17 Live Action Adaptations That Disney Have On Their Upcoming Movie Slate
Disney is bringing animated classics back to life.
The company has announced (at least) 17 live-action remakes for the future. Some of the movies are complete remakes of their animated counterparts, while others are based on origin stories or sequels to existing live-action adaptations.
Here are all 17 of the planned live-action remakes and sequels Disney has planned:
1. Pete's Dragon
"Pete's Dragon" will fly into theaters August 12, 2016. The remake of the 1977 live-action/animated film of the same name stars Oakes Fegley as Pete, a little boy who grew up in the woods with a dragon named Elliot.
2. Beauty and the Beast
Starring Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast, "Beauty and the Beast" is scheduled for a March 17, 2017 release. The film also features Luke Evans, Emma Thompson, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, and Stanley Tucci as characters in the Disney classic.
Tim Burton is going to direct Disney's "Dumbo," a remake of the 1941 movie about a young elephant bullied because of his big ears.
4. The Sword in the Stone
Disney is going to remake 1963's "The Sword in the Stone," which follows a young King Arthur, when he was an orphan, and his lessons with the wizard Merlin.
5. Prince Charming
Princesses like Cinderella have gotten their own live-action remake, and now it's Prince Charming's turn. It's unclear if Disney will focus on a specific Prince Charming or nah.
"Aladdin's" Genie, voiced by the late Robin Williams in the 1992 classic, is getting his own live-action prequel titled "Genies." The story about how Genie ended up in the lamp could potentially lead to a live-action "Aladdin" film, as well.
7. 101 Dalmatians
Glenn Close already played the villainous Cruella de Vil in the 1996 live-action remake of 1961's "101 Dalmatians," but Emma Stone is set to play her in "Cruella," an origin story for the villain.
Disney bought a script in 2015 to bring "Mulan" to life. The film follows a young woman who disguises herself as a man, takes her father's place in war, and saves China.
9. Winnie the Pooh
A.A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh was first animated by Disney in 1966. Since then, multiple animated projects have been released, but a new live-action adaptation is planned and will feature an adult Christopher Robin visiting his old friends in the Hundred Acre Wood.
"Peter Pan" has been brought to life in numerous incarnations, but Disney is set to remake its 1953 animated film. It will be helmed by the same director of "Pete's Dragon."
Peter Pan's fairy companion TInker Bell is getting her own live-action film, "Tink," starring Reese Witherspoon. She's also popped up in numerous film and TV adaptations, and Julia Roberts even played the fairy in Steven Spielberg's "Hook."
"Pinocchio" was Disney's second animated film, released in 1940. It is reportedly being adapted into a live-action version. Robert Downey Jr. is also planning a live-action reboot for Warner Bros.
12. The Jungle Book - Sequel
The highly successful 2015 live-action remake of 1961's "Jungle Book" is lending itself to a sequel, titled "The Jungle Book 2." Though not necessarily a remake, we're still counting it.
13. Maleficent (Sequel)
Angelina Jolie is set to reprise her role as Maleficent in the sequel to the 2014 origin story of the notorious villain from 1959's "Sleeping Beauty." Again, though not necessarily a remake, the movie still draws from a Disney animated film.
14. Rose Red
"Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" was Disney's first venture into animated movies back in 1934, and the title character has since been portrayed in multiple films. But Disney is taking a slightly different approach with a live-action movie based on Snow White's sister, Rose Red, who is featured in Grimm's fairy tales. "Rose Red" will feature her adventure with the dwarves to save Snow White after she bites the poisonous apple.
15. Chip 'N' Dale
The chipmunk duo Chip 'n Dale are reportedly going to get a CGI/live-action film based on the animated series "Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers" that aired for three seasons.
16. Night on Bald Mountain
Disney is taking the "Night on Bald Mountain" sequence from "Fantasia" and creating a live-action remake.
17. Mary Poppins Returns (Sequel)
Okay, so the "Mary Poppins" sequel isn't exactly a remake, but it is a continuation of a classic Disney film that did include some animated components. Emily Blunt is set to star as the titular character alongside Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Source: Business Insider
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