Disney and Pixar have captivated audiences with their animated adventures for decades, and we just can't get enough. Given their track record, fans have been eager to see new films such as The Incredibles 2, Coco, Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 and Toy Story 4. Unfortunately, there's one project that won't get to see the light of day....
It's Time To Say Goodbye To Disney's 'Gigantic'
Back in 2015 during its signature D23 Expo, Disney announced it was working on Gigantic, an adaptation of Jack and the Beanstalk. This wouldn't be the classic tale we've heard so many times, though. As the company revealed at the time, it would give the story some unexpected twists to set it apart from other adaptations.
Despite the relative silence in terms of news, the movie seemed to be doing great for quite some time. #Tangled's Nathan Greno signed on to direct, Meg Fauve (Captain Marvel) was brought in to pen the script (and co-direct later on), and a November 2018 release date was set.
The film then hit a snag this past April when it was delayed by two years to November 25, 2018. Little did we know at the time that the pushback was a bad omen for the ambitious project. Now, Disney and #Pixar have announced that #Gigantic is officially dead.
Ed Catmull, president of #WaltDisney and Pixar Animation Studios, released a statement through The Hollywood Reporter. In it, he explained that the project just didn't come together in a way that satisfied the studio:
"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. 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."
Hearing that the film didn't work out is quite surprising because, as mentioned, it seemed to be on the right track for quite a long time. In fact, during D23 2015, producer #NathanGreno revealed the strong expectations Disney had for the project: "We hope this will be the definitive version of 'Jack and the Beanstalk' ... with comedy and deep emotion."
Having a company as powerful and prudent as Disney cancel a long-in-development project isn't common (though not unheard of), so it's great to see the people behind the enterprise making the effort to communicate with their audiences and let them know what's going on behind the scenes.
The Brilliant Adaptation That 'Gigantic' Could Have Been
As Catmull stated, there are projects that simply don't come together — but Gigantic had a bold idea of gender-flipping the classic literary giant. The film was going to be set in fifteenth-century Spain, and would have followed a young man named Jack looking for adventure. As Greno explained during D23:
"This age of exploration was where people were going off finding new lands. That's what happens when Jack goes up the beanstalk and finds this whole new world."
In that brand new world, Jack would have come across and subsequently befriended a giant by the name of Inma, who was going to treat the young man as her personal doll. Together, the pair would have gone on a massive adventure worthy of the Disney brand, that would have gotten them in a whole lot of trouble, which included an encounter with dangerous adversaries known simply as "Storm Giants."
While the information we had about the plot was essentially a synopsis, it sounded quite promising. And seeing the high-quality projects Disney has been releasing lately, I would have loved to see what the movie could have been — but we'll have to trust the studio's decision if its creative geniuses just couldn't make the story come together.
Still, it's great to know that the House of the Mouse is already working on a new original film to replace Gigantic. Hopefully we learn what that's all about soon.
How do you feel about Disney cancelling Gigantic? Were you excited to watch the film or did it fly under your radar? Let me know in the comments!