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The Jungle Book directed by Jon Favreau will be the second live-action Disney film adapted from one of the studio's classic animations. Image ©© 2014 - Walt Disney Studios

Disney Releases Upcoming Movie Dates for the Next 2 Years

If you like to plan ahead, Walt Disney Studios just made your life a whole lot easier. Tech Insider reports the moviemaking company has released their upcoming schedule for the next TWO years.

This year the Dreamworks division releases Bridge of Spies on October 16. The dramatic thriller stars Tom Hanks as a Brooklyn lawyer who is thrust into the task of negotiating the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. The film is directed by Steven Spielberg with a screenplay by Matt Charman and Ethan and Joel Coen.

Younger audiences can look forward to the Disney/Pixar animation The Good Dinosaur. This story explores what might have happened if dinosaurs weren’t rendered extinct by an asteroid. Could humans and dinos really be friends? The film opens in theaters November 25.

Star War fans are counting down the days until Lucasfilm brings Star Wars: The Force Awakens to theaters on December 18. This reboot of the franchise stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher alongside newcomers Daisy Ridley and John Boyega. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams.

The new year begins with Chris Pine, Eric Bana and Casey Affleck starring in The Finest Hours. Set in 1952, the film is based on the daring rescue efforts off the Cape Cod coast after the destruction of two oil tankers. The film comes to theaters January 29, 2016.

Jason Bateman voices a fast-talking fox who is on the run after being accused of a crime he didn’t commit in the animated movie Zootopia. The film also stars the voice talents of Ginnifer Goodwin, Alan Tudyk and Katie Lowes. The film opens March 4, 2016.

Disney’s second live-action adaptation of a classic animation comes to theaters April 15, 2016. Directed by Jon Favreau, The Jungle Book stars the voice talents of Ben Kingsley, Lupita Nyong’o, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson and Christopher Walken.

Captain America: Civil War picks up where The Avengers: Age of Ultron left off. An incident results in a clash between Iron Man and Captain America that tears the team apart. The film comes to theaters May 6, 2016.

Alice Through the Looking Glass is a sequel to Tim Burton’s 2010 movie Alice in Wonderland. Mia Wasikowska and Johnny Depp will reprise their roles as Alice and the Mad Hatter. In this story, Alice travels back in time meeting the characters’ younger selves and discovers the Hatter’s secret. The movie releases May 27, 2016.

Daytime TV host Ellen DeGeneres is back for the sequel to Finding Nemo. In the movie Finding Dory, the colorful little fish goes on a journey to discover her past. Ed O’Neil and Ty Burrell join the cast as new characters in the animation that releases June 17, 2016.

Roald Dahl’s children’s classic story The BFG will get a screen treatment by Steven Spielberg in an upcoming adaptation. Bill Hader (Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Inside Out) will star as the giant. Newcomer Ruby Barnhill will play Sophie. The film is set to release on July 1, 2016, 100 years since Dahl’s birth in Llandaff, Wales.

After starring alongside Chris Pratt in Jurassic World, Bryce Dallas Howard will share the screen with Wes Bentley in the 2016 remake of the 1977 movie Pete’s Dragon. The film will release August 12, 2016.

Benedict Cumberbatch will trade in his sleuthing skills to play the role of Dr. Stephen Strange in the Marvel movie “Doctor Strange. He plays a failed surgeon who is given a second chance when a sorcerer takes him under his wings. Watch for this film on October 26, 2016.

Disney’s 56th animated movie Moana comes to the big screen on November 23, 2016. The film stars Dwayne Johnson as the demi-god Maui who joins a young teen on an adventure to find a fabled island.

Almost a year to the day after Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes to theaters, the spin-off Rogue One releases on December 16, 2016. The script follows a group of rebels who try to steal the plans for the Death Star. The film stars Felicity Jones, Ben Mendelsohn and Forrest Whitaker.

The year 2017 starts off with the live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. Emma Watson stars as Belle and Dan Stevens will play the Beast. The film, based on the animated classic, releases March 17 and stars Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Luke Evans as Gaston and Ewan McGregor as Lumiere.

Chris Pratt is expected to return for the sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 set to release on May 5, 2017. While story details are scanty, it is rumored the identity of Star Lord’s father will be revealed in this film.

An eighth (yes that is 8th) installment of Star Wars is set to release May 26, 2017. Rian Johnson will direct the yet unnamed movie.

Toy Story 4 will come to the big screen under the direction of John Lasseter. The film will feature a love story between Woody and Bo Peep and will release on June 16, 2017.

Scheduled to open in theaters on July 7, 2017, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales stars Johnny Depp in his title role as Captain Jack Sparrow. In this story a down-on-his-luck Sparrow faces his old nemesis Captain Salazar and a ghost ship full of dead pirates.

More details about the movies mentioned in this post…

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Another tale from a (familiar) galaxy far, far away...

Zootopia

Zootopia

Clever as a fox - Quick as a bunny.

The BFG

The BFG

You can't judge a giant by his size.

Pete’s Dragon (2016)

Pete’s Dragon (2016)

Everybody needs a friend.

Inside Out

Inside Out

Emotions can sometimes get the better of you.

Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange

A second chance to heal mankind.

Moana

Moana

This Disney animation sets sail in the South Pacific.

Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Disney's animation comes to life.

Bridge of Spies

Bridge of Spies

An unsuspecting lawyer becomes the bridge between American and Soviet relations in a tense situation during the Cold War.

Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo

Pete’s Dragon

Pete’s Dragon

A big friend can get you into some big trouble.

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

The Good Dinosaur

The Good Dinosaur

Best friends can come in any shape or size.

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

The story picks up 30 years after the return of the Jedi.

The Finest Hours

The Finest Hours

Neither wind, nor snow, nor sleet, nor hail can stop the Coast Guard.

Captain America: Civil War

Captain America: Civil War

Captain America verses Iron Man

The Jungle Book (2016)

The Jungle Book (2016)

The jungle animals come to life in this live-action remake of Disney's classic animation.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron

The Avengers: Age of Ultron

The Avengers unite to face the ultimate force of Ultron.

Jurassic World

Jurassic World

Didn't anyone learn anything from past mistakes?

Finding Dory

Finding Dory

Dory feels lost without her family.

Alice In Wonderland

Alice In Wonderland