It seems like they're announcing new Disney live-action remakes every day. Indeed, they've already started being produced and hitting theaters, with The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast seeing great success. Live-action Disney movies are as successful as ever right now, and the company hopes that it can capture even more magic with remakes of some of its best films.
It's hard to say which new project is garnering the most attention because they will all likely cause quite the commotion. Whether it be the live-action Aladdin starring Will Smith as the genie or The Little Mermaid with Lin-Manuel Miranda attached to handle the music, each film comes with its own kind of blockbuster news.
Here's everything there is to know right now about the upcoming live-action remakes of classic animated Disney movies.
In January, 2019, Disney announced its intention to add Victor Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre Dame to its live-action remake lineup - though no premiere date has been set. Actor Josh Gad - known for his voice of Olaf in Frozen, his role as Le Fou in the live re-make of Beauty and the Beast, and his figurative Elder Arnold Cunningham in Broadway's The Book of Mormon - will reportedly star. Deadline reported the working title is merely Hunchback and will allegedly feature a soundtrack by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz. David Henry Hwang, a Tony-winning playwright (M. Butterfly) will write the musical adaptation.
Playbill reports Hunchback "Will lift from Disney's earlier film and Victor Hugo's original novel, as has been the case for the studio's recent remakes. It will likely not feature material from the stage adaptation."
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On March 19, 2018, The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Disney is planning a live-action remake of Lady and the Tramp, directed by Charlie Bean. In October of 2018, the Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Janelle Monae will be playing the role of Peg, "the wise-cracking pound dog" first voiced by singer Peggy Lee in the 1955 animated feature. Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux have been cast as the respective titular characters, Lady (originally voiced by Barbara Luddy) and Tramp (originally voiced by Larry Roberts). The 2019 film will include computer-generated imagery (CGI) alongside live-action shots and is speculated to be the first live-action remake Disney will debut exclusively on its digital streaming service.
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On October 3, 2018, Disney announced that the 2002 animated feature Lilo & Stitch is getting the live-active treatment. Disney hired Mike Van Waes to write the script, with the duo behind the Aladdin remake - Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich - producing.
The original animation focuses on the bond between a lonely, Elvis-obsessed Hawaiian girl, Lilo, and a destructive alien banned from his home, Stitch. The 2002 movie did not have wild box office success, but it did gain a somewhat cult following and led to a few direct-to-video sequels.
It is unknown whether or not the remake will get a theatrical release, or if it will premiere on the company's exclusive streaming platform like the Lady and the Tramp remake.
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Tim Burton is directing the Dumbo remake slated to come out March 29, 2019. Though a central role was offered to Will Smith, the Fresh Prince passed and the movie stars Colin Farrell 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," according to Collider.
The movie, written by Ehren Kruger (who penned three of the Transformers films) has started production in England.
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