We’ve been updating you as the updates come in about all the Disney films. But maybe you didn’t realize all the movies that are on the docket when it comes to remaking animated features into live-action films.
Here are the 15 films you may not realize are being remade. Just click any of the links below to learn more about each film.
15 – The Lion King – The film has already cast its two main leads: Donald Glover, as Simba and James Earl Jones, the original Mufasa, who is coming back to reprise his role in the live-action film. Directed by Jon Favreau.
13 – Aladdin – Directed and written by super-duo Guy Ritchie and John August.
12 – Jungle Book 2 – Also directed by workhorse Jon Favreau. There’s no story yet, but the original cast is slated to come back.
11 – Maleficent 2 – Angelina Jolie is on task to reprise the ‘bad’ fairy role as is screenwriter Linda Woolverton.
10 – Mary Poppins Returns – This is one of those that we’ve been updating pretty regularly. This one isn’t a live-action remake, it’s a sequel and it’s in production currently, with Emily Blunt as the title character, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Dick Van Dyke!
9 – Snow White – This one was a surprise to me. Erin Cressida Wilson is planned to pen and Justin Paul and Benj Pasek (La-La Land), are also set to write new original music for the film, so this project already seems pretty promising.
8 – Rose Red – From a Grimm story that most people may not remember. ‘Snow White & Rose Red’ about two sisters that encounter an enchanted bear. This film is rumored to not follow that storyline, what we do know is the screenplay is being written by newcomer Justin Merz.
7 – The Little Mermaid – What we know about this remake is Lin-Manuel Miranda is teaming up with original The Little Mermaid songwriter (and legend) Alan Menken, to write new music for the film to go along with the pre-existing songs.
6 – Peter Pan – Directed by David Lowery and written by Lowery and Toby Halbrooks
5 – Oliver & Company – If you remember Disney’s Oliver & Company it’s about a scrappy cat named Oliver who gets taken in by a gang of street dogs. Not sure if that’s the route they’re going to take, what we do know is Tommy Kail is directing.
4 – James & The Giant Peach – Disney announced last year that they were planning on making a live-action adaptation of the 1996 stop-action film, written by novelist and screenplay writer Nick Hornby. Sam Mendes, is set to direct.
3 – Winnie the Pooh – Possibly titled “Christopher Robin”, this live-action film is being directed by Marc Forster (“Finding Neverland”). The screenplay is being written by Alex Ross Perry.
1 – Cruella – The biggest news of this film is not the multiple re-writes (which isn’t out of the ordinary), but the star. Newly-crowned Academy Award-winning actress Emma Stone is set to play the titular role. Will the character stay closer to the crazed evil perfected by Glenn Close in the 1996 live action film? Only time will tell. No one else has been cast yet, but so far the film is set for a 2018 release.
This is a nice long laundry list of wonderful titles that all us Disney fans can look forward to over the next handful of years.
What do you think of this list of films? Are you excited?