The SAG-AFTRA strike is being blamed for a new round of movie rescheduling announced by Disney and Pixar, involving the 2024 live-action remake of the animated classic “Snow White” and Pixar Animation’s “Elio,” among others.
Walt Disney Studios has bumped the live-action remake of “Snow White” a whole year, from March 22, 2024 to March 21, 2025.
The film, directed by Marc Webb, stars Rachel Zegler in the lead role, and Gal Gadot as the Evil Queen.
However, with the announcement of the delay, Disney released a first look image at Zeglar as Snow White surrounded by some of the dwarfs:
Meanwhile, Pixar has moved its original story, “Elio,” from March 1, 2024 to June 13, 2025.
The film follows an eleven-year-old boy named Elio Solis (Yonas Kibreab) who accidentally becomes the intergalactic Ambassador of planet Earth after being beamed up to the Communiverse by aliens for making contact.
Elio must form new bonds with eccentric alien lifeforms and survive a series of formidable trials.
The film, directed by Adrian Molina, and produced by Pete Doctor, also stars America Ferrera, Jameela Jamil, and Brad Garrett.
Barring any further schedule changes, the next Pixar release will now be the sequel “Inside Out 2,” which is due in theaters June 14, 2024.
New Dates TBA
In a move mostly unrelated to the strike, Disney and Searchlight have removed “Magazine Dreams” starring Jonathan Majors from its December 8, 2023 release date, with no new date announced.
The decision was actually widely expected due to Majors’ current legal troubles. He is due to stand trial Nov. 29 in New York for misdemeanor harassment and assault charges.
The film premiered at Sundance in January 2023, and at the time, was considered an awards season vehicle for Majors, who plays an aspiring body builder. His future with Marvel is also up in the air at the moment, beyond his recent appearance in season 2 of “Loki.”
Speaking of awards contenders, Disney also recently pulled New Regency’s “The Bikeriders” from its planned December 1 theatrical launch, with no new date announced.
This move is partially due to the actor’s strike, but also due to the fact Beyonce is releasing her concert film, “Renaissance,” on December 1, and they were concerned it would have a Taylor Swift-style effect on the box office.
The film, based on the book of the same name, tells the stories of a midwest motorcycle club/gang in the late 1960s, and stars Tom Hardy, Austin Butler and Jodie Comer.
The longer this actor’s strike continues, the more likely other films will also be bumped to new dates. Not only because the actors still need to finish these films, but because they’re also needed to help promote the films. We’ll let you know if we hear of any other confirmed release reschedules.