Gigantic, Disney Animation’s adaptation of Jack and the Beanstalk, is being shelved by the production company.
Originally set for release in 2020, the film was to be directed by Inside Out co-writer Meg LeFauve and Nathan Greno (Tangled), with songwriters Robert Lopez and Kirsten Anderson-Lopez (Frozen) on board to contribute to the soundtrack.
First announced during the D23 convention in Summer 2015, Gigantic was to be an updated version of Jack and the Beanstalk, in which Jack befriended a female giant.
Sadly this was not to be, as the studio yesterday announced that the film was being shelved in pursuit of new, original projects. In a statement released to The Hollywood Reporter, company president Ed Catmull admitted that, “it’s impossible to know when we begin a project how the creative process will unfold, and sometimes, no matter how much we love an idea or how much heart goes into it, we find that it just isn’t working.”
For now they are focusing their energies on a new production set for release around Thanksgiving 2020 and, though information is scarce, it is believed to be an original feature.
Gigantic is not the first Disney Animation release to be scrapped, nor will it be the last. In recent years projects including Disney’s King of Elves and Pixar’s Newt have been shelved by the company, whilst The Good Dinosaur went through multiple delays before its eventual release in Winter 2015. With this in mind, there is every chance that the production may be restarted at a later time and until then, they have plenty in store to keep us entertained.
Disney Animation’s next release is Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, set to open November 21, 2018.