Disney is planning their own streaming service to launch in 2019 and along with the studio's massive back catalog of content, they're also planning a massive amount of new material as well. While most of it hasn't been confirmed by Disney, rumors are spreading of several specific projects, both films and TV series, that the House of Mouse currently has on the drawing board.
With the huge list of valuable properties that Disney has at its disposal, the studio is in a position to disrupt the entire streaming marketplace in a single moment with everything they could potentially create here. Some of these projects have been confirmed by Disney, while most are simply reported by other sources, but regardless, here's everything that is being said will appear on Disney's streaming service starting in 2019.
A New Muppets Project
The Muppets have had a rough go of late. They came back strong with a 2011 movie, but that was followed by a lackluster Muppets Most Wanted sequel, and while I personally thought The Muppets TV series was mostly pretty good, it failed to connect with audiences and didn't last beyond one season. It looks like they're going to be given another shot, though, as the word is that some sort of Muppets reboot is being planned for the streaming service. It's not clear if this will be a series or a movie, though the former is probably most likely.
More Than One Star Wars Series
One of the projects that has officially been confirmed for the service is a live-action series based in the galaxy far, far away. What is not confirmed is exactly what that means. Disney's service will launch sometime in 2019, which is the same year that the current Star Wars trilogy comes to an end. We don't really know where the film franchise will be going after that, beyond some of the creative influences in charge of it, so a series is an even more up-in-the-air prospect. What's more, Disney CEO Bob Iger says there are actually multiple series ideas being developed. It doesn't sound like they're trying to decide which one to go with, but rather that multiple projects are planned. Something called Star Wars Resistance was recently rumored as a potential new project,
Lady and the Tramp Remake
One of the more interesting movie projects that Disney is reportedly planning is a Lady and the Tramp remake. While Disney has been doing really well with their remakes of classic animated films, Lady and the Tramp isn't one of the projects that had been previously announced. One assumes the plan is to use the life-like computer animated style of The Jungle Book, though even that much isn't clear. One of the potential benefits, with projects like this one, is that viewers could have the ability to watch the new remake, then jump over and watch the original, which is the sort of thing that could keep people glued to the new service.
The Paper Magician
The Paper Magician is the first in a fantasy book trilogy written by Charlie N. Holmberg that Disney picked up the rights to in March of 2016. It looks like the plan for the first film, and one assumes the rest of the trilogy, is to see a release via streaming service rather than theatrical release. Since the project was announced prior to Disney's streaming service being a known entity, it was assumed that this was going to be a theatrical release. It does raise the question of how Disney will decide what projects get released through which platforms.
Magic Camp is an interesting one because the film sat on Disney's theatrical release slate for quite some time, all while essentially nothing seemed to be happening with it. Then, last year, the project was pulled from the theatrical calendar with just as much fanfare as we'd had before -- none. Now, it appears the reason for the switch is that the film is going to be moved to debut online instead of on the big screen. The movie stars Adam Devine and Gillian Jacobs, so we know it's a comedy and the movie appears to be done, but it looks like it'll be at least a year before anybody actually sees it.
The Sword in the Stone
One of Disney's live-action remakes that we did know was on the way was the remake of The Sword in the Stone. In fact, we only recently learned that the movie was talking to a director in 28 Weeks Later 's Juan Carlos Fresnadillo. It appears now that the plan is for that particular remake to be an original production for the streaming service rather than the big screen. With the writer of the project being a Game of Thrones vet, perhaps the feeling was that the final product would fit better on TV.
What's quite possibly the single most surprising report for a movie looking to debut on Disney's streaming service is Noelle, a Christmas movie starring Anna Kendrick. The reason this one is a shock is because, the last we'd heard, this film had a theatrical release date for November 2019, but one source is now reporting it's streaming bound. Now, if the Disney service debuts in Fall of 2019, as is currently rumored, there's certainly value in dropping an original Christmas movie in the launch window, but this would seem to open a hole in Disney's theatrical plan. We often see Marvel movies released in that weekend, but with Phase 3 coming to a close earlier that year, the MCU will be taking a break in the latter half of 2019.
