Disney is wasting no time bolstering its slate of sequels, remakes, and spin-offs following the runaway success of The Jungle Book. Today, the company announced nine live-action feature film projects currently being developed.
Most of these projects have been previously announced in some form, but the attached stars, directors, and writers suggests that the studio feels confident about the chances of each of these films getting made. Here is the announced list of films:
- Cruella with Emma Stone set for the title role and Kelly Marcel writing
- A Wrinkle in Time with Ava DuVernay attached to direct and Jennifer Lee writing
- Jungle Cruise with Dwayne Johnson set to star and John Requa and Glenn Ficarra writing
- Dumbo with director Tim Burton and writer Ehren Kruger
- A sequel to Mary Poppins with director Rob Marshall, starring Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda
- Maleficent 2 with Angelina Jolie set to return in the title role and Linda Woolverton writing
- The Nutcracker and the Four Realms with director Lasse Hallstrom and writer Ashleigh Powell
- The Jungle Book 2 with both director Jon Favreau and writer Justin Marks returning
- A Tinker Bell project with Reese Witherspoon set to star and Victoria Strouse writing
It should be noted that of the announced writers and directors, five of the writers are women, while one film will have a woman director. Considering that the next 47 announced films from Fox and Paramount have no women directors, Disney can now be considered slightly more progressive amongst its entertainment conglomerate peers.