings writer Dave Callaham handling the script and Avengers filmmakers Joe and Anthony Russo producing.


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Live-Action Lilo & Stitch
Director: Dean Fleischer-Camp
Starring: TBD

After languishing in various stages of development, it was announced in 2022 that Marcel the Shell with Shoes On director Dean Fleischer-Camp would helm this live-action take on the animated musical about a Hawaiian orphan and her newfound best friend: an alien who crash-landed on the island.

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