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Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2021 film)

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Directed bySwinton Scott
Produced byJeff Kinney
Written byJeff Kinney
Based onDiary of a Wimpy Kid
by Jeff Kinney
  • Brady Noon
  • Ethan William Childress
  • Chris Diamantopoulos
  • 20th Century Studios
  • 20th Century Animation
Distributed byDisney+
Release date
  • December 3, 2021 (2021-12-03)
CountryUnited States

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid is an upcoming American computer-animated comedy film directed by Swinton Scott. It is based 2007 book of the same name as well as the 2010 live-action/animated film of the same name and is a reboot of the live action Diary of a Wimpy Kid film series. Jeff Kinney, the original author of the book and executive producer of the live-action films, will produce and write the film.

The film will be produced by 20th Century Animation and released by 20th Century Studios as a Disney+ original film on December 3, 2021, on Disney+. It will be the first Diary of a Wimpy Kid film to be fully animated, the first to be produced under Disney ownership and branding, and the first to be made and released for a streaming platform.

It will also be the second animated film to be produced by 20th Century Animation and distributed by 20th Century Studios since the closure of Blue Sky Studios in April 2021, following Ron's Gone Wrong, and the first 20th Century Studios animated film to be released on Disney+.


  • Brady Noon
  • Ethan William Childress
  • Chris Diamantopoulos


Following the release of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, the likelihood of a fourth live-action film was slim. In 2012, Jeff Kinney, the author the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, had announced the possibility for an animated film to be based on Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever as the next installment. In an interview for Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck, Kinney stated he was working with Fox on a half-hour special based on Cabin Fever, which was to be aired in late 2014,[1][2] but as of 2019, it never came into fruition. In August 2018, CEO of 20th Century Fox Stacey Snider announced that a fully animated television series based on Diary of a Wimpy Kid was in development, after Kinney decided not to allow any more live action adaptations in the series.[3] On August 6, 2019, after the acquisition of 21st Century Fox by Disney, the project was confirmed to be still in development for the then-upcoming Disney+.[4]

In December 2020, the project was confirmed to have been redeveloped as an animated film titled Diary of a Wimpy Kid, with production already started and with a release window of mid-2021.[5] On September 2, 2021, it was announced that the film would be released on December 3, 2021, confirmed to simply be titled Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and it would be a retelling of the first book in the series.[6][7] Swinton Scott was announced as director, and Kinney as producer and writer. Brady Noon, Ethan William Childress, and Chris Diamantopoulos were also announced to be part of the voice cast.[8]


The film is scheduled to be released on Disney+ on December 3, 2021.[9]


  1. "Hard Luck and Big Dreams: SLJ Chats with "Wimpy Kid" Creator Jeff Kinney". School Library Journal. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  2. Minzesheimer, Bob (August 8, 2013). "Narrator hits 'Hard Luck' in eighth Wimpy Kid book". USA Today. Retrieved November 11, 2013.
  3. Paz, Maggie Dela (August 10, 2018). "Fox Developing Wimpy Kid, Ice Age, and Night at the Museum TV Shows". ComingSoon.net. Retrieved August 11, 2018.
  4. "Disney Plans To Reboot HOME ALONE, NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM, and DIARY OF A WIMPY KID". GeekTyrant.
  5. Pedersen, Erik; Pedersen, Erik (2020-12-11). "Disney+ Programming: Here's What Was Announced Or Confirmed For Streamer During Disney Investor Day". Deadline. Retrieved 2020-12-11.
  6. @Disney (September 2, 2021). "New school. Old cheese. 🧀 The all-new animated adventure Diary of a #WimpyKid is streaming December 3 on…" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  7. "'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' animated film coming to Disney+ in December". UPI.
  8. Milligan, Mercedes (September 2, 2021). "Animated 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' Movie Hits Disney+ in December".
  9. Bastos, Margarida (September 2, 2021). "'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' Poster Reveals New Animated Film Coming to Disney+". Collider. Retrieved September 4, 2021.

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