According to a recent write-up in Variety, Walt Disney Studios has pulled the upcoming Jonathan Majors-led film Magazine Dreams from its release calendar. The film, which was initially slated to premiere on December 8, is currently in limbo as a number of major studios reconfigure their release schedules. While Disney did not provide the public with an explicit reason for pulling the film, it can be reasonably assumed that the studio has taken this action in response to Majors’ ongoing legal troubles.
Magazine Dreams, Jonathan Majors’s next film, has been pulled from Disney’s release schedule completely.
Just days after it was announced that Paramount would be shifting their entire release schedule back by a number of months, notably impacting franchise films such as Mission Impossible 8 and A Quiet Place: Day One, Disney has followed suit with a number of schedule changes. While most of these calendar adjustments can be attributed to the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, which shut down production for most Hollywood films throughout the last six months, Magazine Dreams has a controversy all its own. The film’s star, Jonathan Majors, best known for portraying Kang The Conqueror in a number of Marvel Cinematic Universe projects, has faced ongoing legal trouble in response to a March 25 arrest for alleged assault and aggravated harassment.
Magazine Dreams was originally set to be an artsy Oscar vehicle for Jonathan Majors, who leads the project as anxiety-ridden aspiring bodybuilder Killian Maddox.
Though Jonathan Majors and his legal team vehemently deny these accusations, which were made by Majors’ former girlfriend, Grace Jabbari, a New York City judge has denied the request for dismissal. As the Marvel star is set to go on trial, new evidence in the case seems to be popping up in headlines nearly every week. Disney has remained tight-lipped regarding Majors’ future with the MCU since these allegations became public, with a number of fans wondering how this controversy will impact films such as 2025’s Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and 2026’s Avengers: Secret Wars.
Shelving Magazine Dreams seems to be the first public sign that Disney plans to distance itself from Jonathan Majors and his surrounding controversy. The film was initially purchased for distribution by Disney subsidiary Searchlight Pictures in February after a highly successful showing at Sundance, just one month before Majors’ arrest took place. Disney has also taken measures to reconstruct their release calendar for the remainder of the year through 2025, though no major films have been fully pulled from the calendar other than Magazine Dreams.
Shelving Magazine Dreams seems to be the first public sign that Disney plans to distance itself from Jonathan Majors and his surrounding controversy.
Magazine Dreams was originally set to be an artsy Oscar vehicle for Jonathan Majors, who leads the project as anxiety-ridden aspiring bodybuilder Killian Maddox. Majors is said to have put on a great deal of weight in preparation for the film, even going so far as to eat nothing but protein-heavy elk meat during high-intensity periods of exercise. Obviously, the star has more invested in the project than finances alone, as the fate of his career could hang in the balance of a successful Magazine Dreams release.
Despite his plea of innocence, things are not looking good for Jonathan Majors’ career in high-budget studio films. Disney isn’t exactly known for tolerating a great deal of controversy with their stars, and there are thousands of performers who would leap at the opportunity to take Majors’ place if the Kang The Conqueror role does officially open up.