When Universal made the decision to release Trolls World Tour straight to digital, it had many wondering if other new films of that size would be treated the same way. While we’ve seen many smaller projects go that route, studios have largely decided to postpone in hopes of securing the more-lucrative theatrical date. Disney continues their day of release date shuffling, and one of their biggest moves involves taking Artemis Fowl away from the big screen entirely.
Disney has decided to send Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of Artemis Fowl straight to Disney+. This is huge, but at the same time it makes the most sense. Artemis Fowl is based on the popular kid-friendly fantasy series about a boy genius/supervillain on a magical quest to restore his family name. Hoped to be the next Harry Potter-esque franchise, it should make an easy transition to Disney+ where they’ve been sending all-ages stuff, anyway. No release date has been set as of now.
Fox Searchlight, now under the Disney umbrella, isn’t exempt from all of these maneuverings. Fortunately, fans of Wes Anderson will only have to wait a few more months for The French Dispatch, which has moved from July 24th to October 16th 2020.
Meanwhile, Disney has still left The New Mutants undated. Is there any doubt they’ll send it to streaming now? Also without a release date are Antlers, The Personal History of David Copperfield, and The Woman in the Window.