All the Current and Upcoming Disney Remakes to Fuel Your Nostalgia
Almost every generation alive today has grown up with Disney movies. Our grandparents fell in love with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (which premiered waaay back in 1937), our parents paid about $3.50 to see Robin Hood, and we were lucky enough to grow up with The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Tarzan.
Now, all our favourites are getting the live-action treatment, with a whole slew of Disney remakes hitting our screens right now and plenty more planned for the coming years.
So, what’s on the horizon? Let’s find out!
Released in May this year (almost 30 years after the original, if you can believe it), Aladdin sees Will Smith step into Robin Williams’ shoes as Genie, Mena Massoud as Aladdin and Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine. While it’s hard to beat the animated version, the live-action adaption comes pretty close and is still a must-see for any die-hard Disney fans.
The Lion King
Beyoncé. Donald Glover. James Earl Jones. Seth Rogen. ‘Star-studded’ doesn’t even begin to describe the cast of the CGI-animated Lion King remake. While it’s not quite as magical as the OG movie, this adaptation is well worth seeing for the voice performances, music and stunning visual effects alone. And what’s not to love about a whole new generation of kids falling in love with this iconic story?
Yep, everyone’s favourite bad-ass female warrior is set to hit the big screen once again! Due to be released in March 2020, this adaptation stars Liu Yifei as Mulan and is being directed by Kiwi ledge Niki Caro, known for Whale Rider and The Zookeeper’s Wife. However, the new film will introduce us to a new villain - a powerful witch named Xian Lang instead of Hun invader Shan Yu.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
While the real Notre Dame is still yet to be rebuilt, its bells will toll again in the upcoming live-action remake of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. With Josh Gad as producer and Tony-winning playwright David Henry Hwang working on the script, this adaptation is an almost guaranteed hit. We don’t know much about its cast yet, but reports suggest it’s next in line after Mulan, so keep an eye out around 2021.
The Little Mermaid
It’s still in the very early stages of development, but we already know a few details about the cast of The Little Mermaid’s live-action remake. It was recently announced that Halle Bailey will star as Ariel, with Melissa McCarthy widely rumoured to play Ursula and Harry Styles on the cards as Prince Eric. Production will begin in early 2020, but we’re already itching to see it!
Lilo & Stitch
Everybody’s favourite Hawaiian girl, Lilo, and her blue pet
dog alien, Stitch, are making their way back to the silver screen, The Hollywood Reporter suggests. The film will reportedly be brought to us by the same team that produced Aladdin, but that's about all we know so far.
Lady and the Tramp
As Disney gears up to release its own streaming service, we’ve been given a glimpse into what subscribers can expect with the announcement of a live-action/animated hybrid remake of Lady and the Tramp set for release exclusively through the service before the end of the year. Tessa Thompson will lend her voice to Lady, while the Tramp will be played by Justin Theroux. Spaghetti at the ready!
Emma Stone is set to channel her inner villain in Cruella, the 101 Dalmatians spin-off described as an origin story filled with ‘80s punk vibes. Intriguing, no? Emma Thompson has also been cast, although it’s not yet clear what role she’ll be playing. It’s got a tentative release date of December 23, 2020, so keep your eyes peeled!
Not only is Peter Pan in for a live-action remake (helmed by Pete’s Dragon director David Lowery), but Tinker Bell is getting her first live-action flick, with Reese Witherspoon signed on to play the titular fairy.
The Sword in the Stone
Disney is pulling out all the stops in promoting its new streaming service, adding a live-action remake of its 1963 classic The Sword in the Stone to its already packed catalogue. Described as “a lighthearted view of the legend of King Arthur, focusing on the young Arthur being mentored by the magician Merlin," this adaptation boasts the unlikely team of Game of Thrones writer Bryan Cogman and 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo.
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