Disney is remaking a number of animated classics into live-action movies.
Halle Bailey will play Ariel in a live-action remake of "The Little Mermaid."
Disney is also developing a prequel to "The Lion King" with Oscar-winning director Barry Jenkins along with adaptations of "Pinocchio" and "Peter Pan."
If you loved Disney's live-action "The Jungle Book" and take on "Maleficent," the Mouse House is bringing even more animated classics back to life.
From fairy-tales like "The Little Mermaid," to classics such as "Pinocchio," Disney's live-action list continues to grow with more than a dozen in the works.
Some of the movies that have been announced are complete remakes of their animated counterparts, while others are based on origin stories or sequels to existing live-action adaptations.
Emma Stone will play the "101 Dalmatians" villain in "Cruella."
Glenn Close played the villainous Cruella de Vil in the 1996 live-action remake of the animated movie.
The new movie is planned to be an origin story for the fashionista villain, directed by Craig Gillespie ("I, Tonya"). At Disney's 2019 D23 Expo, Stone described the movie as "1970s, set in London, and punk rock" in a message to fans.
According to Disney's official description of the film, released after its 2020 investor's day, Cruella's name is Estella. Emma Thompson will also star in the film as the Baroness, the head of a fashion house who takes Estella under her wing.
The film was moved back from December 23, 2020. On investor's day, Disney simply said its set for a 2021 release, but reports have said that the film will premiere on May 28, 2021.
Disney is working on its own "Little Mermaid" remake with new music from Lin-Manuel Miranda and Alan Menken.
Alan Menken, who worked on the music for the original film, will return for the new movie, which will include songs from Menken and legendary Disney lyricist Howard Ashman. There will also be new songs from Menken and Miranda.
Disney announced 19-year-old singer Halle Bailey will play the lead role of Ariel in July 2019.
"After an extensive search, it was abundantly clear that Halle possesses that rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence, and substance — plus a glorious singing voice — all intrinsic qualities necessary to play this iconic role," producer Rob Marshall said in a statement released by the studio.
Awkwafina, Daveed Diggs, Jacob Tremblay, Javier Bardem, Melissa McCarthy, are also among the cast. There is no set release date for the film.
Disney's successful 2019 adaptation of "The Lion King" is getting a prequel.
During its 2020 investors day presentation, Disney confirmed Oscar-winning director Barry Jenkins ("Moonlight") will direct the follow-up.
The film won't be a direct remake of the animated sequel, "The Lion King II: Simba's Pride." Instead, it will explore Mufasa's origins.
"We are in development on an inspired prequel of sorts that revisits these iconic characters," Walt Disney Studios president, Sean Bailey, said in December 2020.
It's little surprise the film is receiving the sequel treatment. The film is Disney's most successful animated remake, grossing more than $1.6 billion worldwide.
Popular duo Chip n' Dale are getting a hybrid live-action and animated film based on the animated series "Rescue Rangers."
"Chip N' Dale: Rescue Rangers" was first reported in 2014 by The Hollywood Reporter. The CGI-hybrid will be directed by Akiva Schaffer, who's a part of the comedy trio The Lonely Island.
Disney's Sean Bailey confirmed Mulaney and Samberg will star as the rascally chipmunks with Seth Rogan making a cameo. It is currently set for a spring 2022 release date.
Disney's second animated film "Pinocchio" is being adapted into a live-action version with Tom Hanks.
Deadline first reported the movie in 2015, which will be brought to life using CGI.
After "Paddington" director Paul King left the project over the 2018 holidays, according to cinematographer Seamus McGarvey, Robert Zemeckis ("Back to the Future," "Forrest Gump") has signed on to direct the movie.
He'll be reteaming with Tom Hanks, who will star as the puppet's creator and father, Geppetto.
"Peter Pan & Wendy" will be a remake of Disney's 1953 animated film "Peter Pan."
David Lowry, who directed "Pete's Dragon," will reimagine "Peter Pan."
Lowry told Collider in 2016 that he's a big fan of the film and intends to bring his own spin to the material.
"It made a huge impact on how I grew up. I love the cartoon. I love the 2003 version. I didn't know how I would do it better," said Lowry. "Then, I started thinking, 'Well, how would I do it, not better, but differently?'"
The film will now premiere on Disney Plus at a later date.
Disney is set to release a live-action adaptation of "Lilo & Stitch."
The DisInsider reports the film will head to Disney's streaming service.
Disney is working on an adaptation of 1996's "Hunchback of Notre Dame."
According to Deadline, a live-action version of Disney's 1996 movie about an orphaned Quasimodo living in the bell tower of Notre Dame is in the works. Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz, who teamed up on "Pocahontas," will write the music while Josh Gad ("Frozen") is producing.
