Despite Disney’s best intentions, they have announced that their current animation project, Gigantic, has been moved into inactive development. The Jack and the Beanstalk re-vamp was to be about an alternate version of the fairy tale where Jack makes a friend in the giant he meets at the top of the beanstalk.
Gigantic was to release in 2020, only a year after Frozen 2’s slated release on November 27, 2019.
According to Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios president Ed Catmull in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, the cancellation isn’t for a lack of trying. He explains that they’ve put quite a bit of work into Gigantic, but “no matter how much we love an idea or how much heart goes into it” sometimes it just doesn’t work out.
Apparently the studio got to the point where the creative process has hit a wall and they are “ending active development for now.” Meaning that perhaps in the far future, Disney studios might pick it up again and they have every intention of holding onto to the IP.
Catmull also mentions that Disney will be focusing on “another project that has been in the works, which we’ll be sharing more about soon, now set for Thanksgiving 2020.” He gives no other details, but The Hollywood Reporter has heard rumors that it will be an “original feature,” which could mean anything. Disney is quite keen on “originals” and adapting fairy tales into something new. Though whether that new is exciting or not is another story.
If you’ve ever heard the long and gruelling process The Emperor’s New Groove went through, this kind of cancellation should come as no surprise. Animation projects are tough and they don’t always work out the way the creators might hope. Who knows, maybe Gigantic will go the same way; a decade later the project might come out with a brand new title and concept we can look forward to again.