We’re not even a week out of D23 Expo 2022, and Disney has added to or changed several released dates for the upcoming movie schedule.
Get your calendars ready, here are all moves on the schedule:
The Haunted Mansion
Based on the Disney park attraction, the reboot of “The Haunted Mansion” moves from March 10, 2023 to August 11, 2023.
I still stand by my prediction last weekend that the return of the Hat Box Ghost to Walt Disney World’s “The Haunted Mansion” will probably still be timed to the release of the movie…which puts it right about the time “Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party” will start next year.
The film stars Ariana DeBose as Asha, who wishes upon a Star, but ends up having to team up with it to face the most formidable of foes to save her community and prove that when the will of one courageous human connects with the magic of the stars, wondrous things can happen.
Formerly a blank “Untitled Pixar Title” date of March 1, 2024, now gets filled with the newly announced Pixar film, “Elio,” which formerly had a “Spring 2024” date.
In the story, 11-year-old dreamer Elio (Yonas Kibreab) is artistic, creative, and an avid indoorsman who finds it hard to fit in. Meanwhile, Mom Olga (America Ferrera), who runs a top-secret military project, is working to decode a strange signal from outer space.
But it’s Elio who makes contact, gets beamed into space, and is subsequently mistaken for an intergalactic Ambassador for Earth.
The live-action remake of the classic 1937 Disney film ““Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” has gotten a release date of March 22, 2024.
It stars Rachel Zegler in the title role, and Gal Gadot as Snow White’s Stepmother, The Queen.
Inside Out 2
This newly announced Pixar sequel “Inside Out 2” will be released on June 14, 2024. Other than the return of Amy Pohler as Joy, not much else is known about the film, yet.
Mufasa: The Lion King
This prequel to the 2019 live action version of “The Lion King,” tells the story of how Mufasa goes from a cub to King of Pride Rock.
It has just been scheduled to open on July 5, 2024, which means Disney is banking on a big summer holiday box office for the film in the U.S.
Untitled Marvel Movie
Also, an untitled Marvel movie originally blocked to be released on February 16, 2024 has gotten moved to September 6, 2024.
What’s interesting is according to Feige at both SDCC22 and D23 Expo 2022, Marvel has “Thunderbolts” scheduled for July 26, 2024, and the newest “Fantastic Four” reboot scheduled for November 8, 2024. But nothing else was mentioned for Fall 2024.
However, last year, during that Labor Day weekend time period, Marvel debuted “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” to a first week box office of $94.6 million. Could they put an as-yet-unannounced “Shang-Chi” sequel in this 2024 slot? It’s entirely possible.
Marvel fans have also been waiting an announcement on “Deadpool 3,” and it’s entirely possible this is the big tentpole film scheduled to end summer. Either way we should know soon!
Next Goal Wins
Searchlight Pictures has also announced this week they have given a release date to Taika Waititi’s long-awaited soccer comedy, “Next Goal Wins,” of April 21, 2023.
Starring Michael Fassbender, Elisabeth Moss, Rhys Darby, Will Arnett, and more, it is an adaptation of a documentary of the same name about a failed Samoan soccer team who didn’t fare well at the World Cup in 2001.
That’s a lot of moving pieces on the movie schedule board. If anything changes again for one or more films, we’ll let you know.
Are any of these films on your list to see? Let us know which one(s) in the comments.