Walt Disney Studios has unveiled its plans for the next six years, offering fans an insight into the future of the House of Mouse.
The slate includes releases from all of Disney's owned studios, including the newly acquired 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight.
The Walt Disney Studios’ 2019 summer slate includes Aladdin on May 24, Dark Phoenix on June 7, Toy Story 4 on June 21, Stuber on July 12 and Disney’s The Lion King on July 19. The Art of Racing in the Rain has moved up to Aug. 9, and Ready or Not will release on Aug. 23.
Importantly, three films previously scheduled for a summer 2019 release date have been moved to later dates: Ad Astra (Sept. 20, 2019), The New Mutants (April 3, 2020) and Artemis Fowl (May 29, 2020). This serves as yet another delay for The New Mutants, which was first set to release on April 13, 2018.
Disney's 2019 slate continues with The Woman in the Window on Oct. 4, Ford V. Ferrari on Nov. 15, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil on Oct. 18, Frozen 2 on Nov. 22, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker on Dec. 20 and Spies in Disguise moving from September to Christmas.
In 2020, Disney will be offering Underwater on Jan. 10, a new Kingsman movie on Feb. 14, Call of the Wild on Feb. 21, Onward on March 6 and Mulan on March 27.
In the summer of 2020, the slate continues with the rescheduled Artemis Fowl and The New Mutants, Free Guy on July 3, Bob's Burgers on July 17, DJungle Cruise on July 24, The One and Only Ivan on Aug. 14, Death on the Nile on Oct. 9, Ron's Gone Wrong on Nov. 6, West Side Story on Dec. 18 and Cruella on Dec. 23.
In 2021, the only titled projects announced is Nimona, the adaptation of the comic by She-Ra showrunner Noelle Stevenson, slated for March 5 and Avatar 2, slated for Dec. 17.
There are also several unannounced titles, including untitled Marvel films spanning from May 2020 through July 2022, untitled Disney live-action films, untitled Pixar Animation films and, intriguingly, an untitled Indiana Jones film.
From 2021 onward, Disney has announced plans to release a Star Wars and Avatar film every December before Christmas, starting with Avatar 2 in 2021.
“We’re excited to put in place a robust and diverse slate that lays the foundation of our long-term strategy, bringing together a breadth of films from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, Fox, Fox Searchlight, and Blue Sky Studios to create an extraordinary collection of cinematic experiences for audiences around the world,” Cathleen Taff, President, Theatrical Distribution, Franchise Management, and Business & Audience Insights, The Walt Disney Studios said in a statement. “With a strong summer already in place, we are eager to carry that momentum forward over the coming years thanks to a creative wellspring of bold and imaginative stories coming from our world-class studios – including several new chapters of two revered franchises, Avatar and Star Wars.”
The slate is not an indication of every film coming out from Disney. 2023 to 2026 are noticeably vacant of upcoming releases, save for the alternating releases of Star Wars and Avatar films. As is always the case, any number of films can be added to the list, just as films can be delayed or rescheduled. However, this list does show that Disney is thinking long into the future about its properties.