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News: Disney Investor Day recap

Disney has gone from strength to strength, even with the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. They led the way in presenting movies that were cancelled in cinemas direct to their streaming platform, Disney+. Now, in an industry that is seeing more shake-ups and shockwaves in regards to home entertainment, the Walt Disney Investor Day took place on December 10th. It was fronted by Bob Chapek, Disney’s chief executive, to appeal to both stockholders and fans about what projects are on the horizon and how solid the company is performing.

It mostly looked at all streaming platforms include Disney Plus, Hulu and ESPN Plus. There were talks about new acquisitions and new international platforms offering even more content such as films, sports, documentaries and drama to the 86m+ subscribers in the coming years.


But what everyone wanted to know about were the projects in development. And I'll whisk you through what is coming in a quick re-cap of the presentation that lasted just under 4 hours.


STAR WARS

  • Rogue Squadron (2023), a new breed of Rebel fighter pilots take to the skies in this action film directed by Patty Jenkins

  • Untitled film currently in development, directed by Taika Waititi

  • Obi-Wan Kenobi (2021) series with Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan and Hayden Christensen returning as Darth Vader set 10 years after 'Revenge Of The Sith'

  • Andor (2022) sees Diego Luna back as Captain Cassian Andor of 'Rogue One' glory to look at his time as a Rebel spy in this thrilling series

  • Ahsoka (TBC) series with Rosario Dawson continuing the live-action adventures of Jedi Ahsoka Tano

  • Rangers Of The New Republic (TBC) is a live-action adventure series, set within the timeline of 'The Mandalorion', with Dave Filoni and Job Faverau set to executive produce

  • Lando (TBC) series will see the developing story of smuggler Lando Calrissian

  • The Acolyte (TBC) series will go back to the High Republic era of the galaxy for a mystery/thriller look at darker sides of the galaxy

  • The Bad Batch (TBC) animated series develops the story of experimental clones as seen in 'The Clone Wars' and how they deal with a changing galaxy in the fallout of the wars themselves

  • Visions (TBC) series brings new creative talent and techniques to the franchise with short films brought to fans by Japanese anime studios

  • A Droid Story (TBC) a fun and new animated series, fronted by R2-D2 and C-3PO introducing us to new droid heroes in the galaxy


INDIANA JONES

  • Director James Mangold will bring Harrison Ford back to the legendary role of Indiana Jones for a 5th adventure, due July 2022.


WILLOW

  • Warwick Davis is set to return as Willow Ufgood in a Disney+ series set many years after the 1988 movie, continuing an adventure full of fantasy, wizards, warlocks and dark danger with Jon Chu to direct to the pilot set for a 2022 release.


MARVEL STUDIOS

  • WandaVision (2021) launches Phase 4 of the behemoth Marvel Cinematic Universe, now using Disney+ as a way to expand the story telling, with Avengers Scarlett Witch and Vision fronting a show of their own

  • The Falcon And The Winter Soldier (2021) series unites our two Avengers in their own unique show offering high-stakes action and adventure

  • Loki (2021) continues the Disney+ original series run with Tom Hiddleston back as the God of Mischief

  • Shang-Chi and The Legend Of Ten (2021) film introduces new hero Shang-Chi in a dazzling adventure of danger, martial arts and magic

  • What If...? (2021) debuts as the first Marvel animated series offering new perspectives on heroes and villains as they ask the question "what if..."

  • Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness (2022) film will see Benedict Cumberbatch and Rachel Adams return in the mind-bending story of sorcery with Sam Raimi directing

  • Ms. Marvel (2021) series debuts in late 2021 with Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan, breaking new ground as the first Muslim Pakistani-American hero on screen

  • Hawkeye (2021) series brings Jeremy Renner to Disney+ as Avenger Hawkeye alongside Hailee Steinfield as Kate Bishop

  • Captain Marvel 2 (TBC) will see Brie Larson back to continue her story as Carol Danvers alongside Teyonah Parris and Iman Vellani

  • She-Hulk (TBC) will star Tatiana Maslany and Mark Ruffalo as they bring some tongue-in-cheek humour to the world of the MCU on Disney+

  • Moon Knight (TBC) series introduces a lesser known hero first seen in the comics in 1975; seen as a Marvel equivalent to DC's Batman

  • Secret Invasion (TBC) unites 'Captain Marvel' stars Samuel L. Jackson and Ben Mendelsohn for an intergalactic adventure series

  • Ironheart (TBC) introduces Dominique Thorn as Riri Williams, a new young superhero inspired by the works of Tony Stark, in development for Disney+

  • Armor Wars (TBC) sees Don Cheadle back as War Machine in an explosive series fighting to preserve the legacy of Tony Stark

