Every Project Disney Announced at Its 2020 Investor Meeting

Once a year, Disney gathers its investors and tells them what's ahead. This year, our minds were blown.

The COVID pandemic has seen all sorts of shifts in Hollywood. We've extensively covered the HBO Max move to release movies online and in theaters at the same time, and we've shown the postponements from other studios. 

Now, Disney had its chance to unveil its plan for investors, and it gave us a glimpse into the future of Hollywood and some trends to mark. In the hours since, Disney's stock has been surging and the internet has been abuzz with the announcements and chatter. 

Let's look at what's going on. 

That was the tweet that started it all. In the subsequent hours, Disney tweeted out everything they had planned moving forward. The company announced a target of 100+ new titles a year for Disney+ and revealed a slate on everything they were already working on. 

Bob Chapek, Chief Executive Officer, the Walt Disney Company, and Bob Iger, Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board, led the virtual event. 

“The tremendous success we’ve achieved across our unique portfolio of streaming services, with more than 137 million subscriptions worldwide, has bolstered our confidence in our acceleration toward a DTC-first business model,” said Chapek. “With our amazing creative teams and our ever-growing collection of the high-quality branded entertainment that consumers want, we believe we are incredibly well-positioned to achieve our long-term goals.”

These numbers are staggering, but how will they pay for it? Right now, price hikes. 

Beginning March 26, 2021, Disney+ will be priced in the U.S. at $7.99 per month or $79.99 per year, while the Disney Bundle with Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ will be priced at $13.99 per month.

That's up a dollar. But when you have that many subscribers, it comes out to a lot. 

What does this mean for Hollywood? 

Well, Disney is focusing most of its energy on Disney+ moving forward.

We heard announcements on lots of new shows (which we will get to in a second), but they are also going to release movies in theaters and on the app. This will ensure they can get the benefits of both subscriptions and box office take. This is similar to the HBO Max strategy, but Disney is releasing far fewer movies. 

Instead, they're focusing on projects headed to Disney+, which they think might draw a bigger audience. They didn't announce that any of their other titles will hit Disney+, aside from a few family films we will highlight later.  

According to CNBC, Chapek said Disney’s content strategy is about “balance” and meeting consumer demand. Of the around 100 projects that Disney shared, 80% are going directly to Disney+. Still, these new projects are expected to pay off majorly, with the company now saying it expects to see between 230 million to 260 million subscribers to Disney+ by 2024. 

With those kinds of profits, it's no wonder they are trying to add to such a deep catalog. To learn more about all the content featured, check out the 2020 Investor Day Programming Fact Sheet.

Every project Disney announced at its 2020 investor meeting

Kareem Daniel, head of the company’s new media and entertainment distribution group, revealed that Disney+ will become home to 10 Marvel series, 10 Star Wars series, 15 Disney live-action, Disney Animation, and Pixar series and 15 Disney live-action, Disney Animation, and Pixar films.

You can read descriptions of the shows on their Twitter or in this Deadline article. Suffice it to say, it's a lot. 

'The Mandalorian'
'The Mandalorian'Credit: Lucasfilm

Lucasfilm

The next feature film in the Star Wars franchise, releasing in December 2023, will be Rogue Squadron. 

Patty Jenkins of the Wonder Woman franchise is on board to direct, and her announcement was the best of the day. It actually made me tear up. 

Here's the rest of the Lucasfilm lineup:

  • Ahsoka
  • Rangers of the New Republic
  • Andor
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi
  • The Bad Batch
  • Star Wars: Visions
  • Lando
  • The Acolyte
  • A Droid Story
  • Willow

Marvel

We are entering an unprecedented landscape post Endgame, and Marvel is looking forward to expanding its titles in film and TV. Among the fun titles is a holiday special written and directed by James Gunn. In a series directed by Kat Coiro and Anu Valia, Tatiana Maslany will star as She-Hulk, with Tim Roth returning as the Abomination, and Hulk himself, Mark Ruffalo.

