Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Research | By Jo Caldwell

Walt Disney Animation Studios' Gigantic gets the axe

Walt Disney Animation Studios' Gigantic gets the axe

Disney is putting the brakes on their original animated feature huge, the Jack and the Beanstalk-inspired movie that was set to hit theaters in 2020.

Disney has announced it is cancelling work on upcoming animation huge.

Variety is reporting that the company has halted development on enormous, an animated refresh on the classic Jack and the Beanstalk story. The Jack and the Beanstalk re-vamp was to be about an alternate version of the fairy tale where Jack makes a friend in the giant he meets at the top of the beanstalk. Jack discovers a world of giants in the clouds, including the 60-foot-tall, 11-year-old Inma, who he agrees to help on her journey home. The film had originally been given a 2018 release date, before recently being shunted back to 2020.

Robert Lopez and Kirsten Anderson-Lopez, the songwriting duo from "Frozen", had been signed up to contribute songs for "Gigantic", which was to be directed by Nathan Greno (Rapunzel retelling "Tangled") and "Inside Out" co-writer Meg LeFauve.

Apparently the studio got to the point where the creative process has hit a wall and they are "ending active development for now".

In the Catmull-Lasseter era, both Disney and Pixar have publicly announced films and subsequently shelved them. This release will follow the studio's two upcoming sequels; Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 on November 21, 2018, and Frozen 2 on November 27, 2019.

Instead of "Gigantic", the studio is focusing on another project which is now being tabled for Thanksgiving 2020. 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".

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