It's not uncommon for projects to get shelved, even if they've begun production. What is unusual, however, is a high-profile Disney movie getting shelved when it's been already been pimped out at D23, which is exactly what's happened to Gigantic.
Come with us now on a journey way, way back to the far off land of 2015. It's D23 and there was a whole panel where Disney formally announced their upcoming project, Gigantic. It was to be directed by Nathan Greno (Tangled), written by Meg LeFauve (Inside Out) and have music by regular duo Robert Lopez and Kirsten Anderson-Lopez (the duo behind Frozen's music). As you can see, they were ready to set this ship sailing with a killer crew.
The movie was to be set in Spain during the Age of Exploration, somewhere around the 1500s, give or take a century. A new take on the Jack and the Bean Stalk tale, we'd find our young hero climbing into the clouds faced with a 60 foot 11-year-old girl and her world of giants. That's right, no classic castle with a singing harp or golden egg-laying goose - a whole world of giants. Including the villainous Storm Giants.
As cool as this fresh take on the classic tale sounds, it was sadly put on the dreaded shelf by Disney Animation bosses John Lasseter and Ed Catmull. In a statement, Catmull said to The Hollywood Reporter "It’s impossible to know when we begin a project how the creative process will unfold, and sometimes, no matter how much we love an idea or how much heart goes into it, we find that it just isn’t working. With Gigantic, we’ve come to that point, and although it’s a difficult decision, we are ending active development for now. We are focusing our energies on another project that has been in the works, which we’ll be sharing more about soon, now set for Thanksgiving 2020."
So, alas, it's doubtful that Gigantic will ever see the light of day. But, as Catmull said, they do have more projects and plans for animated movies in the near future (if you call three years near). The next film will reportedly be an original film, which already gets me pretty excited. Hopefully they can get that stellar team back together.
Disney's next animated release is the sequel Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 on 30th November 2018, which I'm super hyped to see. The first one was so good, I have high hopes for the sequel.