15 Disney Classics that are Getting Live-Action Remakes
By Tess Farrand, Staff Writer
With recent live-action remakes like CINDERELLA, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and THE JUNGLE smashing the box-office, it’s no surprise that Disney is remaking even more popular animated movies. Of course, check back to Movieguide® to read the reviews for each movie, but for now, here’s what you can expect in the coming years.
- DUMBO: March 29, 2019
78 years since the animated film’s release, Tim Burton (CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY) will bring the sweet circus-movie to life. In the spring of 2019, audiences will see Colin Farrell and Danny Devito star in DUMBO.
Watch the trailer below:
2. ALADDIN: May 24, 2019
The Arabian-nights tale from the 90’s is getting a new cast to dawn the character made popular by Robin Williams as the Genie. Early next summer, Will Smith and will take on the responsibility of Genie along with a slew of newcomers. Currently, director Guy Richie (SHERLOCK HOMES) is wrapping up production.
- THE LION KING: July 19, 2019
This live-action remake has a star-studded cast for Pride Rock including Hollywood legends like James Earl Jones (Mufasa), and Beyoncé (Nala). The movie is directed by Jon Favreau, who also helmed the live action remake of THE JUNGLE BOOK.
- MULAN: March 27, 2020
“Let’s get down to business…” The female heroine movie comes to theaters in just over a year and a half and stars an upcoming new actress who’s gained popularity in recent years in China. MULAN is directed by Niki Caro, who directed the sports drama MCFARLAND, USA.
- MALFICIENT 2: May 29, 2020
Angelina Jolie will reprise her role as Maleficent alongside Elle Fanning in the sequel to the first movie, MALEFICENT.
For our review of the first movie, click here.
- PINOCCHIO: TBD
Japeto and Jiminy Cricket will be reimagined for this live-action version of the story about a puppet who became a real boy! Paul King, director of the PADDINGTON movies, will spearhead the project.
- THE LITTLE MERMAID: TBD
We guess Ariel just wants to be “part of our world” again. After the animated movie’s release in 1989, a sequel was made, and THE LITTLE MERMAID hit Broadway. Even Disneyland in Tokyo has a whole section dedicated to the Princess. It seems fitting that Ariel and all her friends jump on the bandwagon of live-action. Lin-Manuel Miranda of HAMILTON and MOANA is reimagining the classic songs for the project.
- CRUELLA (101 DALAMATIONS): TBD
“Cruella, Cruella… De Ville…” Emma Stone (THE HELP, LA LA LAND) will play the title character for the movie that, like MALEFICENT, focusses on the villain’s point of view. Currently, CRUELLA is in pre-production.
- PRINCE CHARMING (CINDERELLA): TBD
In 2015, CINDERELLA marked one of Disney’s first major live-action movies. Now we will see the tale from Prince Charming’s perspective. Stephen Chbosky, director of WONDER is tapped to direct.
- TINKERBELL: TBD
In recent years, Disney’s found a market with animated Tinkerbell movies that follow her and other fairies of Pixie Hollow. Reese Witherspoon (WALK THE LINE, LEGALLY BONDE) is currently set to play the title character.
- THE SWORD OF THE STONE: TBD
The Knights of The Round Table will assemble in this retelling of King Arthur’s rise to royalty. GAME OF THRONES writer and producer, Byan Cogman (who must have a fascination with medieval times) adapted this live-action movie for audiences.
- LADY AND THE TRAMP: TBD
This sweet dog-tale is coming to life! Reportedly, Justin Theroux (MEGAMIND) will voice the character of Tramp. We can’t wait for the spaghetti dinner scene to melt our hearts! LADY AND THE TRAMP is currently filming.
- RED ROSE (SNOW WHITE): TBD
This new movie will take a spin in the live-action rendition. Characters like Grumpy, Doc and Bashful will accompany Snow White’s sister to help break the Evil Queen’s spell with the poisoned red apple.
- PETER PAN: TBD
Details of this project are tightly under wraps. However, we do know that the director of PETER PAN is working with the screenwriter from the 2015 Disney live-action movie, PETE’S DRAGON David Lowery. Watch our interview with him here.
- LILO AND STITCH: TBD
Announced this week, this animated movie from 2001 is Disney’s latest live-action announcement. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mike Van Waes will direct the movie. “The Hawaii-centric story will mark a departure for Van Waes, who is recognized in Hollywood as a writer of the horror genre. His works include The Conjuring – inspired The Crooked Man and A Wizard of Oz horror take dubbed, Not in Kansas.” For obvious reasons, not many other details are known yet, but as always, check back at Movieguide® for updates.