The Mighty Ducks Series
Another potential TV project in the works is one based on the Mighty Ducks film series. What's more, the original screenwriter of the films is attached to write it. It's not clear if the plan is to reboot the franchise a fresh and make a series that more or less follows the premise of the film(s), or if the plan will be to make the series a sequel which picks up after the films. Perhaps with one of the now adult Ducks taking the role as coach of the team? It feels like a premise like that could both attract fans of the films as well as those new to the franchise.
Monsters Inc. Series
Another of the "actually confirmed by Disney" projects in development is a series based on Pixar's Monsters Inc. Disney has turned several of its successful animated films, like Tangled and Big Hero 6, into series, but this is the first time we've seen it happening with a Pixar property. We don't know if Mike and Sully will be the lead characters or if Billy Crystal and John Goodman will provide the voices if they are. We don't even know what time period the series will take place in, considering the film sequel was set during the college years.
High School Musical Series
Let's face it, it just wouldn't be Disney if it didn't have teenagers singing pop music. Following the success of the original High School Musical on the Disney Channel, Disney made a couple of sequels, including one that saw a theatrical release since the series was so popular. Since then, Disney has made several other musicals with soon to be pop sensations like Demi Lovato and the Jonas Brothers. Now, Disney goes back to the well with a new series based on High School Musical. Expect this one to borrow the premise of the film's with an otherwise brand new story, though we wouldn't write-off a potential Zach Efron cameo entirely.
A Marvel Series
Marvel has had nearly as much success on the small screen for Disney as they have on the big one, so it's little surprise that a new Marvel series is planned for Disney's service. We don't know much about it, beyond the fact that it will be something original, so not based on a previously introduced character. Also, we can expect it to be something more akin to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. than Jessica Jones, as Disney plans to keep the service family friendly, and thus more adult content like Marvel's Netflix series will not be included.
The writer of The Hunger Games and Captain Philips, Billy Ray, has a script for an adaptation of Don Quixote which Disney picked up in 2016. It appears they see the feature as a Pirates of the Caribbean-like action adventure and they're eyeing the streaming service for the film. Depending on the timing planned for this one, it could come up against Terry Gilliam's version of the story, which it looks like it may actually come to pass soon. Clearly, the two projects will take the same material in very different directions.
You might remember the animated movie Balto from many years ago, which was based on the sled dog that led the final leg of the 1925 serum run to Nome which brought much needed Diptheria medicine to Nome, Alaska. Togo is the name of the sled dog that led the team that ran the leg prior to Balto, the longest leg run by any team during the race. This project looks to be a live-action movie that will focus on Togo and Leonhard Seppala, the human driver of the sled dog team. Disney is good at making inspirational stories, and this looks to be right in their ballpark.
While Stargirl sounds like a science fiction story, it's actually a very grounded YA drama about a girl transitioning from homeschooling to high school who is at first embraced for differences before shunned for being so unusual. The book has been in development hell since almost back when it was written in 2000, but Disney currently has the rights and even reportedly cast the two leads, though that was so long ago that it's possible things have changed drastically. Still, with a new outlet in which to debut films, it appears Stargirl may finally be getting her time in the sun.
Three Men And A Baby
Of all the reboots that the Disney streaming service is planning, one of the oddest that has been reported is a remake of Three Men and a Baby. The original was technically a Disney project, though it was produced through Touchstone, the studio Disney started to do more "adult" movies, and starred Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg, and Ted Danson as three men who find themselves raising an infant. One hopes that a sequel won't find quite as much novelty in the mere concept of men raising kids, but if not, what exactly would this movie be about?
Timmy Failure is a children's book which focuses on an 11-year-old boy who fancies himself a great detective. The project is being co-written by the book's author Stephan Pastis and Spotlight director Tom McCarthy, who recently handled rewrites on another Disney project, the live-action Winnie the Pooh movie Christopher Robin. This project was originally announced less than a year ago, which could mean it will be one of the first we see, since this one won't necessarily need to be freed from the depth of development hell like so many of the other projects on this list.