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Christmas had come early and it’s wrapped with a big Disney bow. The Walt Disney Company announced today (11th December, 2020) the next steps in their plans for global streaming expansion. These plans will include more direct-to-consumer services via Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+.
Following the success of their streaming services – which has seen them acquire 137 million subscriptions worldwide – Chief Executive Officer Mob Chapek said: “With our amazing creative teams and our ever-growing collection of the high-quality branded entertainment that consumers want, we believe we are incredibly well positioned to achieve our long-term goals.”
But what does that mean for you the viewers? Well, it means tonnes and tonnes of Disney magic to binge of course. According to the studio the next few years will see the release of approximately 10 Star Wars series and 10 Marvel series, as well as 15 Disney live action, Disney Animation, and Pixar series. The fun doesn’t end there as Disney also plan on producing 15 Disney live action, Disney Animation, and Pixar features — all in addition to the content that is set to be released in theatres or on linear channels before coming to the streaming service.
With so much to digest we’ve broken up Disney’s big reveal into fan-friendly, bite-sized chunks. So, get stuck in.
For the Marvel Fans

Marvel Studios have been teasing fans with the release of WandaVision, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier and Loki for a while now. We know that these Disney+ titles will be gracing our screens in the new year but what else is up Marvel’s sleeve in the near future? The Studio has confirmed that there will be an additional three new series added to their planned line-up. This will include Secret Invasion starring Samuel L. Jackson, Ironheart with Dominique Thorne as a genius inventor and Armor Wars, starring Don Cheadle as James Rhodes aka War Machine who finds himself face to face with Tony Stark’s worst fears.

Fans can also expect the following feature films: A third Ant Man feature titled Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Fantastic Four (following a history of lackluster films, will this finally save the reputation of Marvel’s most iconic family?) Black Widow, Shang Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings, Eternals, Doctor Strange in The Multiverse of Madness, Thor: Love and Thunder, Black Panther 2, Blade, Captain Marvel 2, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

For the Star Wars fans

Hold on to your Wookies Star Wars’ fans because Lucasfilm has big plans for the franchise. Over the next few years Disney+ is set to launch a number of projects including Obi-Wan Kenobi (starring Ewan McGregor with Hayden Christensen as Darth Vader) and two series from Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni: “Rangers of the New Republic” and “Ahsoka (featuring none other than Ahsoka Tano). Both series will be set in the Mandalorian era.

Also announced for the Disney+ slate were Andor, Star Wars: The Bad Batch Star Wars: Visions, Lando, The Acolyte, and A Droid Story. The studio also has plans to revisit Willow in a new series with Warwick Davis returning in the title role.

That’s not all, along with the above the studio revealed plans to produce “new feature films destined to expand the Star Wars galaxy like never before.” Rogue Squadron,” is set to be released in December 2023 and will be directed by Wonder Woman’s director Patty Jenkins. A Star Wars feature film by writer/director Taika Waititi is also on the list.

For the Pixar fans

When it comes to the team that brought you Toy Story, UP and Cars, expectations run high and judging by their upcoming line-up viewers will not be disappointed. Pixar Animation Studios revealed a whole slew of original films are on the movie-making agenda and they include Pixar’s first-ever long-form animated series Win or Lose, which debuts exclusively on Disney+ in Autumn 2023 as well as new films Turning Red, and Lightyear – the definitive origin story of the hero that inspired the toy. Marvel’s Captain American will be swapping his shied for a set of plastic wings as Chris Evans steps into the role of Buzz on his journey to becoming the most famous Space Ranger ever. Luca – and original film – is also set to debut in summer 2021.

If that’s not enough to get you excited, Pixar also shared details about their new Disney+ series which will include Inside Pixar, Pixar Popcorn, Dug Days, and Cars.
However, you won’t have to wait until 2021 for a taste of all this Pixar newness as feature film Soul, and the short Burrow, will both debuting on Disney+ on December 25, 2020.

For the Disney animation fans

Exciting news from the Walt Disney Animation Studios. The animated musical Encanto, is slated for theaters in November 2021 and will include new songs by Emmy®, GRAMMY® and Tony Award® winner Lin-Manuel Miranda. Raya and the Last Dragon is also set for a 2021 release date and will debut simultaneously on Disney+ Premier Access and in theatres in March.

Fans of Zootopia, Big Hero 6, Tiana and Moana now get to enjoy more of their favourite characters away from the big screen as Disney’s Walt Disney Animation Studios is set to produce a collection of animated series for the first time. Iwájú – which will be produced in collaboration with the Pan-African comic book entertainment company Kugali – will join Baymax, Zootopia+, Tiana and Moana on the list of series being produced.

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Production

It’s been 27 years since the Sanderson sisters first bewitched us in the 1993 release of Hocus Pocus and it seems we are finally closer to the sequel we’ve all been craving – even more so that Winnie and her thirst for the elixir of youth. Disney has confirmed that Hocus Pocus 2 is on the schedule of reboots along with Three Men and a Baby with Zac Efron and Cheaper by the Dozen with Black-ish creator Kenya Barris and Gabrielle Union. A new Sister Act film starring Whoopi Goldberg has also been confirmed. Goldberg will also be producing the film with Tyler Perry.

Disney+ also revealed plans to produce “Chip ‘N Dale: Rescue Rangers,” as a hybrid live action-animated film starring John Mulaney and Andy Samberg. A Robert Zemeckis directed “Pinocchio has been confirmed and will star Tom Hanks; while forever-kid Peter Pan will make a return in Peter Pan & Wendy. This new tale will see Jude Law take up the helm of Captain Hook and Yara Shahidi will be the new Tinker Bell. More magic is to be expected with 2007 movie Enchanted now becoming “Disenchanted as Amy Adams returns as Giselle in the sequel.

Live action biographical films are also on the production list and will include the following: Greek Freak about NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo, as well as projects about Keanon Lowe and Chris Paul.
Lastly, new animated takes on the popular 20th Century Studios’ films “Diary of a Wimpy Kid”; “The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild and “Night at the Museum are also in the works.

Other exciting projects

If you’ve yet to read Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood & Bone we at The HTVJ can confirm it’s a must! The bestselling novel is a West-African inspired fantasy story that pulsates with magic – both dark and light – and is set to become a feature film. Depending on its success we at the Hungry TV Junkie anticipate a sequel as author Adeyemi has penned a second book to follow the first call Children of Virtue and Vengeance.

A brand new Indiana Jones film is also on the horizon and is will be directed by James Mangold.
Disney Television Studios for Disney+ is also developing Percy Jackson and the Olympians based on the bestselling book series by Rick Riordan from Disney Publishing Worldwide and they are currently in production on the following four live action series: The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers, Big Shot, The Mysterious Benedict Society, and Turner & Hooch. The series are set to debut in 2021.
Untitled projects inspired by Disney’s Beauty and the Beast are (starring Luke Evans and Josh Gad with new music composed by Alan Menken) and Swiss Family Robinson (which will be a reimagining of the classic from Ron Moore and Jon M. Chu) are also in the works.

National Geographic are set to produce profile titles “Limitless with Chris Hemsworth, Welcome to Earth (working title) featuring Will Smith, and a fourth season of the anthology series Genius, which will profile Martin Luther King, Jr. All will be streaming on Disney+. The studio also announced a new documentary film called Cousteau, which will debut in theatres first before coming to Disney+. This will sit alongside the new documentary series Secrets of the Whales, A Real Bug’s Life, and America The Beautiful.

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Janet A Leigh

Janet A Leigh

For more on the latest food ,TV and Film news follow me on Instagram @The_Hungry_TV_Junkie

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