Disney withdraws 'Jack and the Beanstalk' project

Disney withdraws 'Jack and the Beanstalk' project

Disney has pulled the plug on enormous, its updated animated take on Jack and the Beanstalk due in theaters in 2020. Pixar's Newt was also cancelled due to similarities to Blue Sky's macaw rom-com Rio, released in 2011. Disney-Pixar's The Good Dinosaur was in development limbo for several years before finally being released in 2015.

For now, Disney fans can still look forward to Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 in 2018 and Frozen 2 in 2019.

Big was supposed to be the next Disney Animated feature after Frozen 2, which we now know is dropping in 2019 alongside Disney's live-action remake of The Lion King.

Ed Catmull, acting president of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, issued a statement addressing the decision to drop the project, explaining that the movie "just isn't working". We've come to that point, and although it's a hard decision, we are ending active development for now.

Tangled's Nathan Greno and Inside Out writer Meg LeFauve were set to co-direct huge from the latter's script, about Jack (of beanstalk-climbing fame) befriending a female giant.

Instead of "Gigantic", the studio is focusing on another project which is now being tabled for Thanksgiving 2020. The film was originally set to be released in 2020 and would have featured Jack making friends with a female giant child.

The new 2020 project hasn't been revealed, but there are rumors that it's going to be an original film.

The news of Gigantic's fate will no doubt come as a disappointment to Disney Animation fans, given that enormous was loaded with behind-the-scenes talent.

Fortunately for the three creatives, there's plenty of high-profile work ahead, as Lopez and Anderson-Lopez are sure to craft songs for Frozen 2; while LaFauve is busy at work co-writing the screenplay for Disney-Marvel's Captain Marvel with Nicole Perlman and Geneva Robertson-Dworet.

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