The One and Only Ivan Movie

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The One and Only Ivan movie is currently in Post-Production

March 22, 2019 • Filming completed; editing of shot film; music composition and recordings, as well as sound and visual effects being added.

Who's Involved:

Thea Sharrock, Ariana Greenblatt, Bryan Cranston, Sam Rockwell, Ramon Rodriguez, Brigham Taylor, Angelina Jolie, Mike White, Allison Shearmur, Brooklynn Prince, Bryan Oh, Stephen Meinen

Release Date:

Friday, August 14 , 2020

Rating: N/A

Runtime: N/A

The One and Only Ivan Plot: What's the story?

A silverback gorilla named Ivan lives in a cage in a shopping mall along with an elephant named Stella and a stray dog called Bob. Ivan does not remember life before the mall, but when a baby elephant enters and Ivan finds himself taking care of her, he begins to rediscover his previous life and concocts a plan to take the baby elephant away from their abusive owner.

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Film Details & Notes: What do we know about The One and Only Ivan?

  1. Ramon Rodriguez will play an assistant who works for the mall’s owner (Cranston) and who is also the father of a young girl (Greenblatt) who befriends the silverback (Hollywood Reporter, 3/13/18).
  2. Allison Shearmur, who recently died, will retain a producer credit on the movie (Hollywood Reporter, 3/1/18).
  3. Bryan Cranston will play the desperate owner of a failing circus (Hollywood Reporter, 3/1/18).
  4. Based on the Newbery Medal-winning book written by Katherine Applegate and illustrated by Patricia Castelao.

Crew and Production Credits: Who's making The One and Only Ivan?

A look at the The One and Only Ivan behind-the-scenes crew and production team. The film's director Thea Sharrock last directed Me Before You and The Selection. The film's writer Mike White last wrote Pitch Perfect 3 and Brad's Status.


Thea Sharrock


Mike White


Angelina Jolie
Allison Shearmur
Brigham Taylor

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Production Timeline: When did the The One and Only Ivan come together?

On or about March 22, 2019 • The film was in Post-Production status.

On or about March 6, 2018 • The film was in Pre-Production status.

On or about March 24, 2017 • The film was in Development status.

Thea Sharrock, director of Me Before You, is in early talks to direct.

On or about May 7, 2016 • The film was in Development status.

Mike Newell on board to direct the film. Disney picked up the rights to the book in 2014.

On or about April 10, 2014 • The film was in Announced status.

The One and Only Ivan Release Date: When is it coming out?

The One and Only Ivan is coming out in 2020 on Friday, August 14, 2020 and will be released in nationwide movie theaters. There are 3 other movies coming out on the same date, including Escape Room 2, Malignant and Nobody.
United States
United States
August 14, 2020 Nationwide
August 14, 2020

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