Here's what else Marvel has coming:

  • WandaVision
  • The Falcon and The Winter Soldier
  • Loki
  • What If…?
  • Ms. Marvel
  • Hawkeye
  • She-Hulk
  • Moon Knight
  • Secret Invasion
  • Ironheart
  • Armor Wars
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special
  • I Am Groot

The Hulk
The HulkCredit: Marvel

Pixar

One of the more fun items of the day is that we are getting a Buzz Lightyear origin movie based on the character, not the toy. He will be voiced by Chris Evans and help Pixar's ongoing expansion of the titles they have while building out new worlds.  

Here's Pixar's slate:

  • Inside Pixar
  • Soul
  • Burrow
  • Pixar Popcorn
  • Dug Days
  • Cars
  • Win or Lose

Disney

It's hard to believe that the studio that started it all ranks fourth in its own announcements, but here we are. We are seeing Disney return to the well with sequels to popular franchises, sports stories, and reboots of their other titles. Chip and Dale was one of the more obscure and hilarious announcements. 

Look forward to the following from Disney:

  • Hocus Pocus 2
  • Three Men and a Baby
  • Safety
  • The Keanon Lowe project
  • Greek Freak
  • The Chris Paul Project
  • Flora & Ulysses
  • Cheaper by the Dozen
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  • The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild
  • Night at the Museum
  • Chip N’ Dale: Rescue Rangers
  • Pinocchio
  • Peter Pan & Wendy
  • Disenchanted
  • Sister Act 3

Walt Disney Animation Studios

Disney will continue its sheer dominance in the animation world with a slew of princess shows coming to Disney+. They'll dig back into their successful and diverse titles to produce a ton of content for families. 

  • Raya and the Last Dragon
  • Baymax
  • Zootopia+
  • Iwájú
  • Tiana
  • Moana, The Series

'Iwájú'
'Iwájú'Credit: Walt Disney Animation Studios

National Geographic

This is one of the hidden gems on Disney+. Their new flagship program comes from Will Smith and Darren Aronofsky, where Will traverses the mysteries of this planet. Sounds epic. 

  • Cousteau
  • Genius: Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Secrets of the Whales
  • A Real Bug’s Life
  • America the Beautiful
  • Limitless With Chris Hemsworth
  • Welcome to Earth (working title)

Walt Disney Television

Again, focused on rebooting old titles, Disney TV will work more in the live-action realm and take some of their beloved titles and turn them around for a new generation. 

  • The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers
  • Big Shot
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Turner & Hooch

What does it all mean? 

This covered a lot of ground, but we didn't even mention all the things on Hulu and FX that Disney technically owns and will release as well, like an Alien TV show run by Noah Hawley, and four more seasons of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Plus new seasons of Handmaid's Tale

Look, this is a huge pile of sequels, reboots, and reimaginings. I think I counted maybe ten original ideas among the bunch, if that.

I think that's kind of disheartening. Disney used to pave the way for original ideas and was the platform where you could take risks.

Still, this much content presents an immeasurable amount of jobs and opportunities. 

This is a lot to take in, and it's hard to know if all of these titles on multiple platforms will create fatigue for Star Wars and Marvel. 

The optimist inside me thinks it's great we're seeing stories expand outside one norm and enter realms that have not had equal representation. I'm excited for a new generation of voices to take on titles that I hold near and dear to my heart. 

I hope this encourages platforms all over the world to create more and trust a diverse array of creators with the keys to their kingdoms as well. 

But please make room for new stories. We need them. 

What do you think of Disney's plans? Leave us a comment.     

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I think they're going a bit overboard in this case.

December 11, 2020 at 11:43PM, Edited December 11, 11:43PM

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Jesse J. Tripp
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I think it's important to mention Lucasfilm is developing their first project that's not related to Star Wars or Indiana Jones. The Children of Blood and Bone, adapted from the novel of the same name.

December 12, 2020 at 4:34PM, Edited December 12, 4:34PM

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I thought exactly the same when I was watching their live streaming: not enough truly original content. However, it's possible that they will do more originals as they go along, since they probably want to grab as much subscribers as possible right now, so they're doing that with existing IP. We'll see...

December 14, 2020 at 1:44AM, Edited December 14, 1:44AM

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Eugenia Loli
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I boycotted Disney+ from the beginning. They have gone too far. Way, WAY too far in this case. The MCU must end. This time, FOREVER. No offense, but I was making a point. You're right. This is just too much.

January 16, 2021 at 6:32PM, Edited January 16, 6:32PM

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