Upcoming Disney Live-Action Films
Find out which movies Disney is bringing to the big screen!
All Of Disney's Live-Action Films Currently In Development!
Taking a major risk, Walt Disney Studios remade their classic 1951 animated film Alice in Wonderland in 2010 with director Tim Burton. Fortunately, the gamble paid off and that film grossed over $1 billion worldwide. Since then the Mouse House has produced several live-action remakes of their classic animated films. With the continued success of Maleficent, Cinderella, The Jungle Book, Pete's Dragon, and Beauty and the Beast, they won't be stopping anytime soon. Find out which movies are getting remade below, as well as some of the other original projects the studio will bring to the big screen in the coming years.
A Wrinkle In Time
Ava Duvernay directs this fantastical film based on the classic book and old Disney TV movie. The cast is outstanding including Storm Reid, Levi Miller, Deric McCabe, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Pena, Andrew Holland, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Zach Galifinakis, and Chris Pine. The movie looks magnificent with some incredible special effects helping tell this emotional story. It's sure to be another huge hit for the studio when it opens in theaters on March 9, 2018.
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
Directed by Lasse Hallstrom, this film brings the book and musical to life on screen. Featuring an excellent cast including Mackenzie Foy, Miranda Heart, Eugenio Derbez, Ellie Bamber, Misty Copeland, Keira Knightley, Morgan Freeman, and Helen Mirren, the story will be a musical featuring astounding dance choreography and dazzling special effects. The movie opens into theaters on November 2, 2018.
Mary Poppins Returns
Next Christmas, Disney will release the sequel to Mary Poppins. Over fifty years in the making, this follow-up to the original musical starring Julie Andrews will have Emily Blunt in the title role returning to the home of the Banks children to find them grown and their children in need of some fun. The film is directed by Rob Marshall and also stars Lin Manuel-Miranda, Emily Mortimer, Ben Whishaw, Pixie Davies, Joel Dawson, Nathanael Saleh, Dick Van Dyke, Colin Firth, Angela Lansbury, and Meryl Streep. The movie is set to be released on December 25, 2018.
A live-action reimagining of Disney's classic animated film Dumbo is coming to the big screen from the mind of visionary director Tim Burton. The movie stars Colin Farrell, Eva Green, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Nico Parker, and Finley Hobbins. Bringing this tale to life is sure to be a challenge but one that Burton is up to. The film will arrive in theaters on March 29,2019.
The Lion King
After giving audiences an amazing new version of The Jungle Book, director Jon Favreau is bringing us into the Circle of Life with a remake of The Lion King. The Academy Award winning animated movie is a classic in every way, but this new one will make it all seem even more real. With the groundbreaking technology used in The Jungle Book, this is gonna be a sight to behold, so hakuna matata naysayers. This one stars Donald Glover, James Earl Jones, BIlly Eichner, Seth Rogen, and John Oliver and will hit theaters on July 19, 2019.
Recently it was annoucned that Niki Carro will direct this adaptation of the 1998 animated hit with Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver writing the script. No casting announcements have been made, and while the studio originally slated the film for release on November 2, 2018 the movie has been pushed back to 2019.
The cast of Aladdin was just announced to include Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomie Scott as Jasmine, and Will Smith as Genie. Guy Ritchie is directing the movie which is set to begin filming in August 2017. Alan Menken will return to score the film with La La Land composers Pasek and Paul while Game of Thrones scribe Vanessa Taylor will rewrite the script.
Mega-star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is set to lead a movie based on the popular Jungle Cruise attraction at Disney theme parks. The movie is said to be a period piece in the same vein as Humphrey Bogart's The African Queen. Johnson wants Wonder Woman helmer Patty Jenkins to direct, but no writers or directors have been attached to the project yet.
Set to portray a younger version of Cruella de Vil is actress Emma Stone fresh off her Oscar win for La La Land. Alex Timbers is currently in negotiations to direct the movie about the 101 Dalmatians villainess. In 1996, Glen Close played the character in a live-action adaptation of the original 1961 animated film.
The Little Mermaid
Moana's musical genius Lin Manuel-Miranda will compose music for this live-action remake alongside the the man who scored the original film, Alan Menken. No writer or director are attached yet, but Chloe Grace-Moretz was rumored to play the lead role of Ariel recently.
Playing the role of Tinker Bell, Reese Witherspoon has signed on to this project which will focus on the titular fairy. A crossover between this and the studios live-action Peter Pan movie could happen int he future. It's unclear if the Tink movie will be about a younger Tinker Bell or an older version of the character.
The Sword in the Stone
Writer Bryan Cogman is currently penning the script for this live-action remake of the animated take on the classic legend of King Arthur. The story follows a young Arthur as a squire who doesn't find the fabled sword until the end of the movie. A live-action version could be a great movie with plenty of humor and fantasy action.
