Disney is in the midst of rearranging some of their upcoming theatrical releases due to the current SAG-AFTRA strike. As part of these changes, Pixar’s upcoming film Elio will now be delayed over a year, with a new release date of June 13, 2025 (the original release date was March 1, 2024).
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Disney’s Bob Iger and other Hollywood CEOs told SAG-AFTRA earlier this week that the deadline to salvage their 2024 theatrical slates is all but upon them.”
Elio was first announced during the D23 Expo in 2022, with director Adrian Molina taking the stage alongside producer Mary Alice Drumm.
The film’s synopsis follows the story of 11-year-old dreamer Elio is artistic, creative, and an avid indoors man who finds it hard to fit in. Meanwhile, Mom Olga, who runs a top-secret military project, is working to decode a strange signal from outer space. But it’s Elio who makes contact, gets beamed into space, and is subsequently mistaken for an intergalactic Ambassador for Earth.
WHAT ABOUT ‘INSIDE OUT 2’?
What will the theatrical re-arranging have in store for Inside Out 2? Will the sequel release date (scheduled for June 14, 2024) remain, or could it be shuffled to 2025? Is three months of additional time (from March to June) enough to accommodate the delays due to the writer and actor strike?
If Pixar moves both these films out of the 2024 release lineup, it will be the first time since 2014 that Pixar has not released a feature-length film. Inside Out 2 is written by Meg LaFauve, Directed by Kelsey Mann, and Produced by Mark Nielsen.