All the Exciting New — and Beloved Old — Movies Coming to Disney's Streaming Service
Disney's upcoming streaming platform, Disney+, is coming straight out the gate with a veritable treasure trove of exciting content to lure you over from Netflix and Hulu. In addition to TV shows about Marvel favorites like Loki and Falcon, the service is adding some exclusive movies to its ever-growing list of titles. Some of them will be old favorites — Disney's entire catalog — while others will be fresh from the studio. If you're wondering when, exactly, you'll be able to check them out, keep reading.
A Reboot of Home Alone
Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal! During a conference call in August, Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed that the company would be "reimagining" the 1990 comedy for Disney+. There's no word on whether or not original star Macaulay Culkin will make a cameo.
A Reboot of Night at the Museum
In addition to Home Alone, Iger revealed that Night at the Museum will be receiving a reboot on the new streaming service as well. In the original film, which bowed in 2006, Ben Stiller plays an overnight security guard at a museum that just so happens to have exhibits that come to life when the sun goes down.
A Reboot of Diary of a Wimpy Kid
The first film adaptation of the beloved children's book hit theaters in 2010 and starred Chloe Moretz, Zachary Gordon, and Robert Capron. Now the series is getting a reboot on Disney+! We can't wait to see which up-and-coming star gets the lead.
A Reboot of Cheaper by the Dozen
The 2003 family comedy starring Steve Martin, Bonnie Hunt, and Hilary Duff is also on Disney+'s long list of planned reboots.
The Lady and the Tramp Reboot
The pups of Lady and the Tramp are finding love once again, and the best part is, you don't have to dust off those old VHS tapes to experience it! The Hollywood Reporter shared in March 2018 that Disney is rebooting the Lady and the Tramp love story of our childhood in a live-action remake.
Charlie Bean will direct the live-action-CGI hybrid reboot of the 1955 classic movie following the success of his Lego Ninjago Movie, while Tessa Thompson stars as Lady and Justin Theroux as Tramp. The film will be available on the first day of the streaming service's launch on Nov. 12, 2019.
Jerry Spinelli's beloved 2000 novel about a quirky young girl's journey through her uptight new high school is being adapted for the big screen (well, technically the small screen since it's Disney+, right?). Musician Grace VanderWaal is playing the titular character with Julia Hart directing and Kristin Hahn penning the script. Filming took place in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and it's expected to arrive at some point in 2020.
Director Marc Lawrence's Christmas movie Noelle was originally slated to premiere in theaters, but now it will be making its festive debut on Disney+. The film follows Santa's daughter, Nicole Claus (played by Pitch Perfect alum Anna Kendrick), who's sent on a mission to track down her brother Nick when he disappears before she can take on the family business. Bill Hader, Billy Eichner, and Shirley MacLaine will costar in the film, which has a tentative release date of Winter 2019.
Are you ready to be inspired? Because based-on-a-true-story Togo seems to promise just that. The upcoming drama directed by Ericson Core and starring Willem Dafoe is described as following "two key figures in the 1925 serum run to Nome, also known as the Great Race of Mercy, in which dog-sled teams relayed to transport diphtheria antitoxin serum through harsh conditions over nearly 700 miles to save the Alaskan town of Nome from an epidemic."
Dafoe will play Leonhard Seppala, the owner of sled dog Togo, who together traversed the most dangerous part of their journey (which included enduring temperatures of 30 degrees below zero in gale-force winds). The studio hasn't announced a release date as of May 2019, but we'll keep an eye out for you.
Tom McCarthy is at the helm of this family-friendly adventure film adapted from the kids' books of the same name. Disney Channel alum Winslow Fegley will star as an 11-year old boy who runs a detective agency, Total Failures, in town with the help of his best friend (who just so happens to be an imaginary 1,200-pound polar bear). Craig Robinson and Ophelia Lovibond will costar. A release date is still TBD, but Disney revealed in a tweet that it will premiere within the first year of Disney+'s launch.
Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame, and Other Marvel Films
Well, we all knew this day would come: Disney is going to start holding its Marvel titles back from Netflix starting with Captain Marvel. The studio will now reserve MCU films for its own streaming platform, which makes sense considering it will also house a Marvel TV series. Captain Marvel will be available on Disney+ the day the streaming service launches (Nov. 12), and we can expect other MCU movies to trickle in not long after.
All the Star Wars Films
All of the films in the Star Wars franchise — yes, all of them! — will roll out within the first year that Disney+ launches. That means everything from Star Wars: The Last Jedi to all those prequels you wish never existed in the first place, will be available for repeat viewings.
Bo Peep and Forky's Brand-New Toy Story 4 Shorts
Toy Story 4 opened in theaters on June 21, but that isn't the last glimpse of the characters you'll have. When the service launches in November, we'll all be treated to some shiny new Pixar shorts starring Bo Peep and Forky. Bo Peep's short film is titled Lamp Life, while Forky will appear in a series of Pixar shorts called Forky Asks a Question. As for the movie itself, you can expect it to premiere on Disney+ within the first year of the service's launch.
All of Pixar Theatrical Shorts
Can't get enough Bao? In the mood to rewatch Lava or Piper? You're in luck: Pixar's theatrical shorts will be on Disney+ at its launch!
Disney's Signature Collection
The entire Signature Collection will be available on the first day of launch, so mark off a few weekends to watch classics like The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast (the original), Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and more!
Disney announced that we should all "keep streaming, streaming, streaming" because all Pixar films will be available on the service within the first year of launch. (Fingers crossed they add Moana and Finding Nemo immediately.)
Free Solo and National Geographic Content
More than 250 hours of content from National Geographic will be included in the streaming service, as well as Academy Award-winning documentary Free Solo.
The Phineas and Ferb Movie
Make room in your life for some more animated fun, because the famed stepbrother inventors will rescue their sister from an alien abduction in The Phineas and Ferb Movie. The film is expected to premiere in 2020.
Disney Channel Original Movies
Zetus-Lapetus Cetus-Lupeedus! In addition to over 5,000 episodes of popular Disney Channel shows, Disney+ will have 100 Disney Channel Original Movies available to stream the day Disney+ launches. (Yep, that includes Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century!)
Aladdin, Frozen 2, and Other New Releases
Like the MCU films, Disney+ will be the exclusive streaming home of all Walt Disney Studios releases beginning in 2019. That means the live-action Aladdin and The Lion King reboots will eventually find a home there (likely in 2020), as well as Frozen 2 and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.
The New Mutants (Maybe)
There's a chance that director Josh Boone's The New Mutants, a horror film set in the X-Men universe, could land on Disney+. The film has been plagued by delays and reshoots, moving release dates multiple times (it was originally set to hit theaters in April 2018, then pushed to February 2019, and now it's at August 2). Given how tumultuous the journey to getting it to the big screen has been, no wonder rumors are swirling about it premiering on Disney+.