Disney Pushes ‘Snow White’ and ‘Elio’ Back to 2025
When Bob Iger called SAG-AFTRA negotiators and invited them back to the bargaining table on behalf of the studios, he did so hoping that Disney would be able to salvage the 2024 box-office.
With Hollywood still shut down, however, it looks like Disney is throwing in the towel and reshuffling their release schedule.
Today, Disney announced they were pushing back two of their early 2024 tentpole releases all the way to 2025.
Snow White Will Move To March 2025
Disney’s Snow White, the live-action remake of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, has been pushed back from March 22, 2024, to March 21, 2025.
Starring Rachel Zegler as the titular heroine, Snow White has become a point of contention among Disney fans, and in the broader culture, for its removal of the dwarfs from the film, and numerous off-the-cuff comments by Zegler that many took as disparaging to the original film.
Elio Also Delayed
The other heavily anticipated spring release to be delayed is Pixar’s Elio, which is being moved from March 1, 2024, to June 13, 2025.
As things stand, the next Pixar film released will be Inside Out 2 on June 14, 2024.
Jonathan Majors Film Removed From Schedule?
Unrelated to the strike, Disney and Searchlight have also removed Magazine Dreams starring Jonathan Manors from the December 2023 calendar.
The move comes in response to Majors’ legal troubles, including a domestic assault trial that is expected to start on November 29.
Disney Mum on Deadpool.
Interestingly Disney did not address the status of Marvel Studios Deadpool 3, which is set to hit theaters next May. Reports indicate that the film has been delayed and will not open on time.
The fact that Deadpool 3 and Inside Out 2 remain on the release schedule may indicate that the SAG-AFTRA strike is not the only reason that Elio and Snow White have been delayed. Perhaps Disney will use the strike as a cover to re-shoot or re-edit films that they believe are not working.
While today’s changes are significant, should the actors and studios be unable to agree to a new contract within the next week or so, more delays are an inevitability.
As always, continue to check back with MickeyBlog. We will bring you updates on all the news surrounding Disney’s release schedule.