Disney has made a couple of significant release date shifts in its upcoming calendar, one of which could mean that 2014 will pass entirely without a new Pixar movie. Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur, which just recently saw director Bob Peterson removed from the project, has been moved off its May 30, 2014 date and pushed over a year and a half to November 25, 2015. This is a massive change and, barring another move from Pixar, could mean that 2014 will be the first year since 2005 without a new Pixar movie. This isn’t an altogether surprising move, since The Good Dinosaur only just lost its director this summer with only nine months to go before the film’s planned release. The pic still doesn’t have a firm replacement director, but now Pixar can comfortably move forward without the stress and rush of getting TGD into theaters in a matter of months.
Hit the jump for more release date shift news, including Finding Dory and Maleficent. [Update: Disney has also announced that The Fifth Estate will now open on October 18th wide and the sports drama McFarland has been dated for November 21, 2014.]
With The Good Dinosaur shifting to 2015, there is currently no Pixar movie scheduled for 2014. Andrew Stanton’s sequel Finding Dory had been scheduled for November 25, 2015 but will now open in theaters on June 17, 2016 to make way for The Good Dinosaur. Pete Docter’s (Up) original Pixar pic Inside Out is currently the next scheduled Pixar release, with an opening date of June 19, 2015 slated. It’s possible that Pixar could move this one up to November 2014 to fill the gap left by Good Dinosaur, but without knowing how far along the project is, the odds of that happening are unclear.
Disney is making another move in the wake of The Good Dinosaur’s delay, as the Angelina Jolie-fronted villain story Maleficent will now take over the Pixar film’s original release date of May 30, 2014 instead of facing Transformers 4 and the World Cup on July 2nd.