Deadline reports the live-action film will adapt both the 1996 Disney film and the Victor Hugo novel. It's not clear whether or not the remake will be for Disney's streaming service or a theatrical release.
A sequel to the live-action "Aladdin" is in the works.
Variety reports John Gatins and Andrea Berloff are writing a sequel to the 2019 film with producers Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich returning.
Lin told Insider back in August 2019 they were discussing a sequel.
"I can't talk too much about the sequel just yet, but know that we are hearing fans' desires to see another 'Aladdin' movie and feel like there's more story to tell," Lin told Insider after the film crossed $1 billion at the box office.
Stars Will Smith, Mena Massoud, and Naomi Scott haven't joined and won't be given offers until a script is finished.
Disney released two popular direct-to-video sequels for "Aladdin" in the '90s, including "The Return of Jafar" and "Aladdin and the King of Thieves." Variety reports the sequel will be completely original and not based on the straight-to-video films.
Disney has not officially announced the sequel.
"Robin Hood" is getting remade for Disney Plus.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the remake will be directed by Carlos Lopez Estrada and will head to Disney Plus.
Disney is remaking 1963's "The Sword in the Stone," which follows a young King Arthur and his lessons with the wizard Merlin.
The movie will also be available on Disney's streaming service.
A live-action "Hercules" is expected to get a theatrical release.
The DisInsider first reported the 1997 animated film about the son of Zeus will get a live-action remake.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Avengers: Endgame" directors Anthony and Joe Russo will produce, but not direct, the film.
Danny DeVito and James Woods lent their voices in the animated film. Ariana Grande recently performed a solo six-part harmony of the movie's "I Won't Say I'm In Love," prompting many fans to suggest she'd be the perfect Meg. It's unclear at this time whether or not music will be a part of the film.
"Bambi" will be getting remade for a new generation.
According to Variety, the remake of the 1942 film won't be live-action with a real deer, rabbit, and skunk. Disney will utilize the technology that helped bring "The Lion King" remake to life to look photorealistic.
Geneva Robertson-Dworet ("Captain Marvel") and Lindsey Beer ("Sierra Burgess Is a Loser") will write the screenplay for the film.
Disney is also working on a live-action version of its first animated classic, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs."
The Hollywood Reporter made the announcement in October 2016. The fairy tale will have new music by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who most recently wrote the songs for "The Greatest Showman." They also did the music for "La La Land."
Marc Webb ("The Amazing Spider-Man") will direct the upcoming adaptation, according to a May 2019 report in Variety.
We haven't heard updates on the rest of these films in a while. "The Jungle Book" sequel was originally announced years ago.
Before the release of Disney's remake of 1961's "The Jungle Book," the studio already started planning a sequel. The movie was a huge success, grossing nearly $1 billion at the box office.
According to The Hollywood Reporter in 2016, Jon Favreau is expected to return to the director's chair for "The Jungle Book 2" along with Justin Marks to return for the sequel. There is no set release date for the movie.
One of the Prince Charmings (from Cinderella or Snow White) will get his own movie, too.
"Wonder" director Stephen Chbosky will write — and maybe direct — the new spin on the romance.
It's reported that the Genie will get his own live-action prequel titled "Genies."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie would follow how he ended up in the lamp, but no new information since 2015 is known.
Another film was previously reported to be in the works about Snow White's sister, Rose Red, who is featured in Grimm's fairy tales.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Rose Red" will feature the titular character's adventure with the dwarves to save Snow White after she bites the poisonous apple.
Evan Daugherty, who previously wrote "Snow White and the Huntsman" starring Kristen Stewart, is working on the project.
Disney is reportedly in talks to remake Roald Dahl's "James and the Giant Peach," which was adapted as a stop-motion film in 1996.
No new information has been released since 2016.
Peter Pan's fairy companion Tinker Bell was reportedly getting her own live-action film, too.
The Hollywood Reporter wrote about a movie in 2015 that would star Reese Witherspoon. If the live-action "Peter Pan" movie performs well, there's still room for Yara Shahidi to get her own spinoff film.
Disney also greenlit a movie for one of its darkest characters - Chernabog, the demon from "Fantasia" - back in 2015.
The character was featured in an 11-minute segment called "Night on Bald Mountain." He's a strange choice for a standalone film since he's basically a depiction of the devil and feels quite un-Disney-like.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney's take will be similar to what was done with Maleficent, the villainess of "Sleeping Beauty." That film humanized one of Disney's darkest villains by telling her backstory. Chernabog popped up on ABC's fairy-tale show "Once Upon A Time."
Anjelica Oswald contributed to a previous version of this story.
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