Disney Rumored To Make Live-Action ‘Treasure Planet‘. With Walt Disney Pictures cranking out live-action after live-action remake, the list of potential films seems to grow every day.
Disney’s Live-Action remakes of films such as Cinderella, Aladdin, Maleficent, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, and more, have been performing well enough in theaters that the trend of remaking Disney Classics is far from over. Recently Mulan, The Little Mermaid, Pocahontas, and Chip & Dale, have been confirmed by Disney to be on the way back to the big screen. Disney is also looking to remake some films that will be exclusively available on their new streaming service, Disney+, such as Lady and the Tramp.
Of the many choices Disney has to choose from their past projects, it seems Disney may be shifting their focus to more underrated or fan-favored films such as: Hercules, Atlantis, Hunchback of Notre Dame, and an exciting venture of remaking a live-action version of Treasure Planet.
Cinematically speaking, Treasure Planet has the potential to be visually stunning due to the abilities of CGI compared to the technology that was available during the films original release in 2002. Despite the film receiving excellent reviews by critics, Treasure Planet performed very poorly in theaters, having only brought in $38 Million when production costs exceeded $140 Million.
Some speculation about the films pathetic performance in theaters seem to stem from the release date of the film and the age of the protagonist, Jim Hawkins. In the book “Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson, Jim was a child, not a broody teenager as portrayed in the film, which seemed to deter parents from allowing their youngster to see the film back in ’02. Parents seemed to be drawn to bring their families to films such as Warner Brothers Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Disney’s very own Santa Clause II.
Statistically speaking, it was a poor decision by the studio to release the film so close to highly anticipated sequels around the holiday season when audiences felt Treasure Planet had much more of a “summer movie” feel. Another reason for the lack in performance is the possibility that the movie simply was ahead of its time. With a spike in steampunk and fantasy related content becoming very popular in mainstream media now-a-days and with fans being able to bring their families to the theater to see one of their favorite film while growing up means Treasure Planet could be a box office smash for Disney in the 2020’s.
For those who may not remember Treasure Planet, a synopsis of the film may give you an insight on how incredible the story truly was and why the film is still garnishing new fans nearly 20 years later. “The legendary “loot of a thousand worlds” inspires an intergalactic treasure hunt when 15-year-old Jim Hawkins stumbles upon a map to the greatest pirate trove in the universe. Based on one of the greatest adventure stories ever told – Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island”- this film follows Jim’s fantastic journey across a parallel universe as a cabin boy aboard a glittering space galleon.”
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