After the box office success that was “Beauty and the Beast” (1.261 billion dollars), there is no way Disney will stop remaking our favorite cartoons as live-action flicks. So, which ones will we get to see in the near future?
Disney is going all out with remakes lately, and it seems like they are not going to stop. After a slower start with “Alice in Wonderland” (2010) and “Maleficent” (2014), they have obviously decided to kick it up a notch and hasten the production by giving us a live-action remake of their older hits every year (or even more often).
Recently they announced a whole list of new movies coming soon. Still, we are not really sure they will all be successful, but we are still curious to see who gets the honor to play iconic roles.
Check out the list to see if you are interested in any of the following.
1. Mary Poppins
A “Mary Poppins” remake is actually in the works for a while now, with Emily Blunt trying to fill in for Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins and Lin Manuel Miranda as Jack. We are feeling very optimistic about it. However, replacing Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke is a tall order, so Disney should be extra careful with this movie if they don’t want it to be destroyed by the critics. We still love the original, so it is really hard to be better than that.
Very little is known about the upcoming “Mulan” rework, however, we do know that it is expected to be released in November 2018 and that it will be brought to life by Niki Caro. Currently, there is no information on casting choices or what can we expect in terms of differences between the remake and the original. However, Niki Caro promises it to be a martial art epic full of thrilling action while still moving at the same time. The script was bought by Disney all the way back in 2015, but they have hired Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver to rewrite it.
3. The Lion King
We all knew it was just a matter of time before Disney decided to remake the most beloved animated movie they have put out so far. Since this movie features no people in it and we doubt Disney will do this with actual animals, this is, most probably, going to be a CGI-animated remake, which, honestly, we could probably do without as we already have an animated version of this movie, and it is brilliant. However, they have already cast a lot of the main roles and, when July 19, 2019, finally arrives we will get to hear Donald Glover as Simba, John Oliver as Zazu, Billy Eichner as Timon, Seth Rogen as Pumba, and, what most fans should really be excited about, James Earl Jones as Mufasa.
4. Cruella De Vil
Not a lot is known about this one either, but what we can expect is that “101 Dalmatians” will get the “Sleeping Beauty” treatment, meaning that we will get a story very similar in works to 2014’s Maleficent. What we know of Cruella is that she is an older lady who wants to skin the puppies and make herself a nice coat, this, as you can imagine is not considered a developed character, so, the movie is set to follow her earlier years and, Emma Stone is already in negotiations for the part of Ms. De Vil.
Unlike with some of their other remakes, Disney is making some noise with their plans to remake “Aladdin.” They have been very vocal about their search for the perfect actor to portray the titular role and have finally landed on Canadian actor Mena Massoud. Originally, the company wanted to go a different way with their new “Aladdin” movies.
Namely, they wanted to make a prequel called “Genies” but scrapped that idea so that we can get a live action “Aladdin.” However, the movie is not without its share of controversy. There was a slight uproar in the social media after Disney announced Naomi Scott as our new Jasmine and some don’t believe Will Smith can follow the late Robin Williams in the role of Genie.
Believe it or not, Disney has announced a “Dumbo” remake for 2019, however, we can expect a little more depressing and dark version of the movie since Tim Burton is going to direct it. We must say, we cannot imagine a very optimistic story coming from someone who is best known for making his movies quite nightmarish.