Disney has pulled the plug on its animated film Gigantic. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney's updated take on Jack and the Beanstalk was removed from the studio's release schedule following what is said to be "creative hurdles."
The project was initially announced back in 2015 during Disney's D23 fan convention. The film would have seen Jack meet a female giant.
Regarding the decision to shelve the film, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios president Ed Catmull said, "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."
With Gigantic no longer in active development at Disney, the studio will move ahead on another project to fill the 2020 release date formerly held by animated film. Details surrounding the new project are sparse for the time being; however, according to Catmull, it has been in development for some time and we can expect news "soon."
Gigantic would have been directed by Meg LeFauve (Inside Out) and Nathan Greno (Tangled) and was set to feature music from Frozen songwriters Robert Lopez and Kirsten Anderson-Lopez. LeFauve, of course, was part of the initial writing team for Marvel Studios' Captain Marvel; however, she had to leave the project in order to focus her attention on Gigantic. Marvel later brought Tomb Raider writer Geneva Robertson-Dworet in to work on the Captain Marvel script in place of LeFauve and Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy).
Next up for Disney Animation is Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, which is set to hit theaters on November 21st, 2018.