First Maleficent, then Cinderella, and now Beauty and the Beast?! Disney is coming out with some great live action remakes that I, personally, am excited for.
Christopher Robin (The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh)- A grown up Christopher Robin returns to the Hundred Acre woods to reunite with Pooh and his friends. This will be directed by Marc Forster, who also directed Finding Neverland which stars Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet.
Tinker Bell– All we know right now about this live action remake is that Reese Witherspoon has signed to play Tinker Bell. This will not be a musical at this moment in time.
The Little Mermaid–Marc Platt who also produced Girl on a Train is set to produce the story. We currently aren’t sure whether this will be a musical like the others or not.
The Lion King– Jon Favreau, the director of the new live action The Jungle Book, is going to direct. Donald Glover who stars in the FX Original: Atlanta, is set to play Simba. James Earl Jones who voiced Mufasa in The Lion King and The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride, will reprise his role. This will be a musical with original songs remade and new songs.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs- Negotiations are for Erin Cressida Wilson, who adapted the scripts for The Girl on the Train. Once again, Marc Platt is on board to produce. It will be a musical with some original songs and some brand new songs.
Peter Pan- With as many remakes with Peter Pan there are, Disney has decided it’s time again for a new one. This will be directed by David Lowery who also directed Disney’s Pete’s Dragons.
Dumbo– In the cartoon, Dumbo is only a baby, in this remake it is rumored that Dumbo will be an older version of himself. Eva Green is in talks to play a trapeze artist. Danny Devito is the ringmaster and Colin Farrel is going to play a widowed father of two children who fall in love with the elephant. Tim Burton is set to direct!
Cruella De-Ville-The most hated villain from 101 Dalmatians is getting her own big screen movie. The movie is going to relay her younger self and star Emma Stone as the young Cruella.
Aladdin– The new live-action film will not adhere to the storyline we all know. Instead, it’ll be a new take and new version of Aladdin and Princess Jasmine. Filmmaker Guy Richie, is said to direct. Though it isn’t adhering to the cartoon version, the remake will have many of the musical elements.
Continuing on from Aladdin– The great big blue Genie we all know and love is getting his own movie as well. It’s unknown at the moment whether the two storylines will intersect like Maleficent and Sleeping Beauty did.
Mulan– There’s been so much controversy over Mulan. Disney has announced that it will not be a whitewashed movie, meaning only Chinese actors and actresses will play the vital roles. A decision has not been made whether there will be music or not. Niki Caro, who directed Disney’s McFarland, USA, is rumored to be directing Mulan. Mulan is set to be released in November of 2018.
I’m really excited about Mulan, but while Disney is making remakes of movies that have already had several remakes or sequels, what about the underappreciated movies, like Sleeping Beauty, Pocahontas, Bambi, Lady and the Tramp, The Aristocats, and even Atlantis: The Lost Empire?
What Disney remake are you most excited about? What Disney movie would you like to be remade?