Full List of All the Live-Action Remakes Coming from Walt Disney Studios. Disney has seen raging success with live-action remakes, with a few snubs here and there, but so far the trend has earned the company several billion dollars in the last few years alone so it seems the famed film studio plans to keep the trend going as long as they can.
With the launch of Disney+, the all new streaming service including titles from Marvel Studios, Star Wars, Pixar, National Geographic, and all things Disney, there is a new demand not only for theatrical released films, but for exclusive content intended for Disney+.
It appears that Disney will be using this avenue to remake some of our favorite and underrated Disney Classics as well as release plenty of live-action remakes in theaters. Here is what we can expect from Disney in the 20’s:
Mulan (July 24, 2020)
“When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from Northern invaders, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father.”
Cruella (May 28, 2021)
“Cruella follows a young Cruella de Vil in a villain origin story that takes place prior to the events of 101 Dalmatians, which first hit screens as an animated film in 1961 and in 1996 got a live-action version starring Glenn Close and Jeff Daniels.”
Aladdin (2019) Sequel
A sequel is reportedly in the works for Aladdin (2019), but will likely premiere on Disney+. It is currently unknown if the original cast will reprise their roles.
The Jungle Book Sequel
The sequel is slotted to have Jon Favreau return as director for the film with Justin Sparks penning the script. It is currently unknown if the original cast will reprise their roles.
Lilo & Stitch
“A tale of a young girl’s close encounter with the galaxy’s most wanted extraterrestrial. Lilo is a lonely Hawaiian girl who adopts a small ugly “dog,” whom she names Stitch. Stitch would be the perfect pet if he weren’t in reality a genetic experiment who has escaped from an alien planet and crash-landed on Earth. Through her love, faith and unwavering belief in ohana, the Hawaiian concept of family, Lilo helps unlock Stitch’s heart and gives him the ability to care for someone else.”
A live-action adaption of Lilo & Stitch will feature live-action actors for the human characters and filming locations, but will feature CGI characters such as Stitch, Pleakley, Jumba, The Grand Councilwoman, and more. Mike Van Waes is slotted to write the script for the film, and Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich will produce. It is also currently unknown if the live-action film will premiere in theaters or on Disney’s new streaming service, Disney+.
Peter Pan & Wendy
“Wendy and her two brothers are amazed when a magical boy named Peter Pan flies into their bedroom, supposedly in pursuit of his rebellious shadow. He and his fairy friend, Tinkerbell, come from a far-off place called Neverland, where children stay perpetually young. Enchanted, the kids follow him back. But when Pan’s nemesis, the pirate Captain Hook, causes trouble, the kids begin to miss their old life.”
The film will star Ever Anderson (Wendy Darling) and Alexander Molony (Peter Pan).
The Little Mermaid
The film will star Halle Bailey (Ariel), Melissa McCarthy (Ursula), Jonah Hauer-King (Prince Eric), Javier Bardem (King Triton), David Diggs (Sebastian), Awkwafina (Scuttle),and Jacob Tremblay (Flounder).
“The Little Mermaid” will be directed by Marshall and written by David Magee. Original songs from the 1989 animated classic will be incorporated into the new movie, as well as new tunes from original composer Alan Menken with lyrics by “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. Miranda is also producing the film with Marshall, Marc Platt, and John DeLuca.
The live-action remake of Hercules will feature music from the original animated film as well as new music from famed composer and Disney Legend, Alan Menken. Joe and Anthony Russo are acting as producers on the project, with a. script being penned by Dave Callaham (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings).
“An amiable rooster called Alan-a-Dale tells stories and sings songs of the heroic Robin Hood and his trusty sidekick, Little John, in this animated animal-themed adaptation of the legendary story. When evil Prince John deputizes the Sheriff of Nottingham to collect unreasonable taxes from the animals of Sherwood Forest, Robin, Little John and the other merry men wage a lighthearted battle against their evil foes.”
The remake is rumored to be modeled similarly to The Lion King and will feature anthropomorphic characters with the use of VFX and CGI over real sets and locations. Set to direct the film is Carlos Lopez Estrada (Blindspotting) and penning the script is Kari Granlund (Lady and the Tramp(2019), Godmothered). Justin Springer (Tron: Legacy, Dumbo) is signed on to produce the film for Disney+.
“A dark, twisted retelling of the famous Carlo Collodi fairy tale about the wooden puppet who dreams of becoming a real boy. When Pinocchio comes to life, he turns out not to be that nice of a boy, creating mischief and playing mean tricks. He eventually learns a few lessons.”
Robert Zemeckis is set to direct, It is also currently unknown if the “live-action” Pinocchio will premiere in theaters or on Disney’s new streaming service, Disney+.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
“Jealous of Snow White’s beauty, the wicked queen orders the murder of her innocent stepdaughter, but later discovers that Snow White is still alive and hiding in a cottage with seven friendly little miners. Disguising herself as a hag, the queen brings a poisoned apple to Snow White, who falls into a death-like sleep that can be broken only by a kiss from the prince.”
Marc Webb is set to direct the film with Erin Cressida penning the script.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
“Quasimodo, the bell-ringer of Notre Dame Cathedral, bides his time locked away in a tower. With only gargoyles and occasional visits from Judge Claude Frollo to keep him company, Quasimodo longs to be with other people, leading to his chance encounter with the enchanting Gypsy, Esmeralda. When the beautiful young woman catches the attention of Quasimodo’s guardian, sinister Frollo, Quasimodo must help to keep her out of his clutches.”
No production members or casting choices have been announced at this time.
“A young deer named Bambi joins his new friends, a rabbit named Thumper and a skunk named Flower, in exploring his forest home. As a boy, he learns from his doting mother and his father, The Great Prince of the Forest, that there are dangers in the open meadows where hunters can spot the animals, and he meets a beautiful young doe named Faline. As Bambi grows up, he learns that there is tragedy as well as beauty and joy in his forest world and on the path to adulthood.”
The remake is rumored to be modeled similarly to The Lion King and will feature anthropomorphic characters with the use of VFX and CGI over real sets and locations.Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Captain Marvel) and Lindsey Beer are set to pen the script.
The Sword in the Stone
“As an orphaned child, Arthur, who was then known as Wart, wants to help his foster brother, Kay, succeed in becoming a knight. While helping Kay train, Wart stumbles upon a cabin belonging to Merlin, a bumbling but talented wizard. Merlin does his best to convince the boy that he is bound for greatness, and when Wart and Kay travel to London to attend a jousting contest, they learn that Merlin was right.” The live-action The Sword in the Stone is set to release exclusively on Disney+.
We can’t wait to see these titles, and many others, when they come to theaters or Disney+! What live-action remakes or new titles are you excited to see? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
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