Mega entertainment company Disney got mega-er this year. With the purchase of film conglomerate 21st Century Fox for $71 billion (R1 trillion) earlier this year, the Disney Company now owns a veritable league of entertainment affiliates, including Pixar, Marvel, National Geographic, ESPN, Fox, ABC Studios and Lucas Films.
The company held its showcase for the media at Montecasino in Johannesburg last week, giving us an inside look into the content we can expect next year and beyond. Viewers can expect much of the same big money-spinners, namely comic book films, sequels and live-action remakes of Disney classics.
This week, it was announced that the live-action remake of The Lion King is the highest grossing film in South Africa so far. Second is Black Panther and third is Avengers: End Game. The Lion King grossed a cool R107.6 million in South Africa alone.
HERE ARE THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
Release date: October 18
In the sequel to the 2014 global box office hit, Maleficent and her goddaughter Aurora begin to question the complex family ties that bind them as they are pulled in different directions by impending nuptials, unexpected allies and dark new forces at play.
Release date: December 6
Why was Elsa born with magical powers? The answer is calling her and threatening her kingdom. Together with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven, Elsa will set out on a dangerous but remarkable journey. In Frozen, Elsa feared her powers were too much for the world. In Frozen 2, she must hope they are enough.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Release date: December 20
The remnants of the Resistance face the First Order once again while reckoning with the past and their own inner turmoil.
Meanwhile, the ancient conflict between the Jedi and the Sith reaches its climax, bringing the Skywalker saga to a definitive end.
Release date: March 27
This is a live-action war drama directed by Niki Caro. It is loosely based on the 1998 animated feature film, but focuses more on the original Chinese legend.
Release date: May 28 2021
Estella (Cruella De Vil) lives on the streets of 1970s London with other hoodlums. We learn the real origins behind Estella’s hatred of Dalmatians.
Disney is also getting its own streaming platform, where viewers can access beloved Disney classics, as well as brand-new original content.
The series that have caused the most buzz so far are Loki, She-Hulk, Ms Marvel, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and Wanda Vision.
- Release dates are subject to change