Following the release of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ last month and my blog entry questioning whether the live-action remake was necessary, here is a complete list of all Disney classics getting the live-action gloss:
The Lion King – Possibly the most beloved Disney movie is set to be remade by Jungle Book director, Jon Favreau. Donald Glover will voice Simba, with James Earl Jones reprising his role as Mufasa.
Pinocchio – Daniel Hedges, who wrote the screenplay for ‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?’, is working on a slightly darker, live-action remake based on the 1883 novel of the wooden boy who comes to life. Guillermo Del Toro has been working on a stop-motion version of the movie, while Ron Howard has been rumoured to direct Warner Bros’ take on it, with Robert Downey Jr. playing Gepetto.
Aladdin – Guy Ritchie is in talks to direct this remake, similar to the original. There’s also suggestion there will be a separate movie titled ‘Genies’, dedicated to the background behind the Genie – a difficult role to fulfil following Robin Williams’ portrayal in the 1992 original.
The Little Mermaid – Not much has been mentioned about this one other than Broadway legend, Lin-Manuel Miranda teaming up with original Disney songwriter Alan Menken to recreate the songs that featured in the animated version of the movie.
Dumbo – Tim Burton, who already has experience when it comes to Disney remakes following ‘Alice in Wonderland’, is set to direct with Eva Green and Danny DeVito also signed up to feature. Colin Farrell is also rumoured to feature in some capacity with ‘Transformers’ writer Ehren Kruger behind the story.
Cruella – Emma Stone is set to portray the fur-loving villain in this origin story behind the ‘101 Dalmations’ character. ‘Mozart in the Jungle’ co-creator, Alex Timbers, will be directing this one.
Night On Bald Mountain – This one will be a little unknown to some people but it’s actually a remake of a sequence in the musical classic, ‘Fantasia’.
The Jungle Book 2 – Following the success of the 2016 live-action remake, Jon Favreau is set to direct the sequel to the Disney classic after last year’s success. Writer Justin Marks and Neel Sethi, who played Mowgli, are both also set to return with the release date considered to be sometime in 2019.
Maleficent 2 – Another successful Disney remake/adaptation was 2014’s ‘Maleficent’ and like ‘The Jungle Book’, is set for a sequel, with Angelina Jolie returning as the wicked sorceress who originated from ‘Sleeping Beauty’.
Peter Pan – Rather conveniently, the man behind 2016’s remake of ‘Pete’s Dragon’, David Lowery, will be directing the live-action rebrand of ‘Peter Pan’. The real-life version of the boy who never grows up is set for release next year and leads us on nicely to our next entry.
Tinker Bell – Peter’s beloved fairy companion is getting her own spin-off movie, with Reese Witherspoon playing the lead role.
Winnie the Pooh – The honey-loving bear is set to get the live-action gloss with a story based on an adult Christopher Robin, and will be directed by ‘Spotlight’ writer and director, Tom McCarthy. There is also to be a biopic based on the man behind Pooh, AA Milne, released next year starring Margot Robbie and Domhnall Gleeson.
Prince Charming – Many Disney movies’ focus is on a princess in some capacity, but this time that will be changing to the male side of things. It’s unclear however as to whether the Prince Charming in question is based on the character from ‘Cinderella’ or ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’.
Rose Red – Again, this is a take on an alternative character from a famous Disney movie. The first movie in fact – ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’. This time though, the focus is on Rose Red, the sister of Snow White who works with the dwarves to save her when she famously bites the poisonous apple.
Mulan – The live-action remake of the 1998 original is set to be released in November next year and Niki Caro is rumoured to be directing but there have been no suggestions as to who will be playing the lead role as of yet.
Sword in the Stone – ‘Game of Thrones’ writer, Bryan Cogman is penning the script for this one. Guy Ritchie’s ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’, which is released later this year, also shares a later affiliation to the story of the lead character.