Walt Disney announced this morning that Jaume Collet-Serra’s live-action adaptation of the popular Disney theme park ride “The Jungle Cruise” has been moved from Oct. 11, 2019 to July 24, 2020. That gets the Dwayne Johnson/Emily Blunt action comedy out of the way of a bunch of another family fare (The Addams Family, Are You Afraid of the Dark? And the Tom Hanks-as-Mister Rogers flick You Are My Friend) and positions it as potentially the last biggie of the summer 2020 season. This also puts Disney’s post-Star Wars and post-Avengers slate slightly more into focus.
They have a bunch of theoretical “Marvel movie” or “Disney live-action movie” offerings slotted for 2020, but thus far the only named titles are Mulan on March 27, Maleficent 2 on June 19 and now Jungle Cruise on July 24. They already moved Indiana Jones to July 7, 2021, and that is (understandably) their last official “dated” movie. And this also doesn’t account for any moves related to big Fox releases, as it’s already known that Kenneth Branagh’s Death on the Nile will open not on Dec. 20, 2019 (against Walt Disney’s Star Wars IX) but Oct. 2, 2020.