D23 Expo 2015 Summary Part 1: ‘The Jungle Book,’ ‘Alice’ Sequel, ‘Gigantic’ and ‘Pirates’ 5

Disney took the stage at the D23 Expo to present a new poster for The Jungle Book. New footage was also shown receiving a standing ovation from the crowd. Sean Bailey, president of production at Walt Disney Studios, introduced the film and explained how they not only wanted to honor the integrity of the 1967 animated film but also Rudyard Kipling’s original novel.

John Favreau (Director of the film) elaborated on the matter, saying how both he and Disney chairman Alan Horn “had different perspectives on something that we both cared deeply about.. Finding the balance between the iconic, mythic power of the Kipling and all of the images that I grew up with from the animated feature, how do you combine those things? How do you build upon that legacy?”

Here’s the poster revealed by Disney Studios:

D23 The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book arrives in cinemas April 2016. Also available in 3D from Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures.


After grossing over $1 billion worldwide, Alice in Wonderland is now getting a sequel with Mia Wasikowska and Johnny Depp returning for Alice Through the Looking Glass.

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Like the previous film, Alice Through The Looking Glass will be based on a Lewis Carroll children’s book, “Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There,” in which young Alice once again finds herself straying into a strange alternate world. Alice in Wonderland took a few liberties with the plot of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland/” as well as including several characters that didn’t appear until the second book, and Alice Through The Looking Glass will also make some changes from the source material, with the story previously summed up as “an all-new tale that travels back to Underland – and back in Time.”

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Since Tim Burton was busy making Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Alice Through The Looking Glass was directed by James Bobin, whose first two feature films were The Muppets and Muppets Most Wanted. The screenplay was written by Linda Woolverton, who also scripted last year’s highly successful live-action Disney film Maleficent. These character posters were unveiled during D23, a bi-annual convention during which Disney presents teases for the studio’s biggest upcoming movies.

Alice Through The Looking Glass arrives in cinemas on May 2016.


Another fairy tale is getting that signature Disney makeover, and this time it’s all about the beans. Walt Disney Animation Studios is currently in the midst of D23, a three-day even during which Disney presents exclusive new announcements and previous of its upcoming movies. Chief Creative Officier John Lasseter was on hand to announce the coming slate of films that will extend across the next few years, and it looks like Disney is continuing the fairy tale adaptation trend.

Building on the success of Frozen, the studio is moving forward with another twist on a beloved children’s story. This time, it’s an animated movie called Gigantic, based on the classic tale of Jack and the Beanstalk.

D23 Gigantic

Nathan Greno (Tangled) will direct, Dorothy McKim (Get a Horse!) will produce and Frozen songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez have signed on to pen the music. This will mark the first time collaboration between Lopez, Anderson-Lopez and Greno, who had previously worked with Alan Merkin on the music for Tangled. It’s a lineup that clearly knows how to make a Disney movie; McKim was a production supervisor on classic hits Beauty and the Beast and Oliver and Company. Based on the concept artwork released, it looks like Gigantic will most closely resemble Frozen stylistically.

Gigantic will arrive in theaters in 2018.

D23 Pirates

During the Disney presentation at the D23 Expo, the studio unveiled the official logo for Dead Men Tell No Tales (Above). Plus, Walt Disney Studios President Sean Bailey officially confirmed Orlando Bloom’s return as Will Turner in the fifth Pirated of the Caribbean. Though nothing else about Turner’s role in the film was confirmed, the last time we lift the character, he has assumed the role of Davy Jones, captain of the Flying Dutchman, while Elizabeth (Keira Knightley) was left to raise their son.

D23 Orlando Bloom

Bloom joins fellow Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales co-stars Depp, Oscar winner Javier Bardem, Brenton Thwaites (The Giver) and Kaya Scodelario (The Maze Runner Series). Jerry Bruckheimer is returning to produce the film with Espen Sanberg and Joachim Ronning (Kon Tki) directing from a script penned by Jeff Nathanson (Rush Hour 1 & 2).

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales hits theaters July 2017.

Source: JoBlo, ScreenRant, Disney

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