It isn’t unusual for studios to shut down production on animated films, though they have already been announced – but this rarely happens when a feature has been showcased at events like D23. However, this seems to be the unfortunate tale of Disney’s Gigantic.
The film was quietly launched a few years ago as Giants, before being formally launched at 2015’s D23 convention under the new title. To be directed by Tangled’s Nathan Greno and Inside Out co-writer Meg LeFauve, Gigantic was to feature songs from Frozen duo Robert Lopez and Kirsten Anderson-Lopez.
The story, set in Spain’s age of exploration this was to be a new take on Jack And The Beanstalk that found adventurous Jack heading into the clouds in what begins as a fairly traditional take on the fairy tale. However, things soon change when he meets Inma, an 11-year-old girl who just so happens to be 60-feet tall and part of a world filled with giants. No single castle in sight, this is a land populated with giants of all shapes and sizes. But, you know, mostly huge. Most dangerous of this race are Storm Giants, and its these villains that little Jack, along with his giant new friend will have to deal with. But not before Inma has made his life briefly a misery, since he’s roughly the size of a doll to her.
Now, however, Gigantic has been shut down by Disney bosses John Lasseter and Ed Catmull. In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Catmull explained, “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. 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.”
We don’t know anything about this mystery movie yet, though according to the magazine’s report, it’ll be an original film.