Upcoming Disney Live-Action Remakes

Here are all of the animated classic 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, but we haven’t heard too many updates. As far as we know, 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. When the project was first announced, Transformers and The Ring scribe Ehren Kruger penned the script, and while Will Smith flirted with one of three main human roles early on, he ultimately passed. Colin Farrell now 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.

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 cast Will Smith after Kevin Hart reportedly passed.

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

Christopher Robin

Christopher Robin

This one's a bit of a cheat as it's not a direct remake of an animated movie, but more of a sequel to the Winnie the Pooh movies. Recently, 007's Quantum of Solace and Finding Neverland director Marc Forster signed on to take the helm. The story of Christopher Robin will revolve around the adult version of the titular character who has since grown out of the joyful imagination he had as a young boy. The now-businessman's life is upended when Pooh shows up on his doorstep looking for help. Oscar-winning Spotlight co-writer/director and Up co-writer Tom McCarthy subsequently signed on to rewrite the script. Ewan McGregor plays grown-up Christopher Robin, Hayley Atwell portrays his wife, BBC's Sherlock star and creator Mark Gatiss plays his boss, legendary voice actor Jim Cummings plays Winnie, Nick Mohammed plays Piglet, Everybody Loves Raymond's Brad Garrett is Eyeore, Chris O'Dowd is Tigger, Doctor Who himself Peter Capaldi is Rabbit, Sophie Okonedo is Kanga, and Captain America actor Toby Jones is Owl.

Release Date: August 3, 2019

Director: Marc Forster

Writers: Alex Ross Perry, Tom McCarthy

Cast: Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Jim Cummings, Brad Garrett, Nick Mohammed, Sophie Okonedo, Toby Jones, Chris O'Dowd, Peter Capaldi, and Mark Gatiss

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.

Release Date: 2019

Director: Niki Caro

Writers: Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver

Cast: Lui Yifei

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 is currently preparing to direct a 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

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

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

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.

Release Date: TBA

Director: TBA

Writer: TBA

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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