DISNEY’s next big animated family movie will not see the light of day, it was announced today.
Set to be released in 2020, the original feature Gigantic was conceived as an updated spin on the fairytale Jack and the Beanstalk.
Disney originally announced the film in August of 2015, but more than two years (and no doubt a lot of money) later, have conceded that it just “isn’t working.”
“It’s impossible to know when we begin a project how the creative process will unfold, and sometimes, no matter how much we love an idea or how much heart goes into it, we find that it just isn’t working,” Walt Disney Animation Group president Ed Catmull told The Hollywood Reporter.
“With Gigantic, we’ve come to that point, and although it’s a difficult decision, we are ending active development for now. We are focusing our energies on another project that has been in the works, which we’ll be sharing more about soon, now set for thanksgiving 2020.”
The film came with a top notch pedigree, with writers from Disney hits Inside Out and Tangled collaborating on the project. The songwriting team behind Frozen were working on the songs. Originally announced as having a March 2018 release date, the film was pushed back twice before today’s announcement.
The Hollywood Reporter notes that this is not the first time Disney or sister company Pixar have shelved animated features after years of work, with unreleased projects Newts and King of the Elves both nixed in recent years.
Gigantic was set to pair Jack with a female giant, according to a plot synopsis posted on Disney Wiki:
“Set in Spain during the Age of Exploration, the film followed Jack as he discovers a world of giants hidden within clouds. Jack befriends the female giant Inma, who’s 11 years old, 60 feet tall, fiery, feisty and a lot to control, and treats him like a living doll,” it said.
The next films to be released from Disney Animation are Wreck-It Ralph 2 in 2018 and Frozen 2 in 2019.