The Walt Disney Company have an annual mine for box office dominance in Star Wars and Marvel Cinematic Universe. But it seems they weren’t yet enough as the studio decided that it needs a third cinematic pillar: live-action remakes of its many beloved animated classics.
It really is understandable, though, given the successful Disney made with Cinderella and Maleficent. Not to mention Alice in Wonderland, The BFG and the highly successful The Jungle Book.
Now, with the impending release of live-action Beauty and the Beast, Disney also has a couple more films to make public. Actually, there’s more than 10 live-action adaptation lined up for Disney but here are the top 10 live-action remakes you probably don’t know were coming.
NIGHT ON BALD MOUNTAIN (FANTASIA)
Disney will bring to life the 1940 classic Fantasia scene where giant gargoyle-like rises above a city at night and little trolls dance around in some kind of wild hellfire. Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, the duo behind The Last Witch Hunter and Dracula Untold, will handle both writing and producing duties, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
THE SWORD IN THE STONE
The 1963 animated classic will also get a live-action treatment under the writing genius of Bryan Cogman. He is known as the writer-producer of HBO’s hit Game of Thrones. According to THR, Brigham Taylor will produce the said project. Taylor served as executive producer on all Pirates of the Caribbean films.
CHIP ‘N DALE: RESCUE RANGERS
The 1989 Disney cartoon TV series will get a CGI/live-action adaptation under the pitch of commercial director Robert Rugan. Mandeville Films/TV, a producer of The Muppets, will produce the movie, per IGN. The new Rescue Rangers will be Disney’s answer to Fox’s Alvin and the Chipmunks and Sony’s Smurfs.
Goth director Tim Burton of Alice in Wonderland fame will direct the 1941 live-action remake of the beloved animated classic. Polygon reports that the film will be written by Ehren Kruger, also the franchise writer of the Transformers series.
WINNIE THE POOH
Variety reports that the live-action reboot of Winnie the Pooh will be titled, Christopher Robin. Marc Foster will direct the film with Alex Ross Perry as its writer. The film will follow Robin, the little boy who befriends a lovable bear in the celebrated A.A. Milne books, as an adult.
Another Disney classic also to get a live-action treatment is the 1940 Pinocchio. Inspired by the 1883 children’s book The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi, the big-screen reboot will have Peter Hedges (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape) as a writer, as reported by Deadline.
According to E! News, Emma Stone is currently in early negotiations to play Cruella de Vil, the antagonist from 1961 101 Dalmatians. Glenn Close previously played the role in 1996 and 2000. With Angelina Jolie’s successful portrayal of Maleficent, perhaps Disney is looking for another villain to hit box office gold.
Robin Williams made a great impact as the genie in the 1992 Disney classic Aladdin. It probably was such a big impression so as Disney is set to release a standalone movie based on his character. According to Rolling Stone, the script will be written by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift of Friday the 13th fame.
Disney will bring to life Prince Charming’s brother as written by Matt Fogel of Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son. According to the Guardian, Prince Charming will not follow the titular character. But rather his brother who struggled to compete for thanks to the lack of charm.
Last but not the least, is the live-action adaptation of Tinker Bell from the 1953 animated classic Peter Pan. The film will have Reese Witherspoon as its star and also producer along with producing partner Bruna Papandrea.
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