Aladdin & Artemis Fowl Get Release Dates
Now that Star Wars: Episode IX‘s theatrical release has been shifted back from May to December of 2019, Disney has announced release date for a handful of projects that are either in active development or have already begun filming. Among those titles are three key live-action titles from the Mouse House: director Guy Ritchie’s live-action Aladdin (which is now in production), director Marc Forster’s own live-action film Christopher Robin (which is currently putting together its cast) and director Kenneth Branagh’s live-action movie adaptation of the young adult fantasy novel series, Artemis Fowl.
Episode IX‘s release date delay comes on the heels of a change-in-director on the movie, with Colin Trevorrow having stepped down and Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens helmsman J.J. Abrams having now formally taken his old spot. Aladdin will fill in for Episode IX as Disney’s big tentpole for the end of May 2019, following the release of Avengers 4 earlier in the month. Artemis Fowl is also now scheduled to arrive during the 2019 summer movie season, while Christopher Robin (or, rather, Untitled Christopher Robin Project, as it’s currently known) will arrive a year ahead of then.
Aladdin will take Episode IX‘s former theatrical release date of May 24, 2019, pitting Ritchie’s film against the opening weekend for the Minecraft video game movie adaptation. Artemis Fowl will open in theaters a few months later on August 9th and currently has that opening date to itself. Christopher Robin, as mentioned before, will be arriving sooner than either of those movies on August 3rd, 2018 – a date where the Disney fairy tale sequel will serve as counter-programming to that weekend’s release of Shane Black’s R-Rated sci-fi action/thriller, The Predator.