This list of Disney remakes will literally bring back the magic…
We all know the lyrics to “Hakuna Matata” and “Under the Sea” is a classic right? And (if you aren’t one of the hundred million that have already seen it) you are secretly super excited about seeing the live action remake of Beauty and the Beast?
Disney started revamping some of the classics back in 2010 with Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland, doing the same thing again in 2014 with the slightly shaky Maleficent. This sparked a yearly live-action release from the magical moviemakers with Ken Brannagh’s Cinderella, the hugely successful Jungle Book and this year’s romantic treat, Beauty & The Beast. Since the latest release, Disney has announced all of the remakes that we have to look forward to in the future, and the list is making our inner child very excited.
Set for release on November 2, 2018, Mulan is 2018’s Disney offering. There are few details about the live-action remake, other than it will NOT star a white male protagonist, as had been rumored due to Hollywood’s tendency to overlook ethnic actors, thank goodness. Disney is currently searching for a Chinese actress to fill the lead role.
The Little Mermaid
It seems as though almost every little girl wanted to live underwater at one stage. Again, Disney is being very quiet about this intriguing remake, but what we do know is that the music will reportedly feature a mix of your favourite songs and some new ones from the genius behind the original soundtrack, Alan Menken. Recently Chloe Mortez, cast as Ariel, has pulled out and now Lindsey Lohan as expressed interest in the role. No word on when we can expect this one though, but one thing’s for sure, it’s going to be one hell of task remaking this underwater classic.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Snow White was Disney’s first animated feature film. It kicked off their insanely successful princess franchise, which is why it’s surprising it took Disney so long to green-light a live-action version, however, it could be that very reason that the firm has been so precious about the film. Erin Cressida Wilson (The Girl on the Train) will write the script for the upcoming Snow White, including new music from La La Land songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who hopefully spend a lot of time whistling away while they work.
The Lion King
Simba’s story remains the most successful traditionally animated movie in history and inspired the third-longest running Broadway musical — so of course it’s getting the live-action treatment. But we might be stretching the definition of ‘live action’ considering there are zero humans in the film and its unlikely Disney would use real animals — so wouldn’t this make it a CGI-action remake? After the success of Disney’s other animal-centric reboot, The Jungle Book, this movie has been fast-tracked to production with the same director, Jon Favreau, hopefully meaning that we’ll have a release date very soon!
Cruella De Vil
101 Dalmatians’ has obviously already had a live action version done back in 1996, with a sequel in 2000. But, the film franchises fur-loving villain is getting her own solo movie. Sure, you know her as an older lady so evil that she likes to skin puppies and wear their fur. But this adaptation is set to follow Cruella in her early days. In other words, she’s getting the Maleficent treatment. Chances are, you’ll leave the movie with a more well-rounded idea of what made Cruella so cruel-la. Did we mention that La La Lands leading lady, Emma Stone, is confirmed to star in the lead role?
If every little girl wanted to be Ariel, then every little boy wanted to be Aladdin. Disney had originally announced a prequel called Genies that would delve into the classic Robin Williams’s characters backstory, but scrapped the idea in favour of moving forward with the original Aladdin tale. Sherlock Holmes and Snatch director, Guy Ritchie, is attached to this little gem.
Little is known about the reboot for the boy who never grew up other than it’s going to be directed by David Lowery, the guy behind the 2016 epic, Pete’s Dragon. Judging by the amazing CGI in that movie, and how awesome the dragon was, Tick-Tock the crocodile is sure to be terrifying when this comes out. It definitely has some pressure to live up to the other epic live Peter Pan adaptations that came from non-Disney studios, like Hook starring the late, and aforementioned, Robin Williams and the epic 2003 version starring cutie Jeremy Sumpter.
Speaking of Peter Pan, his iconic fairy sidekick is getting her own origin story, too. The latest installment is called Tink and will star Reese Witherspoon as the friendly little fairy. The huge Hollywood star is sure to sprinkle her own magic dust over the whole thing.
This remake is set to be similar to The Jungle Book in a sense that it will be partly live action, partly CGI, however other than that, it’s hard to get any info on the film. We know that Tim Burton is inline to direct it, making us think that things will be a little darker this time around. There are names like Will Smith, Tom Hanks, Eva Green and Colin Farrell flying around in association with the remake, but nothing is confirmed. The 1942 original is so loved that it’s risky to do anything with it at all, however we are confident that Disney can attract the talent to pull this one off.
Winnie The Pooh
There have been many adaptations of this franchise, and this much loved character is set to receive the remake treatment once again. The plot is described as so: ‘Robin has grown out of the joyful imagination he had as a young boy…is now a businessman who prioritises work over his wife and daughter…With his home life on the brink, the last thing his life needs is the return of Pooh, who needs his help in finding his friends again. Robin has to find a way to help both sides or risk losing everything he holds dear.’ Sound familiar? Well director Marc Forster, who has been behind Quantum of Solace and World War Z, has been in this territory before having directed 2004s Peter Pan spin off, Finding Neverland.
So there you have it, the future is looking bright, when you wish upon a star your dreams really do come true. If you know of any other Disney remakes give us a shout via Twitter @TheGuideLpool and we will see you in the pictures.