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‘Inside Out’ Writer Meg LeFauve Promoted To Director on Disney’s ‘Gigantic’

Meg LeFauve, screenwriter of Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur, will co-direct Gigantic alongside Nathan Greno (Tangled). The Disney animated feature is currently scheduled for release on November 18, 2018.

When the project was officially announced last year, Greno described it as “the definitive version of Jack And The Beanstalk,” while promising that “It’s not what you’ve seen before. It’s not one big castle with one big giant walking around.” In this new version, Jack discovers a world of giants in the clouds and teams up with a 60-foot-tall, 11-year-old girl to find his way back home.

It has previously been announced that Frozen’s husband-and-wife songwriting team Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez will provide songs, and Dorothy McKim (Meet the Robinsons, Get a Horse!) will produce.

The hiring of LeFauve represents a new trend at Walt Disney Animation Studios in which screenwriters ascend into the director’s chair. Jennifer Lee, who wrote the screenplay for Wreck-It Ralph and Frozen, was promoted to director during the production of the latter film. A similar situation appears to have occurred here with LeFauve, who was working on Gigantic’s story before her promotion.

The trend represents a significant departure from Disney tradition, where directors have nearly all been visual artists who started in either animation or story. The strategy worked well on Frozen, which ended up as the highest-grossing animated feature of all-time.

LeFauve’s new directorial role was first announced yesterday by the Hollywood Reporter.

  • ea

    I thought after The BFG flopping this project was done for.

    • Netko

      No, they have to make it. They referenced it in Frozen.

    • Barrett

      BFG didn’t fail because it involved giants, and I’m glad no suit was stupid enough to assume it did. BFG wasn’t promoted much at all, had little cachet with American audiences (Roald Dahl is really kind of a niche children’s author here) and quite frankly, unless it’s one of these remakes of an existing Disney animated feature, the live action/CG hybrid films for kids never do as well as full-on animated tales, again, unless they are a “brand” well-loved like Ninja Turtles or Alvin and the Chipmunks.

  • Jack Newman

    I seriously cannot wait to see this movie.

  • Aveeva

    We need more female directors. Good to hear :)

  • Marc Hendry

    I always got the impression that writers were not so involved with the production, and maybe didn’t even work in the same building as the artists. Maybe that’s not the case though

  • Strong Enough

    good place to be in. get cozy with disney and it rains money on ya

  • Marielle

    It sounds a lot like Tangled. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, because I love Tangled, but I’m curious to see what spin they will put on this fairy tale. With the clouds we might some beautiful art.

    • tt

      maybe they’re gonna weave in topics of imperialism and colonialism, since it’s set in that era, where a Spanish finds a “new world”.

  • Interesting. I always thought that Pixar and Disney wanted to remain separate, but it looks like they are swapping around talent. Anyway, I’m looking forward to this movie but I’m also not too excited about it.

    • Barrett

      I’ve seen a lot of people at different levels shifting between Pixar and Disney over the past decade. Ever since the buyout, it’s been a fuzzy barrier. They are still distinct from one another in many ways, but it’s become more and more like the border between Canada and the U.S. rather than the one between North and South Korea.

  • Mesterius

    Gigantic: another serious contender for the “worst-fairy-tale-renaming-ever” award.

    • Barrett

      I really wish Disney would get off of this single-word title kick. Sometimes it naturally fits, such as “Zootopia” (it really is all about the city and its denizens) or “Moana” (eponymous with the main character.) But “Tangled” and “Frozen” and now “Gigantic” just sound gimmicky. It’s like they think “Princess & the Frog” failed because it had too many words in the title, and that if it had been named “Swamped” or “Froggy” it would have been a bigger hit. “Rapunzel Unbraided” was a fine title, and “The Snow Queen” sounds much more mysterious and fantastical. But whatever, I’m just a lowly peon….