Sky High 2
A long-awaited sequel to the superhero movie Sky High is now in development. No returning cast members have been confirmed and there are no writers or director hired as of yet.
James and the Giant Peach
James Bond director Sam Mendes was in talks to direct a new version for James and the Giant Peach based on the children novel. However, he dropped out to helm their version of Pinocchio instead, and now the project has no director or writer.
From the beginning of the first movie the writers always envisioned it as the first part in a trilogy and even had actors Billy Campbell and Jennifer Connelly signed on for more movies. Unfortunately the film didn't do that well at the box office, but over time it's gained a cult following and now the studio is ready to make a sequel. Now Max Winkler and Matt Spicer are writing the screenpaly which will see a young black female pilot in the lead role as she must find Cliff Secord as he's gone missing while fighting the Nazis and must keep the jetpack technology out of the hands of corrupt scientists during the onset of the Cold War. Titled, The Rocketeers, the movie has many directors interested in helming the movie including Gina Price-Bythewood, Peter Ramsey, Darnell Martin, and Amma Asante.
Director of the recent Hamilton musical Thomas Kail will direct this new live-action musical version of the Oliver Twist tale which the 1988 Oliver & Company animated film was based on. This one stars Ice Cube as Fagin who also wrote the script along with Jeff Kwatinez.
Taking on this iconic animated movie by bringing it to live-action is not uncommon, but doing so with a James Bond director is. Sam Mendes is developing a live-action remake of the 1940 animated movie with Chris Weitz penning the script for the film.
Alex Ross Perry, Tom McCarthy, and Allison Schroeder wrote a script for a movie about an adult Christopher Robin returning to the Hundred-Acre Wood to meet Pooh and the gang again after some time away. Marc Forster will direct the movie which has cast Ewan McGregor in the lead role with Gemma Arterton in talks to play his wife Evelyn.
Nottingham & Hood
Disney hired writer Brandon Barker to pen a screenplay for a new action film starring Robin Hood. The 1973 animated movie is a beloved classic which has only gained notoriety over the years. The studio is potentially looking for this to be their next big Pirates of the Caribbean-esque adventure franchise.
This project has been in development hell for years with Charlie Angles and Terminator: Salvation helmer McG originally attached to direct 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo as a film which was "much more in keeping with the spirit of the novel" than Richard Fleischer's 1954 film, in which it will reveal "what Aronnax is up to and the becoming of Captain Nemo, and how the man became at war with war itself." The director wanted either Will Smith or Sam Worthington for the lead role, but eventually he left the movie and Gone Girl director David Fincher took over, opting for Brad Pitt as the title character. When Pitt dropped out Fincher wanted Channing Tatum to take the main role, but the studio wanted Chris Hemsworth and soon he abandoned the film. James Mangold, director of Walk the Line, 3:10 To Yuma, Knight and Day, and Logan, is now on board to direct the movie with no star attached yet.
Coming off the success of Peter's Dragon remake, director David Lowery is now set to helm a live-action retelling of the 1953 animated hit Peter Pan. He did a great job with his adaptation of the 1977 musical adventure and he's a good fit for this material. No writers or casting decisions have been announced yet.
Night on Bald Mountain
The most frightening segment of 1940's animated film Fantasia is Night on Bald Mountain. This tale of death and destruction depicts a creatures horrifying a small town. The new take on the tale will be written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless. No director or cast have been announced.
The story of Snow White's sister Rose Red isn't well known, but that will change when Disney makes it into a live-action film. The spin-off film will take place during the events of the classic fairy tale from Rose Red's perspective. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfes is also getting a remake from writer Erin Cressida Wilson and songs by Pasek and Paul of La La Land fame.
The Black Hole
Back in 2009, Disney began developing a remake of their 1979 sci-fi adventure film The Black Hole, but not much has happened since. Prometheus and Doctor Strange writer Jon Spaihts wrote the screenplay which was considered "too dark" for a Disney movie. Tron: Legacy and Oblivion helmer Joseph Kosinski was even attached to direct the movie, but has since dropped the project. Spaihts, said in a recent interview,"Black Hole was an amazing experience. That was one of those movies I was stuck on until I cracked the beginning, and suddenly it just started to flow. I loved that script. It sits uneasily in Disney’s world as a dark epic, and Disney is in a very colorful place. They already have multiple big space epics going, so I don’t know how or whether it’ll find its way to light of day, but I sure wrote a heck of a movie and was thrilled to do it. It was very faithful to the original but clever in all the ways in that first film was silly, I hope."
The Haunted Mansion
Film auteur Guillermo del Toro was supposed to direct this film based on the Disney theme park ride, but he suddenly left the director's chair. Now del Toro will co-write with D.V. DeVincentis. Ryan Gosling has been in negotiations to star in the movie.
Tower of Terror
John August is writing a script for a full-length feature film based on the Twilight Zone attraction at Disney Parks. It's unclear if this will be a period piece or if this new version will be set in the modern day.
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