  • I Am Groot (TBC) is in development for Disney+ offering to expand the MCU and 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' adventures

  • Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania (TBC) is a big-screen return for Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly, with Peyton Reed back to direct

  • Black Panther 2 (TBC) has set the record straight that King T'Challa, played by the late Chadwick Boseman, will not be recast, and the film will work to honour his legacy as the role and story expands

  • Fantastic Four (TBC) sees the fourth interpretation of the popular heroes on the big screen, this time in their debut under the MCU with Jon Watts on to direct


DISNEY

  • Raya And The Last Dragon (2021) debuts on both Disney+ and in select cinemas from March 2021 exploring Eastern fantasy, magic and adventure

  • Jungle Cruise (2021) teams up Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt in a period adventure based on the popular DisneyWorld ride

  • Flora And Ulysses (2021) is a sweet story about a young comic book fan and her sidekick - a squirrel with superpowers - in this original movie due February

  • Diary Of A Wimpy Kid (2021) will expand the comedic stories with the film franchise hitting Disney+ and an animated feature film in development

  • Night At The Museum (2021) returns in a new animated movie, with Shawn Levy directing

  • Cheaper By The Dozen (2022) will reboot the Steve Martin films as an original new movie in a new retelling and vision of the classic comedy

  • Three Men And A Baby (2022) brings a classic story back for a new generation, with Zac Efron headlining the beloved story due in late 2022

  • Baymax! (2022) evolves out of 'Big Hero Six' for his own animated series

  • Tiana (2022) brings music and magic for the star of 'The Princess And The Frog' in her own animated series

  • Zootopia+ (2022) continues the city-wide adventures of everyone's favourite animal population in another original animated series

  • Iwájú (2022) sees Disney united with Pan-African company Kugali for a new science-fiction animated series for Disney+

  • The Ice Age Adventures Of Buck Wild (2022) brings Simon Pegg back to voice Buck, a swashbuckling weasel, in a new entry to the popular franchise

  • Moana (2023) will develop the characters and story set out in 2016 hit for a new animated series

  • Hocus Pocus 2 (TBC) will bring back the Sanderson sisters for a spooktastic return of the original cast, with Adam Shankman set to direct this feature film sequel

  • The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers (TBC) brings back Emilio Estevez as Gordon Bombay for new hockey slip-ups and highlights leading directly on from the films in this original series

  • Turner And Hooch (TBC) goes to the small screen as an original series, with Josh Peck as Scott Turner, made famous by Tom Hanks in the original movie

  • Big Shot (TBC) will explore the world of high-school basketball in a new series for Disney+ looking at friendships, fierce rivalries and more

  • Swiss Family Robinson (TBC) will launch a new imagining of the classic story for Disney+

  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians (TBC) makes the leap from books, to big screen and now to small screen in a brand new series

  • The Lion King 2 (TBC) is in the works as a live-action prequel, with Barry Jenkins to direct and Hans Zimmer and Pharrell Williams scoring

  • The Little Mermaid (TBC) is the latest live-action remake in the works, with Halle Bailey as Ariel, Jacob Tremblay as Flounder, Melissa McCarthy as Ursula and Daveed Diggs as Sebastian

  • Rescue Rangers (TBC) will bring back Disney legends Chip and Dale for a hybrid live-action animated adventure, directed by Akiva Schaffer

  • Pinocchio (TBC) continues the live-action remakes of beloved classics, with Tom Hanks starring as Geppetto and Robert Zemeckis directing

  • Peter Pan & Wendy (TBC) stars Jude Law as Captain Hook and Yara Shahidi as Tinkerbell for a new Disney+ movie

  • Disenchanted (TBC) will be a sequel to 'Enchanted', with Amy Adams back as Giselle and launching direct on Disney+

  • Sister Act 3 (TBC) is in development, with Whoopi Goldberg back to star and produce.


PIXAR

  • Dug Days (2021) takes our lovable talking dog, Dug, from 'Up' and gives him a new series in a quiet suburban world full of adventures to be had

  • Lightyear (2022) will explore the "human" cadet Buzz Lightyear in the Galactic Alliance, who was the inspiration for the action figure seen in 'Toy Story'! Chris Evans will replace Tim Allen as Buzz.

  • Cars (2022) sees the return of Lightning McQueen and tow-truck best friend Mater for a new series of adventures with old and new friends

  • Turning Red (2022) is a new feature film about an awkward teenager who, when she gets too excited, turns into a giant red panda...!

  • Win Or Lose (2023) tells the story of a school softball team in the build up to a major championship game, with each episode focusing on a different perspective from a different character


So. Better clear your diaries. There's a LOT of brilliant content on the way!

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