Upcoming Disney Live-Action Remakes

Here are all of the animated classics Disney is remaking in live-action!

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Dumbo

Dumbo

This was actually one of the first live-action remakes to be announced. Tim Burton is directing this new Dumbo story, and it marks the third collaboration with Disney for the filmmaker after Frankenweenie and Alice in Wonderland. Transformers and The Ring scribe Ehren Kruger penned the script, and Colin Farrell stars as a former circus star who finds his life turned upside down when he returns home from the war. He and his family are enlisted to care for the young Dumbo, but a pair of nefarious entrepreneurs played by Eva Green and Michael Keaton have other plans. The trailer was great and looks to feature Burton's signature zaniness, but still have an emotional core.

Release Date: March 29, 2019

Director: Tim Burton

Writer: Ehren Kruger

Cast: Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Eva Green, Danny DeVito, Nico Parker, and Finley Hobbins

Aladdin

Aladdin

Years ago, Disney was reportedly working on Genie spinoff movie, but it appears they've opted to go a different route with a straight-up Aladdin remake. Sherlock Holmes and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. director Guy Ritchie is set to take the helm, and he’s got good company in Big Fish scribe John August. Disney cast a wide net for newcomers to fill the lead roles, and it’s a musical, so the casting search was difficult but they landed on relative newcomer Mena Massoud for Aladdin and Power Rangers actress Naomi Scott for Jasmine. As for casting Genie, Disney went with Will Smith. The teaser trailer certainly captured the movie's dark and enchanting tone.

Release Date: May 24, 2019

Director: Guy Ritchie

Writer: John August

Cast: Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad, Billy Magnussen, and Will Smith

The Lion King

The Lion King

Fresh off the success of The Jungle Book, Disney enlisted director Jon Favreau to put the same technological wizardry to use on a new iteration of The Lion King. The project is on the fast track and is being developed at the same time as The Jungle Book 2, which Favreau also intends to direct. As of now, the plan is to include the iconic songs from the original film with new ones, and casting includes Darth Vader himself James Earl Jones who will reprise his role as Mufasa from the 1994 original, Donald Glover who will fill the role of Simba, John Oliver is Zazu, Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen are Timon and Pumbaa, and after months of courting, Beyonce finally signed on to play Nala.

Release Date: July 19, 2019

Director: Jon Favreau

Writer: Jeff Nathanson

Cast: James Earl Jones, Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, John Oliver, Alfre Woodard, John Kani, Beyonce

Mulan

Mulan

The studio’s live-action update of Mulan has Rise of the Planet of the Apes scribes Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver on screenwriting duty while Disney approached Oscar-winning Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon filmmaker Ang Lee to take the helm, but he passed. Recently, the studio set Whale Rider and McFarland, USA helmer Niki Caro to take directing duties, marking the studio’s second film budgeted over $100 million to be directed by a female filmmaker after Ava DuVernay tackled this year's A Wrinkle in Time. Chinese actress Lui Yifei has been cast in the title role and other cast members include Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee, and Jet Li who will play the Emperor of China.

Release Date: March 27, 2020

Director: Niki Caro

Writers: Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver

Cast: Lui Yifei, Yoson An, Jason Scott Lee, Donnie Yen, Gong Li, Ron Yuan, Jimmy Wong, Doua Moua, Chen Tang, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Chum Ehelepola, Xana Tang, and Jet Li

Lady and the Tramp

Lady and the Tramp

Set to debut exclusively on Disney's streaming service is their live-action adaptation of the 1955 film Lady and the Tramp. Directing is animation aficionado Charlie Bean and indie filmmaker Andrew Bujalski is writing the script. Filming is currently underway in Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia with a cast that includes Ashley Jensen as the Scottish Terrier, Jackie (changed from Jock in the original version) Justin Theroux as Tramp, Tessa Thompson as Lady, Kiersey Clemons as Lady's owner Darling and Thomas Mann as her husband Jim Dear. Look for it after the Disney streaming service arrives next year.

Release Date: TBA

Director: Charlie Bean

Writer: Andrew Bujalski

Cast: Tessa Thompson, Justin Theroux, Ashley Jensen, Kiersey Clemons, and Thomas Mann

Lilo & Stitch

Lilo & Stitch

Just announced by the studio, a live-action version of Lilo & Stitch will be produced by Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich. Writing the screenplay is scribe Mike Van Waes which will be based don the 2002 animated film of the same name. No word on casting or directors yet. This one may go straight to Disney's upcoming streaming service.

Release Date: TBA

Director: TBA

Writer: Mike Van Waes

Cast: TBA

Peter Pan

Peter Pan

Based on the strength of his work in bringing a new version of Pete’s Dragon to life, Disney quickly signed filmmaker David Lowery to craft a new take on the Peter Pan story. In the wake of Warner Bros.’ failure Pan there appears to be no rush as Lowery just released his new drama called The Old Man and the Gun, but he continues to develop the Peter Pan script simultaneously.

Release Date: TBA

Director: David Lowery

Writers: David Lowery and Toby Halbrooks

Cast: TBA

Pinocchio

Pinocchio

A new version of Pinocchio has been in the works at various studios over the years, with folks like Robert Downey Jr. and Paul Thomas Anderson flirting with various adaptations, but Disney has a live-action version of its own in development. In 2015, Dan in Real Life scribe Peter Hedges came on to pen the screenplay, but Rogue One: A Star Wars Story scribe Chris Weitz subsequently came aboard to rewrite the script and produce. Helmer of the James Bond film Skyfall, Sam Mendes, who was previously attached to James and the Giant Peach, was attached to direct for a while but eventually exited the project.

