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Every live-action Disney remake currently in development

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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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‘Lady and the Tramp’ – Release date: 2019 (TBC)

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. Thor: Ragnarok’s Tessa Thompson will voice Lady, and Justin Theroux Tramp. Thomas Mann and Kiersey Clemons play their human owners.

‘Dumbo’ – Release date: March 29, 2019

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.

‘Aladdin’ – Release date: May 24, 2019

Will Smith is playing Genie and Marwan Kenzari as Jafar in Guy Ritchie’s live-action remake. A worldwide casting call went out to find the leads Aladdin and Jasmine, which subsequently went to Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott. Smith is rumoured to be supplying new music for the film too.

‘The Lion King’ – Release date: July 2019

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.

‘Mulan’- Release date: December 20, 2019

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.

‘Peter Pan’ – Release date: TBC

his 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 in development now, and expected to launch on Disney’s upcoming streaming service.

‘Cruella’ – Release date: TBC

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.

‘Tink’ – Release date: TBC

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.

‘Maleficent 2’ – Release date: TBC

Production has aleady wrapped on this follow up to Disney’s Sleeping Beauty spin-off, having been shot here in the UK, over summer 2018. Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, and Sam Riley all returned, although Harris Dickinson has replaced Brenton Thwaites as Prince Phillip. Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michelle Pfeiffer are newcomers to the cast for the sequel directed by Pirates of the Caribbean 5’s Joachim Rønning.

‘The Jungle Book 2’ – Release date: TBC

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.

‘The Little Mermaid’ – Release date: TBC

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’ – Release date: TBC

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.

‘The Sword and the Stone’ – Release date: TBC

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. This is also likely to be going straight to Disney’s new streaming service.

‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ – Release date: TBC

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 few new ones to the mix.

‘James and the Giant Peach’ – Release date: TBC

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.

‘Lilo & Stitch’ – TBC

Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich, the producers of Disney’s live action Aladdin have been set to work on remaking this sci-fi tinged 2002 adventure. Mike Van Waes, who’s also working on Conjuring spin-off Crooked Man, is said to be working on a script.

‘Oliver & Company’ – TBC

Disney studios is teaming up with NWA rapper Ice Cube to make a live action musical Oliver Twist, which the Mouse House famously remade as Oliver & Company in 1988. Cube is set to play Fagin, with Thomas Kail, the Tony-winning director of Hamilton, set the direct.

‘Prince Charming’ – Release date: TBC

Bit of an odd one this, as we’ve already seen Richard Madden as Prince Charming in 2015’s live action Cinderella. However, Wonder writer-director Stephen Chbosky, has been signed up to script and possibly direct a film centred on Charming after impressing Disney with his work on Beauty and the Beast.


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