One side effect of announcing a schedule of movies years in advance is that, sometimes, you have to completely shift that schedule to accommodate reality. Today, Disney announced new and changed release dates for a number of its movies, including Star Wars: Episode 9, Indiana Jones 5, Frozen 2, Gigantic, The Lion King, and Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2.
The news of the release dates come our way via The Wall Street Journal’s Ben Fritz, who shared the updates on Twitter.
“Star Wars: Episode IX” will open on May 24, 2019.
“The Lion King” will open on July 19, 2019
“Indiana Jones 5” was set to open on July 19, 2019 but will now open July 10, 2020.
“Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It-Ralph 2” was set to open March 9, 2018 but will now open November 21, 2018.
“A Wrinkle In Time” was set to open on April 6, 2018 but will now open on March 9, 2018.
“Magic Camp” was set to open on August 3, 2018 but will not open on April 6, 2018.
“Gigantic” was set to open on November 21, 2018 but will now open on November 25, 2020.
“Frozen 2” is set to open on November 27, 2019.
The biggest news of the bunch is the release date for Colin Trevorrow’s Star Wars: Episode 9: May 24, 2019. This represents a major shift from Lucasfilm scheduling its Star Wars movies for the holiday season, but it also represents the franchise going “home,” so to speak. Until Star Wars: The Force Awakens, this series ruled Memorial Day weekend. Next year’s Han Solo movie will reclaim the date for the Star Wars saga, but Episode 9 will really dig in its heels. The franchise is going back to the summer and it plans to stay there.
Disney also revealed that the untitled Indiana Jones 5 will no longer hit theaters in July 2019 and will now arrive on July 10, 2020. There was no given reason for the delay, but it’s easy to imagine the studio trying to accommodate the busy schedule of director Steven Spielberg. However, Indiana Jones’ former month won’t be bereft of Disney movies. Jon Favreau’s remake of The Lion King has been set for July 19, 2019. Meanwhile, Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time will now open on March 9, 2018.
Disney’s animated slate also received a bit of shake-up, with Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 being pushed from March 2018 to November 21, 2018, a fairly reasonable delay for a major animated movie. However, Gigantic, which was originally set to arrive in November 2018, will now open on November 25, 2020. That’s a huge delay and one that suggests the film is undergoing some pretty serious reworking (which, again, is pretty common for a major animated movie).
And brace yourselves: Frozen 2 arrives on November 27, 2019. You only have two and a half more years before everyone starts singing “Let It Go” again.
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