Disney Demonstrates Diversity with Future Film & TV Slate, Following ‘Investor Day 2020’ Announcement

The Walt Disney Company webcast its annual Investor Day 2020 on 10 December, which focused on their direct-to-consumer streaming services and revealed a diverse slate of future films and television content.

  • On Thursday, the company revealed that its Disney+ service now has 86.8 million subscribers and announced a slew of new content for the platform.
  • The company said it now expects to see between 230 million to 260 million subscribers to Disney+ by 2024 and saw its stock hit a record close on Thursday.

In their biggest and most diverse announcement to date, the company revealed a slew of overwhelmingly impressive Disney+ announcements inclusive of Walt Disney Animation and Pixar projects, together with over 100 movies and television shows/series connected to franchises like Star Wars, Marvel, FX and National Geographic.

During the presentation, Disney shared insights and updates about its trio of streaming services as well as its plan for theatrical releases. It also boosted estimates for its Disney+ subscriber numbers and announced increased investment in original content.

The announcements were made in absolute abundance and there is much too much be excited about so here’s a snapshot from @Disney thread on Twitter:

To home in on the diversity front, read on to explore the multicultural waves the studio will be making over the coming years:

Raya and the Last Dragon already had its moment in the spotlight in October when studio released the official teaser. The film will be the Disney Animation’s first film inspired by Southeast Asia culture. The teaser introduces us to Raya and can be seen gearing up as she prepares for an adventure across the realm of Kumandra with her animal sidekick Tuk Tuk, in search of the last dragon.

Coming to FX on Hulu, FX’s Reservation Dogs is a new half-hour comedy series about four Native American teenagers growing up on a reservation in eastern Oklahoma. Currently in development from co-creators Sterlin Harjo and Academy Award winner @TaikaWaititi.”

Over to the Star Wars universe, the studio tweeted: “Star Wars: Visions, an Original Series of animated short films, celebrates the @StarWars galaxy through the lens of the world’s best Japanese anime creators. Coming in 2021 to @DisneyPlus.”

Still more on Star Wars, Disney tweeted: “Tomi Adeyemi’s New York Times bestselling novel Children of Blood & Bone is being developed by Lucasfilm in partnership with 20th Century Studios. This coming-of-age adventure follows a young African girl’s quest to restore magic to her forsaken people, the Maji.”

Over on National Geographic, we learned Martin Luther King, Jr will be the centre of the fourth instalment of the ‘Genius’ series. They tweeted: “From executive producers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, the fourth installment of Genius will premiere exclusively on @DisneyPlus and explore the extraordinary life and immeasurable impact of Martin Luther King, Jr.”

And finally from @NatGeo comes “Welcome to Earth (working title) – an epic, stunning series from @DarrenAronofsky in which Will Smith embarks on an awe-inspiring journey to unlock the secrets of this planet’s most extraordinary, unexplained phenomena. Coming to @DisneyPlus,” tweeted Disney.

Moving onto movie magic… Here’s your much-anticipated update on @DisneyStudios films:

“Three new Original Movies inspired by the real-life stories of Chris Paul (@CP3), Giannis Antetokounmpo (@Giannis_An34), and @KeanonLowe, coming to @DisneyPlus.” tweeted Disney.

A prequel to the live action Lion King is also confirmed and the final casting for the live action The Little Mermaid has also been announced.

Yara Shahidi will play the part of Tinker Bell in the live action Peter Pan.

Four all-new animated series’ was also announced for some of the studio’s most cherished classics. And in a first-of-its-kind collaboration, @DisneyAnimation and Pan-African entertainment company Kugali will team up to create an all-new, science fiction series coming to @DisneyPlus in 2022: Iwájú. Check out a first look at visual development art from the series,” tweeted Disney.

As we pivot toward Pixar, a reminder that Soul will premier exclusively on Disney+ this Christmas Day. Here’s the trailer:

In another all-new film, Pixar will introduce audiences to a boy named Luca, as he experiences an unforgettable summer in a seaside town on the Italian Riviera.

Moving onto Marvel, we learned production has just wrapped for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, coming to theatres on 9 July, 2021.

To broaden their diversity pool, the studio has finally introduced us to our first Pakistani superhero: “Ms. Marvel, a newer character to Marvel comics has grabbed the world’s imagination and we are excited to announce Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan. Ms. Marvel, an Original Series from Marvel Studios, is coming late 2021 to #DisneyPlus.”

And finally, a new group of heroes welcomes Gemma Chan, Kumail Nanjiani and Salma Hayek in Eternals.

Phew… now that was to infinity and beyond!


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