How the ‘Pete the Great’ movie came to be — with a sequel
PETE THE GREAT has been around for decades and is a household name.
But a sequel to his 2002 film that was supposed to be released in 2017 has been delayed, as Disney continues to fight the rights to the film.
The studio announced in a statement Monday that the movie will finally be released on December 9, 2021.
That means it won’t hit theaters until 2020 at the earliest.
A spokesperson for the studio did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The original film was made by the same team behind Disney’s “Frozen,” which won Best Animated Feature at the 2018 Oscars.
The sequel was a hit and earned a Best Picture Oscar nomination.
But the studio’s new deal with the “Pete” team to make a sequel has drawn criticism.
One fan tweeted: It will be a great movie, but this one is just a sequel of an old movie.
The fans backlash came after Disney announced last month that it was seeking to renegotiate the deal to make the movie a “sequel.”
Disney says it would only allow a film with a “significant” financial impact to be considered for a sequel.
The new deal was reached last month, but a date for a release date has yet to be set.
The movie’s production company, Legendary Entertainment, said it hopes to release the sequel by the end of 2021.