The Biggest Disney+ News Stories From October 2020

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There’s plenty to look forward to in November but let’s take a step back and review some of the biggest announcements from Disney+ during the month of October.


‘Turner & Hooch’ Disney+ Series Adds Another Director

The “Turner & Hooch” Disney+ reboot series has tapped actor/director Robert Duncan McNeill to work behind the camera.  McNeill is best known for his role as Lieutenant Tom Paris on “Star Trek: Voyager.” He’s also directed episodes of “Dawson’s Creek,” “Chuck,” and “The Orville.”


Lovecraft Country Composer to Score Marvel’s ‘What If…?’ Series

Variety has revealed that composer, Laura Karpman will score the new Marvel animated series “What If…?” for Disney+.  Karpman is known for her work on many projects including “Lovecraft Country” and “L.A.’s Finest.” Read More.


Disney+ Launches New Sharing Feature

Disney+ has introduced a new sharing feature just in time for Friday’s premiere of “The Mandalorian” Season 2.

On a mobile device,  the new sharing capability gives subscribers the ability to easily share Disney+ content with friends and family via messenger apps or out to social platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, and more. Read More.


Mohamed Diab to Direct ‘Moon Knight’ Series for Disney+

It was revealed that Oscar Isaac is reportedly in talks to play the titular role in the new Marvel series “Moon Knight” for Disney+.  Isaac is best known for his role as Resistance fighter Poe Dameron in the new Star Wars trilogy and has also appeared in “X-Men: Apocalypse.”  He is also known for starring in the Coen brothers film “Inside Llewyn Davis,” which earned him a Golden Globe nomination in 2014. Read More.


Bette Midler Confirms Original Cast Will Return for ‘Hocus Pocus 2’

Last October, Walt Disney Studios announced they were working on a “Hocus Pocus” sequel for Disney+.  Since then, there were many reports that Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimi were in talks to reprise their roles as the Sanderson sisters in the sequel. Read More.


Disney+ ‘Hawkeye’ Series to Film at Tyler Perry Studios

Production for the new Disney+ “Hawkeye” series is set to begin soon and Murphy’s Multiverse is reporting that Marvel Studios will be using Tyler Perry’s Atlanta studios when it begins filming later this year.  The article states that pre-production on the series has already started and the studio is currently looking at a post-Thanksgiving start of filming. Read More.


OSCAR ISAAC CAST IN MARVEL’S ‘MOON KNIGHT’ SERIES FOR DISNEY+

Oscar Isaac is reportedly in talks to star in the new Marvel series “Moon Knight” for Disney+.

Isaac is best known for his role as Resistance fighter Poe Dameron in the new Star Wars trilogy and has also appeared in “X-Men: Apocalypse.”  He is also known for starring in the Coen brothers film “Inside Llewyn Davis,” which earned him a Golden Globe nomination in 2014. Read More.


MARVEL’S ‘SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS’ WRAPS FILMING

Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has officially finished filming.  Director Destin Daniel Cretton shared the news on his Instagram account. Read More.


SONY CONFIRMS DISNEY+ APP COMING TO PS5

Sony has officially confirmed that Disney+ will be available on the upcoming PlayStation 5 when it launches on November 12, 2020. Read More.


GROUPWATCH EXPANDS TO EUROPE

GroupWatch has completed its international rollout and has expanded to the UK and Ireland in addition to other European countries. Read More.


DISNEY+ ORIGINAL MOVIE ‘SNEAKERELLA’ NOW IN PRODUCTION

alented up-and-coming actors Chosen Jacobs (“It”) and Lexi Underwood (“Little Fires Everywhere”) will star alongside four-time NBA Champion John Salley in the new Disney+ original movie, “Sneakerella.” Now in production, the pop/hip-hop musical leaves a sneaker culture imprint on the “Cinderella” fairy tale. Jane Startz (“Ella Enchanted”) and Rachel Watanabe-Batton (“I Pity the Fool”) serve as executive producers, with co-executive producer Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum (“Ramona and Beezus”) who will also direct the film. Read More.


DISNEY RELEASES TEASER TRAILER FOR ‘RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON’

Disney released the teaser trailer for “Raya and the Last Dragon” which hits theaters in theaters March 2021. Read More.


JON M. CHU TO DIRECT LUCASFILM’S “WILLOW” SERIES FOR DISNEY+

The magical world of George Lucas’ “Willow,” the epic fantasy adventure set in an age of swords, sorcery, myths and monsters, will be returning in a Disney+ series slated to begin production next year. Read More.


‘DIARY OF A FUTURE PRESIDENT’ SEASON 2 BEGINS FILMING

Filming for the sophomore season of “Diary of a Future President” is officially underway!  The second season of the series was announced shortly after the first season concluded on Disney+, however, production was delayed for several months due to the pandemic. Read More.


