The Disney contract continues into 2017 bringing the biggest Disney, Marvel, Pixar and Star Wars content to Netflix soon after their theatrical release. In conjunction with our other big 2017 previews, we’re now going to go through the upcoming releases and give you a realistic release schedule of what to expect from Netflix in 2017.
To catch those up who are unaware of the Disney contract, the deal was struck in 2014 and began in September 2016. It detailed plans to bring the latest theatrical releases to Netflix soon after their DVD release and would cover the entire Disney new releases including Marvel and Star Wars titles.
Just before we cover what’s coming to Netflix from Disney in 2017, let’s quickly reflect on the Disney titles that are currently on Netflix from this contract. Here’s what’s come so far in order of release.
- The Finest Hours
- The Jungle Book
- Captain America: Civil War (25th December 2016)
2017 Releases (Up to May 2017)
- Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass – Released January 11th, 2017
- Finding Dory – Released February 1st, 2017
- Pete’s Dragon – Released March 14th, 2017
- The BFG – Released April 6th, 2017
- Queen of Katwe – Released April 25th, 2017
Disney Picture/Pixar Movies Coming to Netflix in 2017
Theatrical Release: November 23rd, 2016
Expected Netflix Release Date: June 2017
Moana is Disney’s big animation release of 2016, and early reports suggest it’s one of Disney’s best in recent years (second to Frozen of course). It features the voice talent of Dwayne Johnson, Auli’i Cravalho, Rachel House, Nicole Scherzinger and Alan Tudyk. It was Disney’s big bet of the year and indications are that it paid off with it grossing $179 million.
Beauty and the Beast (Live Action)
Theatrical Release: March 17th, 2017
Expected Netflix Release Date: October/November 2017
The last movie to fit in 2017 of the currently announced Disney movies for 2017 will be Beauty and the Beast with Cars 3 and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tales being pushed back to 2018. The modern live-action adaptation of the animated classic will be starring Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as The Beast.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (Live Action)
Theatrical Release: May 25th, 2017
Expected Netflix Release Date: December 2017
The fifth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is due in the next month in cinemas and with it, we’ll see the return of Johnny Depp reprising his role as Captain Jack Sparrow. The movie is apparently a throwback to the first movie in the franchise which released 14 years ago! It may be a bit of a push to expect the latest Pirates to arrive before the end of the year but if it’s not in December it’ll be soon thereafter.
Other Disney Movies Expected
- Dangal (Theatrical: December 23rd, 2016 – Expected Netflix Release Date: July 2017)
- Born in China (Theatrical: April 21st, 2017 – Expected Netflix Release Date: December 2017)
On the next page, we’ll cover the Marvel and Star Wars titles coming to Netflix in 2017.