It isn’t surprising to find that after the smashing success that is Beauty and the Beast, Disney is full speed ahead with their live action remakes. To date, there are over 20 remakes planned for the coming years… some are already filming while others are still heavily in the works. Let’s take a look at the movies that we’re looking forward to and some that we could definitely do without.
It looks like the Disney remake fairies were watching The Geekiverse Show when the ladies were talking about the animated classics we’d like to see remade, because this was the one that I said I would love to see. Not much is known about the Peter Pan remake as of yet, but with so many incarnations already in existence, Disney will have to find a way to set themselves apart from all the other versions that have come before. Supposedly, it will be similar to the original story by J.M. Barrie… that’s a relief… I cannot handle another disaster like Pan.
Similar to Peter Pan, not much is known about this remake just yet. There is no director, no cast, and no release date announced yet-but we do have the tentative story line. Christopher Robin, now a grown man, returns to the Hundred Acre Wood and finds his long lost friends–Pooh Bear, Piglet, Tigger, and the others–still there, waiting for him. For fans of the original stories of that silly old bear, you might want to bring your tissues because this is sure to be a tearjerker.
Though not much has been announced in regards to release date or cast, Disney is in the works to recreate their very first original animated classic. It’s doubtful that Kristen Stewart will be reprising her role as Snow White, but it’s been rumored that it will have a similar dark feel to Snow White and the Huntsman. Oh! And did we mention it’ll feature new songs? LaLaLand song writers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul are writing new songs for this remake. Probably a good thing, since “Someday My Prince Will Come” is a painfully dated song that paints Snow White as anything but a strong, independent female.
This is a surprise to most. The Sword in the Stone, while not nearly as popular as any of the other fairy tale classics, is an exciting addition to this line up. The story tells of a young King Arthur and his friendship with the wizard, Merlin. Not much is known yet but we do know that writer and producer for the hit show Game of Thrones, Bryan Cogman, is one of the writers behind this remake. Maybe he’ll throw a few dragons and white walkers in this version!
Similar to Maleficent, Cruella will show us the story of 101 Dalmatians from the villain’s point of view. 101 Dalmatians was already remade into a live action film back in the 1990s, so it’s safe to say that this will definitely be a reimagining. Originally, Meryl Streep was rumored to play the fur loving villain but recent reports have tied Emma Stone to the film. This makes us think that Cruella could be a prequel with a younger Cruella DeVil… though I know we’re all wondering why we couldn’t just get Glenn Close to reprise her role.
Mermaids are a hot commodity right now and, even though Universal is coming out with their own version of The Little Mermaid, Disney is also working on recreating their classic tale. This film has been “in the works” for over two years now-two directors have stepped down and Chloe Grace-Mortez, who was set to play Ariel, has taken a hiatus from acting… so it looks like we are without a cast, director, and release date. But we do know that Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda (of Hamilton and Moana fame) are working together to write new songs for this remake. That being said, does that mean that we won’t be hearing any of the original songs?
This is a film that many at the Geekiverse are excited to see (here’s looking at you, Sam). With the endless threat of Hollywood white washing their casts, it’s a relief to see that Disney recently announced an open casting call… in the Middle East. It looks like our Aladdin and Jasmine and company will not suffer from the white wash epidemic hitting Hollywood lately. This, on top of the fact that we should be hearing all of those familiar songs that we know and love, should make this remake a win.
This remake is a bit controversial because The Lion King is an all-time favorite for many people. The director of 2016’s The Jungle Book, Jon Favreau, is set to direct this remake which, to me, is a bit disappointing. The Jungle Book was nothing but green screens and CGI so The Lion King won’t so much be a live action remake, but more of a computer animated feature film. However, it looks like all the original iconic songs will still be present and we even get James Earl Jones to return as Mufasa.
Of all the live action remakes in the queue, Dumbo is definitely the strangest to me. The original, while a tearjerker, was also slightly frightening and confusing at times. Tim Burton is set to direct this remake so we are guaranteed to see the creepiness of the original cartoon in the remake (and more than likely, a little Helena Bonham Carter). Some big names are in the process of being signed on, including Tom Hanks as the ring master (this might be the first time we see Hanks as a villain!).
The historic Chinese ballad that tells of a young woman disguising herself as a man to take her father’s place in the army was made into an epic musical back in 1998 and it is the next live action remake we can expect from Disney. With an opening date set for November 2, 2018, the film is currently looking for Chinese actors that can speak fluent English and Mandarin for the film. While we won’t have the character of Captain Li Shang or any of the songs (RIP I’ll Make a Man Out of You), we can expect this film to respect the fact that this is a Chinese story with a cast from China, scenery from China, and an iconic tale of bravery straight from China.
Of course, these aren’t the only rumors about live action remakes coming out in the next few years. We can also expect remakes of the stop motion and slightly terrifying James and the Giant Peach, a new origin story called Genies, a retelling of the fairy tale Snow White and Rose Red, Pinocchio, and even a Chip and Dale film! And there are some films coming that no one is really asking for such as The Jungle Book 2 and Maleficent 2 – both of which are still heavily in the works.
If you’re a fan of these live action remakes that Disney has been pumping out these last few years, then you can sit back and enjoy because this is quite the line up coming our way.
What remake do you wish made it on the list? Let us know in the comments!
Amanda Woomer-Limpert is the Geekiverse’s Disney correspondent and is still hoping that The Hunchback of Notre Dame will someday be added to this ever growing list of remakes.
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