Gird your loins, Disney is playing for keeps in 2019, focusing on sequels to much-loved franchises. Do you want to make a cash cow?
Disney Animation Studios, and acquisitions LucasFilm and Marvel, are setting up the juggernaut for a record-breaking year, releasing no less than 21 films, combined.
Live-action remakes are en vogue at the happiest place on earth, giving us some heavy ’90s flashbacks. We’ll get to see Aladdin and Mulan alive and in the flesh, plus have our hearts stomped on all over again by the cutest elephant that ever was, Dumbo, and the kid responsible for our daddy issues, The Lion King.
While the studio initially flirted with the idea of whitewashing, the casting of Aladdin, Mulan, and The Lion King eventually found its way to awesomeness … because Beyoncé voicing Nala is nothing if not awesome. Naturally, we’ll all try very hard to put on a brave face for Will Smith’s Genie and not get super sad thinking about Robin Williams. Nope, jinxed it. Sad now.
But that’s not all, folks! (Wait, is that Warner Bros.? Whatever.)
Parents, get out your noise-cancelling headphones because Toy Story 4 and Frozen 2 are hitting the cinemas; and you just know their soundtracks are going to be fierce! And on repeat. *Braids hair* I’m so ready.
Marvel will once again destroy the box office (and half the universe) releasing the studio’s first female-lead film, Captain Marvel, plus untitled Avengers 4, and Spider-Man: Far from Home. For reference: Black Panther, the first superhero movie with an all-black cast, brought home $1.3 billion; Avengers: Infinity War (Avengers 3) grossed over $2 billion; and our little spider-guy: $847 million. Box office. Destroyed.
But, if anyone is going to give Marvel a run for its money, it’s LucasFilm and Star Wars episode IX! The end of the Skywalker Saga, and last of the sequel trilogy, will be coming out at Christmas. It follows the mega-success of The Force Awakens (over $2B) and The Last Jedi ($1.3B).
Not that it’s really a competition … because they’re all Disney.
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