Producers with enough clout to decide to dump the Disney ship are not very many in the world, but Steven Spielberg is one of them. After the very successful outing of Jurassic World earlier in the year, reports coming in suggest that the Hollywood Juggernaut may be leaving Disney when Dreamworks’ current distribution deal with the studio expires next year.
According to THR, The BFG, a film directed by Spielberg and based on the Roald Dahl book which is due to hit cinemas on July 1, 2016, will be the last film released under the Disney deal which was signed in 2009.
The general belief is that Spielberg is very likely to return to Universal, a place where he has maintained his offices, even while Dreamworks distributed its films through Paramount and then Disney. No official word yet, but it seems those at Universal are very open to the deal. According to an anonymous source close to the situation, “the studio (Universal) would welcome the chance to be DreamWorks’ distribution partner”, but all such talks may be premature.
Wherever it turns out Dreamworks pitches its tent, one thing is for sure, the studio will continue its impressive run of movies, with such movies as Lasse Hallstrom’s A Dog’s Purpose, The Girl on the Train, with Tate Taylor and Ghost in the Shell, starring Scarlett Johansson, which is dated for March 2017 in the works.