Rumor: Disney Planning A Marvel Animated Movie. Maybe. Whispers Say. Walls Talks.

Man! Sometimes corporations eating one another and defecating cross-platform synergy lessons can be awesome. That is, provided this rumor is true.


[When]  I chatted  with Marvel Studios head / Producer  Kevin Feige  on the set of  The Avengers  in June 2011,he called the prospect a “no-brainer” while again quashing the possibility of Pixar’s involvement:

“Well, I think the notion of an animated movie based off of a Marvel property is a no-brainer and it’s something that we’ve been talking about. You know, Lasseter is now both Pixar and Walt Disney animation. So, you know, I don’t where, whatever project would fall where necessarily. And frankly, Pixar is all about original properties and original ideas, but an animated version of one of our characters, one of our 8,000-plus characters would seem to be something that could happen at some point.”

And now the rumor mill is back at it, and the chatter centers on Animation filmmaker Don Hall’s secret project.

For those of you who don’t follow the Animation industry closely, Hall has been a staple at Walt Disney Animation for the last decade. He was a writer and story artist on Disney’s  Tarzan  and  The Emperor’s New Grove, he worked as a character designer on  Chicken Little, a writer on  Meet the Robinsons, a writer/story supervisor on  The Princess and the Frog, and finally made his directorial debut with the 2011 film  Winnie The Pooh  (which he also wrote).

In July,  Blue Sky Disney  was the first to report on his next project:

That project, once announced will generate a lot of buzz in certain geek communities, as it’s going to surprise a lot of people for what it is and what it’s not. But it’s in the very early embryonic stage and it depends on how well the project is received upon the presentation that is being prepared for John [Lasster] and Ed [Catmull].

We didn’t connect the dots at the time, but its now rumored that the project might be connected to the Marvel Universe. Last week  Blue Sky  teased the secret project yet again:

The projects competing for 2014/2015 are the uber-secret film from Don Hall, which will be a marvelously unexpected project if it ever gets the green light, and Nathan Greno and Byron Howard’s films which are deep in development.

Notice the phrasing of “marvelously”, which isn’t a coincidence. Thanks to  BleedingCoolfor bringing this to our attention. It would be easy to write off speculation from a Disney fan site, but Blue Sky has some deep ties in the Disney animation world and has been at the forefront of some big animation scoops in past years.

It does seem…a pretty goddamn obvious move, doesn’t it? Any guesses on what property/properties it would be?