Disney is bringing not five, not ten, but 22 animated classics to the live-action realm!
After the box-office success of previous Disney classics that were given the live-action treatment (Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, The Jungle Book, etc), it comes as no surprise that the studio is looking to add a few more titles into the roster.
From well-known fairy tales such as Snow White to critically acclaimed masterpieces like The Lion King and The Little Mermaid, the studio’s list continues to build up with 22 new movies already planned for a live-action adaptation.
Some of these movies are a complete rehash of their original animated counterparts, while the remaining projects are either origin stories or follow-ups to already existing live-action films.
1. Beauty and the Beast
One of the most anticipated Disney titles this year is Beauty and the Beast. Coming this March 17, live-action feature stars Harry Potter star Emma Watson and Downton Abbey alum Dan Stevens as Belle and the beast, respectively. Directed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls), the film also features an impressive supporting cast that includes Ewan McGregor, Emma Thompson, Ian McKellen, Luke Evans, and Josh Gad.
Back in 2015, Disney acquired a script for a live-action adaptation of Mulan. Much like the animated feature, the story revolves around a young girl who dresses up as a man and takes her father’s place during a general enlistment to counter a Hun invasion. No actors or directors are attached for the project yet, but the film is already slated for release on November 2, 2018.
3. The Lion King
This highly adored Disney classic has just recently cast Donald Glover and James Earl Jones to lend their voices as Simba and Mufasa, respectively. Also set for a 2018 premiere, the film will be directed by Jon Favreau, who also helmed the live-action remake of The Jungle Book.
Tim Burton is attached to direct the modern re-imagining of the 1941 classic about a young elephant persecuted because of his huge ears. Reports said that instead of using real elephants, the film will opt for a mix of CGI and live action.
5. The Sword in the Stone
Disney is also rebooting one of its lesser known animated features. The movie will be based on the 1963 pic that tells the story of a young King Arthur as an orphan and the lessons he learned with Merlin the wizard. Game of Thrones writer/producer Bryan Cogman is tasked to write the story of this remake.
6. Prince Charming
Although no further details have been revealed, but one of the Prince Charmings from Snow White or Cinderella is getting his own standalone live-action adaptation.
Currently titled Genies, the film serves as a prequel to Aladdin and will finally address the question of how the blue-colored jinn ended up in the magic lamp.
Disney has also set its eyes for a live-action remake of Aladdin with Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes, The Man From U.N.C.L.E) set to direct.
Formerly portrayed by Glenn Close in the 1996 live-action remake of 101 Dalmatians, the nefarious Cruella de Vil is also getting her own origin story just like Maleficent. Award-winning actress Emma Stone is currently attached to bring the role to life.
10. Winnie the Pooh
Winnie the Pooh is also getting a live-action treatment from Disney. Sources said that the story will follow an adult Christopher Robin as he visits his old friends in the Hundred-Acre Wood.
11. Peter Pan
Although there have been many iterations of this film in the past, Disney is looking to reboot its 1953 animated film. Pete’s Dragon filmmaker David Lowry is already on board to direct this modern version.
Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon is set to play Peter Pan‘s fairy companion Tinker Bell in her own live-action film currently titled Tink.
Released in 1940, the story of a mechanical puppet brought to life was Disney’s second animated film and one of the classics set for a live-action version in the future.
14. The Jungle Book 2
Jon Favreau will return to helm the sequel of the 2016 box office hit The Jungle Book. Since he is also attached for the The Lion King remake, the director has expressed his plans to do both films back to back.
15. Maleficent 2
Speaking of sequels, Angelina Jolie is expected to reprise her role as Maleficent in its upcoming follow-up to the 2014 origin story that humanized the evil queen from the classic Sleeping Beauty fairy tale.
16. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Disney’s first ever animated classic is also getting her own live-action retelling in the near future. The film will feature new music from La La Land songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.
17. Rose Red
Snow White’s very own sister, Rose Red, is also getting her own movie. Having been featured in Grimm’s fairy tales, her story revolves around her adventures together with the seven dwarfs in saving Snow White after the princess ate the poisonous apple. Evan Daugherty, who previously penned the script for Snow White and the Huntsman, is currently working on the project.
18. The Little Mermaid
Although a remake of the film is currently underway at Universal, Disney is also set to have their own live-action version in the future. Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken and Hamilton‘s Lin-Manuel Miranda are currently working on some new music for the film.
19. James and the Giant Peach
Disney is planning to breathe new life into Roald Dahl’s popular children’s novel James and the Giant Peach, which Disney first brought to life in 1996 as a stop-motion film.
20. Chip ‘n Dale
Fans of the 90s animated series Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers will be happy to know that Disney has also greenlighted a CGI/live-action project of the classic cartoon series, which lasted for 3 seasons on air.
This may be a weird choice, but Disney has also given the go signal for an origin story of the demon from Fantasia, which was featured during Night on Bald Mountain, the final segment of the 1940 animated classic. Much like what was done to Maleficent, the story will give a human character to one of Disney’s darkest characters by way of a back story.
22. Mary Poppins Returns
While the classic 1964 Disney film may not be fully tagged as an animated feature, it did use some animation techniques so we’re putting its upcoming sequel on this list. Directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago, Into the Woods), the film stars Emily Blunt as the titular character together with a star-studded supporting cast that includes Lin-Manuel Miranda, Meryl Streep, Dick Van Dyke, Colin Firth, Julie Walters, Ben Wishaw, Emily Mortimer, and Angela Lansbury. The Disney sequels opens December 25, 2018.
Source: Business Insider