Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Arts&Culture | By Spencer Underwood

Disney Halts Production On Jack and the Beanstalk Movie Gigantic

Disney Halts Production On Jack and the Beanstalk Movie Gigantic

Walt Disney Animation Group has shut down a planned Jack and the Beanstalk animated film titled huge.

In a statement, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios president Ed Catmull explained, "Sometimes, no matter how much we love an idea or how much heart goes into it, we find that it just isn't working".

Despite Disney's best intentions, they have announced that their current animation project, Gigantic, has been moved into inactive development. However, it looks like all that work isn't going to pay off since it's going to be canceled. In the last five years alone, the Best Animated Feature Film Oscar either went to a Pixar or Disney Animation film: including courageous (2010) and Inside Out (2015) from Pixar, and Frozen, Big Hero 6 and Zootopia from Disney.

With Gigantic no longer in active development at Disney, the studio will move ahead on another project to fill the 2020 release date formerly held by animated film. Disney and Pixar have had previous projects that went nowhere including King of the Elves and Newt.

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The decision leaves just two films on Disney Animation's slate: Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 and Frozen 2, which are set to release in November 2018 and November 2019 respectively.

The new project that Catmull mentions hasn't been given any further details, but insiders (via THR) note that it is an original concept.

The news of Gigantic's fate will no doubt come as a disappointment to Disney Animation fans, given that very big was loaded with behind-the-scenes talent. Several names from some of Disney's most successful animated movies had been attached to develop the project, including Inside Out co-writer Meg LeFauve and Tangled's Nathan Greno as co-directors, and Frozen's Robert Lopez and Kirsten Anderson-Lopez as songwriters.

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