Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Gigantic gets the axe

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Gigantic is one of Walt Disney Animation Studios projects that have been in the works for a while. However, it looks like all that work isn’t going to pay off since it’s going to be canceled.

Gigantic was first announced in at D23 Expo 2015 and was scheduled to be released in 2020. It was going to be based on the Jack and the Beanstalk fairy tale where Jack makes a friend with a giant girl. That’s definitely different from the version we know of the giant going after Jack.

The film had Inside Out co-writer Meg LeFauve and Nathan Greno (Tangled) directing with Frozen songwriters Robert Lopez and Kirsten Anderson-Lopez attached as the songwriters.

So what happened? The studio had this to say about the film’s creative journey:

“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,” said Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios president Ed Catmull. “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.”

The new 2020 project hasn’t been revealed, but there are rumors that it’s going to be an original film.

Animation is a long process and part of what makes Disney and Pixar special is their focus on storytelling. Disney and Pixar have had previous projects that went nowhere including King of the Elves and Newt.

For now, Disney fans can still look forward to Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 in 2018 and Frozen 2 in 2019.

Source: THR

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