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Disney Animation Ditches Jack and the Beanstalk Movie ‘Gigantic’

Walt Disney Animation Studios has dropped development of “Gigantic,” its adaptation of the classic fairy tale “Jack and the Beanstalk.” 

Disney had announced “Gigantic” at the studio’s D23 Expo in 2015 with “Tangled’s” Nathan Greno directing and  Dorothy McKim producing. “Frozen” songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez were on board to write the music for the film with husband-wife singing one of the songs at the event.

“Gigantic” was to be set in Spain during the Age of Exploration and follow Jack as he discovers a world of giants hidden within clouds and befriends a 60-foot female giant. It had been set for a Nov. 25, 2020, release but Disney announced Tuesday that it had moved “Gigantic” off the date and scheduled an untitled animated film for that slot instead.

The shelving of “Gigantic” does not necessarily mean that the project is gone for good. Pixar went through multiple delays on “The Good Dinosaur” after it announced the project in 2009 and finally released the film in 2015. The animated comedy wound up grossing $330 million worldwide, the lowest total for a Pixar title.

Pixar is launching animated musical  “Coco” on Nov. 22. Disney Animation will release “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2,” on Nov. 21, 2018, and “Frozen 2” on Nov. 27, 2019.

 

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