In 2015, Walt Disney Animation Studios announced a Jack and the Beanstalk adaptation called Gigantic for release in 2018. Earlier this year, 2018 became 2020. And now, the film has been shelved indefinitely.
“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,” Ed Catmull, the president of both Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, told The Hollywood Reporter “With Gigantic, we’ve come to that point, and although it’s a difficult decision, we are ending active development for now. We are focusing our energies on another project that has been in the works, which we’ll be sharing more about soon, now set for Thanksgiving 2020.”
There’s no word on what that new film will be.
Gigantic was set to be directed by Tangled’s Nathan Greno, who was later joined by Inside Out writer Meg LeFauve. It was going to feature songs by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who did the songs for Frozen as well as the upcoming Coco.
And while this is certainly a shame, it’s not really a surprise. Animation studios are working and reworking films for years before the public even hears about them. And, not often but sometimes, films get cancelled (like Pixar’s Newt) or retitled and completely reworked (like The Emperor’s New Groove, which was originally Kingdom of the Sun).
The next film from Disney Animation will be Wreck It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet, which is out November 21, 2018.