Release Date: TBA

Director: TBA

Writer: Chris Weitz

Cast: TBA

Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist

Disney is developing a new spin on Oliver Twist with Ice Cube starring and producing, and Hamilton director Tommy Kail at the helm. The idea is to put a hip-hop spin on the Charles Dickens story, which was previously turned into the animated feature Oliver and Company. Cube will play Fagin and will also serve as co-writer with Jeff Kwatinetz. Cube and Fagin will also serve as co-producers, with Marc Platt of Wicked fame, as well. 

Release Date: TBA

Director: Tommy Kail

Writer: TBA

Cast: Ice Cube

James and the Giant Peach

James and the Giant Peach

Disney is developing a new adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic James and the Giant Peach, which was previously turned into a stop-motion animated film. Skyfall and American Beauty director Sam Mendes was in talks to take the helm with novelist/screenwriter Nick Hornby penning the script, but Mendes has subsequently departed the project. It’s still early days on this one, but it’s definitely in the works.

Release Date: TBA

Director: TBA

Writer: Nick Hornby

Cast: TBA

Cruella

Cruella

Oscar-winner Emma Stone is attached to star as the titular villain in a Cruella de Vil movie aptly named Cruella, and that’s about as much as we know at the moment. The Devil Wears Prada scribe Aline Brosh McKenna was the first to take a crack at the script, and then Saving Mr. Banks and Fifty Shades of Grey writer Kelly Marcelwas brought in for a rewrite. Stone’s schedule is mighty busy, but one imagines she’ll find time for this showcase project when it finally materializes.

Release Date: TBA

Director: TBA

Writers: Aline Brosh McKenna and Kelly Marcel

Cast: Emma Stone

Tink

Tink

This one has also been in development for some time. A live-action Tinkerbell movie first materialized as a star-vehicle for Elizabeth Banks, but she dropped out due to her busy schedule. Reese Witherspoon is now set to bring Tink to life with Finding Dory screenwriter Victoria Strouse penning the script. In the vein of Maleficent, the conceit attempts to tell audiences “the story you don’t know” about the Peter Pan character.

Release Date: TBA

Director: TBA

Writer: Victoria Strouse

Cast: Reese Witherspoon

The Sword in the Stone

The Sword in the Stone

What better excuse for Disney to delve into the fantasy realm than a new version of The Sword in the Stone? There’s not much to go on here just yet aside from Game of Thrones scribe Bryan Cogman penning the screenplay. Most recently, Disney entered talks with 28 Weeks Later helmer Juan Carlos Fresnadillo to direct.

Release Date: TBA

Director: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo

Writer: Bryan Cogman

Cast: TBA

The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid

This one is still in early development, but if Disney intends on remaking all of the “Disney Renaissance” films of the 90s, you can be sure The Little Mermaid will be included. As of now, we know that original songwriter Alan Menken is returning to compose and write songs alongside Moana composer, Hamilton creator, and The Little Mermaid superfan Lin-Manuel Mirandawho will also produce. Rob Marshall is the studio's top choice to direct after his success with Into the Woods, they supposedly want Jane Goldman to pen the script, and former Disney star Lindsay Lohan has campaigned for titular part, but Zendaya has been rumored for role. Chris Evans also expressed interest in joining the cast, and Lady Gaga is said to be in negotiations with the studio to play Ursula in the film.

Release Date: TBA

Director: TBA

Writer: TBA

Cast: TBA

Night on Bald Mountain

Night on Bald Mountain

This one will retell the darkest and scariest segment of the original musical journey Fantasia. Night on Bald Mountain is based on Modest Muggorsky's series of stories. This will be a difficult movie to make as the original short film is only a few minutes long, but it will most definitely draw more from the original written works. Dracula Untold, The Last Witch Hunter, Gods of Egypt, and Power Rangers co-writers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless are currently penning the script for this dark fantasy film. 

Release Date: TBA

Director: TBA

Writers: Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless 

Cast: TBA

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs/Rose Red

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs/Rose Red

There are now two live-action remakes of Disney's first-ever animated feature film in the works. One will actually focus on Snow White's sister Rose Red while the other will be a direct remake. Currently, Chloe and The Girl on the Train writer Erin Cressida Wilson in negotiations to write the script for a reimagining of the original classic while Pasek and Paul, who wrote songs for La La Land, The Greatest Showman and the upcoming Aladdin film, are writing new songs for the film.

Release Date: TBA

Director: TBA

Writer: Erin Cressida Wilson

Cast: TBA

Prince Charming

Prince Charming

This isn't another remake of the 1950 fairy tale, but since Kenneth Branagh's live-action retelling was so successful, Disney is making a movie about her Prince. After scripting Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast and finding success as a director on films like The Perks of Being a Wallflower and WonderStephen Chbosky was tapped to spearhead a live-action twist on Prince Charming. The idea is to offer a revisionist take on the character popularized in Snow WhiteCinderella, and Sleeping Beauty by telling the story from the point of view of his brother, who never quite lived up to the family name. Chbosky is writing with an eye to direct so while this one isn’t greenlit just yet, it’s very much in the works. The character was also played by Chris Pine, while his brother was played by Billy Magnussen, in the live-action Disney musical Into the Woods.

Release Date: TBA

Director: Stephen Chbosky

Writer: Stephen Chbosky

Cast: TBA

Nottingham & Hood

Nottingham & Hood

One of Disney's most beloved classics is their version of the legendary tale of a folk hero who brings outlaw justice to England, Robin Hood. Now, Disney is remaking that story in Nottingham & Hood. The studio is hoping this film will begin a new adventure franchise in the same vein as Pirates of the Caribbean.

Release Date: TBA

Director: TBA

Writer: TBA

Cast: TBA

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