Disney is showing no signs of stopping when it comes to given its classic animations the live-action remake treatment.
The studio has already produced
Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast and The Jungle Book to critical and commercial acclaim and soon we’ll be having several more to watch in cinemas.
Here’s every single live-action remake Disney has green-lit and when they’re heading to a movie theatre near you.
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Not to be confused with ‘Dear Christopher Robin’, Christopher Robin in this ‘Winnie-the-Pooh’ live-action is a working-class family man who encounters his childhood bear friend and rediscovers the joys of live thanks to him and his other friends from Farthing Wood. Hayley Atwell and Mark Gatiss co-star in the film directed by Marc Forster and written by indie darling Alex Ross Perry, with additional writing from Tom McCarthy and Allison Schroeder.
Charlie Bean, who directed ‘The Lego Ninjago Movie’,
is set to adapt the 1955 canine classic ‘Lady and the Tramp’ for Disney’s new streaming service. It will be a live action/CGI hybrid in the same vein as Jon Favreau’s ‘The Jungle Book’.
Tim Burton is reimagining ‘Dumbo’ with Colin Farrell taking the lead as Holt Farrier, a former circus star whose life is turned upside down after returning from war. Circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) enlists Holt to care for a newborn elephant whose and his children (Nico Parker and Finley Hobbins) discover that he can fly. Eva Green and Michael Keaton play an aerial artist and entrepreneur who want to make Dumbo into a star.
Guy Ritchie’s live-action remake has been marred with controversey for months; most recently because of reports that white extras are being “browned up” to make them look more ethnic. A worldwild casting call went out to find the leads Aladdin and Jasmine, which subsequently went to Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott. Will Smith is playing Genie and Marwan Kenzari as Jafar.
Jon Favreau is directing this adaptation of the 1994 animation with Donald Glover voicing the main role of Simba. Beyonce, Chiwetel Ejiofor and John Oliver will voice Nala, Scar and Zazu, respectively, with Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen as Timon and Pumba. James Earl Jones is the only member of the original voice cast to return in the remake, reprising his role of Mufasa.
Niki Caro is directing the ‘Mulan’ remake, making her one of just four women to direct a picture with a budget over $100 million. It was recently announced that Chinese actress Liu Yifei will play the titular role in the story about a young girl who pretends to be a man to join the army in the place of her injured father. There she manages to help save China from the Huns’ invasion.
Yep, we’re getting another live-action Peter Pan film though Disney’s is going to stay true to their animated original. This live-action retelling of J.M. Barrie’s classic tale will be written and directed by ‘Pete’s Dragon’ director David Lowery, with co-writer Toby Halbrooks. It follows a boy who never grows up, and the three young siblings from London who join him on a magic adventure to Neverland. The movie is said to be out this year but there hasn’t been any casting announcements so we can expect that date to be pushed back.
Disney are doing a Maleficent with ‘101 Dalmations’ by doing a live-action remake focused on villain Cruella De Vil. Emma Stone is confirmed to play the fur-loving antagonist in the film reportedly being set in 1970s Britain.
Fifty Shades writer Kelly Marvel is penning the script with Steve Zissis (with help from Aline Brosh McKenna and Jez Butterworth(, which is said to include 70s punk plot elements. Alex Timbers (writer and producer on ‘Mozart in the Jungle’) is directing the Disney feature though no release date has been confirmed.
Can you think of anyone more perfect to play Tinker Bell than Reese Witherspoon? Neither could Disney and now the Big Little Lies star will be leading and producing the spin-off movie centred on the Neverland fairy. No director is attached yet but the early screenplay was penned by Marti Noxon (‘To the Bone,’ ‘UnREAL’) and Elizabeth Shapiro (‘The Crossroads of History’) but now ‘Finding Dory’s’ Victoria Strouse has been brought in to spin some magic with the script.
Angelina Jolie returns as the not-so-evil fairy in this sequel to the 2014 film. The script is being penned by Jez Butterworth – who is also working on the ‘Cruella’ live-action film – with ‘Transparent’ writers Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster. Joachim Rønning will once again direct though it’s unclear which of the original cast, including Elle Fanning and Sam Riley, will be reprising their roles.
Jon Favreau is back to direct this sequel to the 2015 film, though he’s busy with ‘The Lion King’ right now. According to screenwriter Justin Marks, the film will mine Rudyard Kipling’s subsequent novels for material as well as storylines penned by Bill Peets that weren’t used in the original 1967 animated film. So far there’s no confirmation if Bill Murray, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o or Neel Sethi will be back as Baloo, Sheere Khan, Raksha and Mowgli, respectively.
Lin-Manuel Miranda is going to be writing the music for this remake, with original composer Alan Menken, and Rob Marshall is reportedly being tapped to direct. Marshall is currently helming ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ (also starring Miranda with songs from him too) but is said to be reviewing a script written by Kick-Ass and Kingsman writer Jane Goldman.
‘Pinocchio’ follows a wooden puppet made by toymaker Gepetto, who comes to life but has a nose that gets longer every time he lies. The animated film will be brought to life, though not by Sam Mendes. The James Bond director was attached to direct last May but dropped out three months later. The remake is still in development, with
Paddington’s Paul King the latest director attached.
‘Game of Thrones’ writer and producer Bryan Cogman has been hired to pen the script for this live-action remake of the 1963 animation, conceived by Bill Peet and based on T.H. White’s book. It tells the story of young Arthur who learns how to be a king with the help of a wizard called Merlin.
No release date or casting confirmed as of yet.
We’ve had two live-action Snow White films in recent years but not from Disney. They greenlit the project back in 2016, with ‘The Girl on the Train’ writer Erin Cressida Wilson brought in to write the script and ‘The Greatest Showman’ songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul doing the music.
Hopefully we won’t lose any of the original songs but no doubt they’ll add a afew new ones to the mix.
The stop-motion animated film, based on Roald Dahl’s children’s book, is being developed as a live-action movie with Nick Hornby (‘About a Boy’) said to be penning the script.
Sam Mendes was attached but he has since dropped out.