Bob Iger Hints Additional Films Could Hit Disney+, The Blockbusters Will Stay Theatrical Releases
Last week, Walt Disney Studios shuffled their theatrical release schedule for their big name projects, one film that has been in development for many years at the studio, Artemis Fowl was officially moved to Disney+.
Well, according to former CEO and current chairman Bob Iger, more movies could make the move to Disney’s streamer.
While speaking with Barron’s Iger hinted that smaller scale movies could move to Disney+, while the big name IP’s (Black Widow, Mulan) would remain theatrical releases.
In terms of movies going ahead after Artemis, there may be a few more that we end up putting directly onto Disney+, but for the most part a lot of the big tentpole Disney films, we’ll simply wait for slots. In some cases we’ve announced new ones already, but later on in the calendar.
The next question on everyone’s mind is what films could make the jump to Disney+? Well, we have a few projects in mind.
The One and Only Ivan
Based on the award-winning book of the same name, The One and Only Ivan, is due out in August — which isn’t a great month for most films at the box office, the film has yet to start its marketing campaign. Despite a stacked including Angelina Jolie (Maleficent), Sam Rockwell (Iron Man 2), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Danny DeVito (Dumbo), and Helen Mirren (The Nutcracker and the Four Realms), the film is not a well known IP, but could be the perfect type of family film for the service, that gives viewers at home a theatrical caliber film, like Artemis Fowl.
This is a long-shot, but hear me out. When the company made the announcement that they had updated their release schedule a film that remained firm on its scheduled date was Pixar’s Soul. The film is the second original film from the studio this year. With two trailers already released, the film is in the forefront of people’s minds, and if the studio wants to maintain that steam, making Soul the first Pixar exclusive to Disney+ could be a smart move.
Other films that could make the move to Disney+ include Cruella, West Side Story, and Hamilton, and Peter Pan and Wendy, which was originally in development for Disney+ before moving to theatrical. Films that I believe stay theatrical are all Marvel Studio projects, Jungle Cruise, and Raya and the Last Dragon.
Iger’s comments is good news for subscribers to the service, as they are ready and wanting exclusive content to watch and keep them subscribed especially in today’s landscape. As of now, Disney+ is at 30 million subscribers.