An upcoming Jack and the Beanstalk-inspired animated film by Disney Animation, which was originally scheduled to open in 2020, has now been tabled indefinitely.
The feature, titled Gigantic, would have flipped the script on the classic fairy tale to tell the story of Jack befriending a female giant. Several names from some of Disney's most successful animated movies had been attached to develop the project, including Inside Out co-writer Meg LeFauve and Tangled's Nathan Greno as co-directors, and Frozen's Robert Lopez and Kirsten Anderson-Lopez as songwriters.
Although Disney had initially confirmed the film for a Nov. 25, 2020 release, The Hollywood Reporter says that the studio ran into too many creative obstacles, and Gigantic will be shelved for the foreseeable future.
In a statement, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios president Ed Catmull confirmed that a new project would take Gigantic's originally scheduled premiere date in late November -- although it is unclear which movie will be shifted to fill the open spot in Disney's intensive release timetable:
"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."
Aside from Gigantic, Disney is currently in development on three animated feature films: Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 scheduled for a 2018 release, Frozen 2 for 2019, and an untitled feature for 2021.