According to reports, the relationship between Disney and DreamWorks SKG will be coming to an end.
According to the report, the box office of Jurassic World was the catalyst for the deal’s end as Spielberg gained an upper hand in the deal. DreamWorks’ deal with the Walt Disney Co. expires in August 2016, supposedly making Spielberg’s adaptation of The BFG, a novel by Roald Dahl, the last film to be released under the Disney deal. The BFG is currently set to debut July 1, 2016.
Though there are other projects currently near or in production at DreamWorks under the Disney deal, they will most likely be released in conjunction with the new partner. DreamWorks is currently filming Lasse Hallstrom’s A Dog’s Purpose and The Girl on the Train, directed by Tate Taylor (The Help) and starring Emily Blunt and is set for a 2016 release. Ghost in the Shell with Scarlett Johansson starring is slated for debut in March 2017 and will be distributed overseas by Paramount.
Spielberg has maintained offices at Universal (his likely new home for DreamWorks) even when DreamWorks films’ were distributed through Paramount and Disney. He is also an essential part to any future dinosaur movies, the next one dated for a June 2018 release, as well as reboots of Jaws and Back to the Future. Though Universal and DreamWorks have made no official statements or comments to the press it is a wide held consensus that Universal will be Spielberg’s new home.
Steven Spielberg’s next film Bridge of Spies, a Cold War thriller starring Tom Hanks, will debut October 16 of this year. Spielberg has also committed to direct Ready Player One for Warner Bros.