D23, the official Disney fan club, held its bi-annual expo last weekend, and it was packed full of great announcements and a few surprises! If you missed our parks panel post, hop over here first, and then come back to this post when you’re ready.
2017 D23 Expo Movie Announcements
The movie panels were split into two groupings, live action and animation. The live action panel covered everything from Disney Studios, Lucasfilm, and Marvel. The animation panel covered Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar announcements. Let’s jump right in to the exciting updates!
1. Starting off the animation panel, Pixar gave fans an exclusive preview of the music from its upcoming film Coco. I can’t wait to hear Benjamin Bratt sing! It opens November 22, 2017.2. Incredibles 2 is still in production, but has a release date! Look for it in theaters June 15, 2018.
3. Also announced, Toy Story 4! It is scheduled for theatrical release June 21, 2019.
Walt Disney Animation Studios
4. In a moment that *almost* broke the internet, Wreck It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet was announced for November 21, 2018. D23 Expo fans got to see almost every single Disney princess reunite onstage to see a clip from the new film that pays homage to all the princesses.5. Next, Josh Gad and Kristen Bell took to the stage to share a song from Olaf’s Frozen Adventure. This is not a standalone film, but will be shown before Coco in theaters. Frozen 2 (not yet titled) was also announced with a release date of November 27, 2019.6. Finally, two untitled projects, one by Dan Scanlon who directed Monsters University and one by Disneytoon Studios, were introduced in their very beginning stages of concept and production. The Disneytoon Studios film was given a release of April 12, 2019.
Live Action Announcements
Walt Disney Studios
7. First up on the live action side was A Wrinkle in Time, starring Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling, will open March 9, 2018. 8. Next, Dumbo and Aladdin as well as the previously announced The Lion King will all be getting live action remakes. No dates announced for release just yet.
9. Sean Bailey, President of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production, also shared all-new take on a classic story in The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. Starring Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy, newcomer Mackenzie Foy as Clara, Helen Mirren as Mother Ginger, Morgan Freeman as godfather Drosselmeyer, and featuring a special performance by Misty Copeland, the movie is inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic tale.10. Emily Blunt and director/producer Rob Marshall then made an appearance to talk about the highly anticipated Mary Poppins sequel Mary Poppins Returns. I love that Emily said that no one could replace Julie Andrews, but that she hoped to take the character and make it her own.
11. Finally, it was confirmed that, indeed, Dwayne Johnson (aka Maui) will be starring in an live adaptation of the classic Disney ride, The Jungle Cruise. Additional confirmation was given that a live adaptation of Mulan is in the works as well.
12. As much as I wanted them to deliver more about the Star Wars franchise, what we got was just enough of a taste to whet our appetites. Star Wars: The Last Jedi introduced incredible behind the scene footage (RIP Carrie Fisher) and got everyone in the audience excited for the December premiere!
13. Finally, rounding out an amazing live panel was the Marvel announcements. It’s been 10 years since the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) dropped, and fans were treated to a refresher on all that has happened. Then, in an even bigger surprise, fans were treated to a first look at the new Avengers: Infinity War trailer. I would fall. out. on the floor after seeing all that star power on stage!
Which movie announcement are you most excited about! Share with us in the comments!