‘CLOUDS’ HITS NO. 1 ON ITUNES AFTER RELEASE OF DISNEY+ ORIGINAL MOVIE ‘CLOUDS’

The song that inspired the Disney+ original movie “Clouds” soared again to the No. 1 spot on iTunes, just two days after the release of the movie on Disney+.  Zach Sobiech’s single “Clouds” first reached the top of the charts in 2013 and the YouTube video that sparked the viral sensation had been viewed 4 million times. The video is now up to over 15 million views. The iTunes ranking is based on downloads of the song which benefit “Zach’s Movement” to find a cure for osteosarcoma. The movie “Clouds” is now streaming on Disney+. Read More.


DISNEY’S LIVE-ACTION ‘CHIP ‘N DALE: RESCUE RANGERS’ FILM TO ARRIVE ON DISNEY+

Awhile back, Disney revealed it was working on a live-action adaptation of Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers.  Not many details were released at the time, but now we are starting to get a little more information on the live-action/CGI hybrid film based on the 90’s animated series. Read More.


“INSIDE PIXAR” COMING SOON TO DISNEY+

Disney has announced a new behind-the-scenes documentary series will be coming to Disney+ on November 13, 2020. Read More.


NOELLE UK DISNEY+ RELEASE DATE REVEALED

When Disney+ first launched in November 2019, the Disney+ original movie, Noelle was a huge hit with subscribers. When Disney+ expanded to the UK in March 2020, Noelle was noticeably missing and still is as of today. Read More.

FIRST LOOK AT DISNEY+ ‘BLACK BEAUTY’ AND RELEASE DATE REVEALED

ET Online has shared a first look at the new “Black Beauty” adaptation coming to Disney+.  The new film is based on Anna Sewell’s classic 19th century novel and is directed by Ashley Avis (“Adolescence”). Read More.


ISNEY+ TO PREMIERE DOCUMENTARY SPECIAL ‘THE REAL RIGHT STUFF’ ON NOV. 20

Nearly six decades after NASA successfully sent its first astronaut into space, restoring the world’s faith in the U.S. space program, Disney+ ventures back to the very beginning of the high-stakes space race era with the premiere of “The Real Right Stuff” on Friday, Nov. 20. Read More.


THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY ANNOUNCES VIRTUAL INVESTOR DAY IN DECEMBER

The Walt Disney Company has announced that it will hold a virtual Investor Day on December 10, 2020.  During this event, the company will present “further details of its direct-to-consumer strategies.” Read More.


DISNEY REORGANIZES MEDIA AND ENTERTAINMENT, FOCUSES ON STREAMING

Today, The Walt Disney Company announced a broad structural reorganization of its media and entertainment businesses.  Under this new structure, the company will be focusing on developing and producing original content for their streaming services, which include Disney Plus, Hulu and ESPN Plus. Read More.


SPACE MOUNTAIN MOVIE IN DEVELOPMENT AT DISNEY

Disney is reportedly working on a new movie based on another beloved theme park attraction, Space Mountain.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, Joby Harold is already attached to write the script, who has worked a range of movies from Zack Snyder’s upcoming Army of the Dead to Warner’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, and most recently the upcoming Star Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi series for Disney+. Harold will also produce the live-action adaptation with partner and wife Tory Tunnell and their Safehouse Pictures banner. Also producing is Rideback, run by Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich and was behind Disney’s billion dollar-grossing Aladdin. Read More.

PIXAR SPARKSHORTS “BURROW” COMING TO DISNEY+

Disney confirmed earlier this month that Pixar’s latest Sparkshort “Burrow” would be released ahead of “Soul”.

Now that “Soul” will be coming exclusively to Disney+ on Christmas day and skipping a theatrical release, Pixar SparkShorts producer David Lally confirmed that “Burrow” will be available on Disney+ on the same day. Read More.


EWAN MCGREGOR CONFIRMS WHEN OBI-WAN KENOBI SERIES BEGINS FILMING

During a recent interview on the “Graham Norton Show”, Ewan McGregor provided an update on the upcoming Star Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney+ series. Read More.


PIXAR’S SOUL COMING EXCLUSIVELY TO DISNEY+

The Walt Disney Company announced today that “Soul,” the all-new original feature from Pixar Animation Studios, will debut exclusively on Disney+ on December 25, 2020. In international markets where Disney+ isn’t currently or soon to be available, “Soul” will be released theatrically, with dates to be announced. Read More.


NEW DETAILS ON THE DISNEY+ ANIMATED MOVIE ‘NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: KAHMUNRAH RISES AGAIN’

Disney+ is currently working on a new Night At The Museum animated film and The DisInsider has shared some new details about the project.

First off, they are reporting that the film is tentatively titled Night At The Museum: Kahmunrah Rises Again. Casting on the project is already underway and is expected to start production on November 2nd in Los Angeles, California. Read More.


‘HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: THE MUSICAL: THE HOLIDAY SPECIAL’ IS COMING TO DISNEY+

Disney+ has just announced a 45-minute special, “High School Musical: The Musical: The Holiday Special,” coming to the streaming service on Friday, December 11th.  This new special will see the cast of “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” perform their favorite Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s songs and share their fondest holiday memories.  It will also feature a sneak peek performance from the highly anticipated second season of the popular series. Read More.


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