New ‘Star Wars’ trilogy, ‘Avatar’, ‘Indiana Jones 5’ among Disney’s revamped theatrical release schedule

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If 2027 is not a part of your business plans, you're doing it wrong.

With the Fox acquisition firmly in Disney’s rearview mirror, Studio execs wasted no time reshuffling Disney's now unified theatrical release schedule, which you can view in its entirety here.

Disney's newly revamped lineup will shift the first of FOUR James Cameron produced Avatar sequels to December 17, 2021. The subsequent films will release every other year and will conclude on December 17, 2027. Rian Johnson's new Star Wars trilogy will also release every other year starting December 16, 2022, and will conclude on December 18, 2026. Add it all up and fans will get to see a new "Avatar" or "Star Wars" film released consecutively for SEVEN years starting in 2021! Factor in how old you will be by the time 2027 comes around and this news takes a slightly more depressing spin...if it already wasn’t.

Disney confirmed the official release dates for two of Steven Spielberg’s upcoming films; West Side Story, bowing December 18, 2020, and his long-awaited "Indiana Jones 5" set for July 9, 2021.

Unfortunately, those patiently awaiting Fox’s New Mutants and Disney’s Artemis Fowl will have to wait yet another year as Disney has pushed their original release dates from August 2019 to April 3, 2020 (New Mutants) and May 29, 2020 (Artemis Fowl). Moving into their August 2019 slots are Kevin Costner’s The Art of Racing in the Rain and Ryan Murphy's scripted thriller Ready or Not starring ADAM BRODY.

Those anxiously awaiting Marvel's Phase IV announcements will have to wait just a little bit longer. The good news is that Disney has reserved plenty of dates throughout 2022 to help feed the habit, including two Marvel films on May 1 and November 6, 2020. Sources at Deadline say two of those dates are reserved for Scarlet Johannson's Black Widow, Destin Cretton's Shang Chi, or Angelina Jolie's The Eternals. The lone carryover will likely move to one of three Marvel dates set for 2021 - Feb. 12, May 7, and November 5 - which will likely host the sequels to Ryan Coogler's Black Panther, Scott Derrickson's Doctor Strange, or Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel. And finally, Marvel has reserved three dates in 2022 - Feb. 18, May 6, July 29 - which will likely include James Gunn’s (As)Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

Interestingly, Disney has EIGHT “untitled live-action” films on tap for 2021 and 2022. As if 2019's live-action remake slate wasn't enough to torture and tantalize Disney purists, news of eight films will likely be met with a healthy mix of skepticism and intrigue depending on Disney’s choice to remake or curate original content.

Last, fans eagerly awaiting the release of new Pixar originals will be delighted to see two new films are set for June 19, 2020, and June 18, 2021.

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