In an exclusive story today, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Walt Disney Animation Studios has abandoned its long-gestating plans to release the animated feature “Gigantic,” a story inspired by the classic English fairy tale “Jack and the Beanstalk.”
“Gigantic” was first announced at D23 Expo 2015, with “Frozen” songwriters Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez on board to pen the film’s original songs. Nathan Greno, co-director of “Tangled,” was originally announced to helm the project.
At that point Disney‘s official description for the movie was as follows:
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Last year Disney announced that “Gigantic” had been pushed back to November of 2018, and later “Inside Out” co-writer Meg LeFauve was added as co-director of the movie. Sadly, it appears as though the project was not able to clear some significant developmental hurdles, despite the talent of the team involved.
As quoted in the Hollywood Reporter:
“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,” said Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios president Ed Catmull. “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.”
WATCH “GIGANTIC” BEANSTALK AT D23 EXPO 2015: