Earlier this week, we gave you a look at some of the endless live-action remakes Disney has in the works. With the success of Maleficent, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book, Walt Disney Pictures has been on a roll lately. They’ve announced live-action remakes of dozens of their classic animated films.
When I set out to list all of the upcoming Disney remakes in development, I quickly realized there were far too many for one article. So, without further ado, let’s get back to the list:
Night on Bald Mountain
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Don’t remember a Disney film called “Night on Bald Mountain”? Don’t worry, you aren’t crazy. It’s actually only part of a film. “Night on Bald Mountain” was a particularly dark sequence in 1940’s Fantasia. It’s being adapting into a live-action film by Dracula Untold writers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless.
Technically, this is one of two Fantasia sequences being adapted for live-action. Earlier this year, Disney announced the “Nutcracker Suite” sequence is to become The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.
Cinderella has already been remade in live-action in 2015. But it looks like there’s still life in the story. Last year, Disney announced plans for Prince Charming, a film based on the brother of Cinderella’s beau.
Just this week, Walt Disney Pictures announced plans to remake their 1992 classic, Aladdin. Sherlock Holmes director Guy Ritchie is in talks to helm the live-action version.
Previously, Disney had plans for a live-action prequel called Genies. The film was canned after the studio learned Robin Williams’ will prevented them from using his likeness.
The Sword in the Stone
In 2015, the Hollywood Reporter reported that Disney was developing a live-action remake of The Sword in the Stone. It would likely be a much darker approach. The screenwriter for the film is Game of Thrones writer/producer Bryan Cogman. (At least he’s familiar with swords!)
Remaking Walt Disney’s seminal masterpiece, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, may seem like blasphemy. But it looks like Disney may have found an original slant on the material. In March 2016, the studio announced a live-action film called Rose Red. It would still tell the classic tale of Snow White, but it would be from the point of view of Snow’s sister, Rose. Writer Evan Daugherty should know the story pretty well — he also wrote Snow White and the Huntsman for Universal Pictures.
The Little Mermaid
In August of this year, Disney announced plans to remake 1989’s The Little Mermaid. Fortunately, the studio knows better than to mess with a good thing. They’ve brought composer Alan Menken back to rework his famous songs from the original. Even better? They’ve paired him with Hamilton creator and songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda.
The Lion King
At last, we come to the granddaddy of them all. Disney’s 1994 film, The Lion King, is considered by many critics to be the best animated film ever made. After the success of The Jungle Book earlier this year, Disney has tasked director Jon Favreau with remaking The Lion King.
Believe it or not, there are actually even more Disney remakes in the works. The others aren’t technically part of the Disney canon, though.
A live-action/CGI version of Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers is being prepared. Disney is also working on Nottingham & Hood, a potential new franchise aiming for the same tone as the Pirates of the Caribbean films. While technically not a remake, Disney has already covered the material in their 1973 animated film, Robin Hood.
Some sort of live-action/animated hybrid version of Winnie the Pooh is also in the works at Disney. The new film would see an adult Christopher Robin returning to the Hundred Acre Wood.
Disney recently announced plans to adapt Lloyd Alexander’s Chronicles of Prydain books into a live-action franchise. One of the studio’s least successful animated films, The Black Cauldron, was also based on the Prydain series.
Acclaimed director Sam Mendes is also in talks to direct a live-action version of James and the Giant Peach. The original film was released in 1996 and was based on the novel by Roald Dahl.