Sean Bailey has served as president of production at The Walt Disney Studios since 2010, helping to steer the Mouse House to new highs. Bailey helped push the studio towards a smaller slate, but one made up entirely of major tentpoles which have seen it become what is easily the biggest player in town in recent years.
2019 sees him taking on one of his most powerful slates yet with nine films coming from Disney next year: “Captain Marvel,” “Dumbo,” “Avengers: Endgame,” “Aladdin,” “Toy Story 4,” “The Lion King,” “Artemis Fowl,” “Frozen 2” and “Star Wars Episode IX”. That’s on top of the launch of the Disney+ streaming service towards year’s end.
Bailey spoke with THR this week to talk the future and he discussed a couple of things. First up, he says the new “The Lion King” is neither live-action or animation as it uses techniques that apply to both. He says there no real end in sight to the studio’s plans to remake their classic animated movies as they always “might hear something that excites us”.
He admits the upcoming Disney+ service is aiming to release 4-5 major original films a year and some smaller films that Disney has released in recent years like “Queen of Katwe,” “McFarland, USA” and “Million Dollar Arm” will be the kinds of films that will no longer go theatrical and instead launch on the service. Early films planned include “Stargirl,” “Togo,” “Timmy Failure” and “Lady and the Tramp”.
He then goes on to confirm the upcoming “Pirates of the Caribbean” reboot, penned by “Deadpool” scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, is moving on without Johnny Depp: “We want to bring in a new energy and vitality. I love the [Pirates] movies, but part of the reason Paul and Rhett are so interesting is that we want to give it a kick in the pants. And that’s what I’ve tasked them with.”
Disney’s 2020 slate includes “Onward,” “Mulan,” “Jungle Cruise,” “Maleficent 2” and at least two unannounced Marvel Studios films.