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Disney Delays Jungle Cruise, Moves Up Mary Poppins Returns

Disney Delays Jungle Cruise, Moves Up Mary Poppins Returns

A Marvel movie on July 30, 2021, moves to February 12, 2021 (a date the studio already had penned for an untitled Disney live-action film), while an untitled Disney live-action title for July 9, 2021, heads to July 30 that year.

First published July 10, 2018 at 10:17 a.m. PT. Update, 10:32 a.m. PT: Adds additional release schedule information. Much more to come on this one, so just stay tuned.

Ford's most recent movie appearances were in last year's "Blade Runner 2049" and "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" when he reprised his role as swash-buckling adventurer Han Solo.

The shakeup extends to a number of Disney films scheduled through 2021, including Mary Poppins Returns flying up to December 19 this year from December 25; Jungle Cruise sailing onto an October 11, 2019 release date; and Maleficent 2 being conjured into theaters on May 29, 2020.

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While director Steven Spielberg remains on board, screenwriter David Koepp departed to direct his own project, so Jonathan Kasdan (son of legendary Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Empire Strikes Back scribe Lawrence Kasdan) has stepped in to work on a new draft of the screenplay.

This move also marks the second time that the fifth Indiana Jones movie has been delayed. Is a man approaching 80 really going to convincingly be able to go on a world-spanning, bare-knuckle-brawling adventure?

"Indiana Jones is one of the greatest heroes in cinematic history, and we can't wait to bring him back to the screen", said Disney chairman Alan Horn in a statement when the project was first announced in 2016.