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16 animation to live-action movie remakes Disney has in the works right now

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Disney Studios has been hugely successful lately with their live-action remakes of their old animation classical movies such as Alice in Wonderland, The Jungle Book and my personal favorite: Cinderella.

The future is looking bright for these type of movies as Disney currently has 16 more of them planned, all in different stages of production. Thanks to Hollywood Reporter, we have a great list of all the upcoming “animation to live-action” movies we will see in the future!

1. Alice in Wonderland – Alice Through the Looking Glass: May 27, 2016

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This is a sequel to Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland from 2010 and is originally based on Disney’s original 1951 movie Alice in Wonderland. Starring Johnny Depp and Sasha Baron Cohen Alice Through the Looking Glass sure looks to be just as crazy as its the first one.

2. Pete’s Dragon; Aug 12, 2016

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Here is a remake that nobody saw coming, Pete’s Dragon. The original 1977 movie about the dragon Elliott did not receive much attention but nonetheless showed how great Disney was at combining live-action and animation back in the day. The remake will feature Bryce Dallas Howard and Robert Redford with quite a different look for the dragon.

3. Beauty and the Beast: March 17, 2017

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Of all the remakes on the way this is one that has the most hype surrounding it. You just don’t take a classic from Disney’s renaissance period and make a remake of it without having people’s expectations be really high. So far the casting choices Disney has revealed have been splendid with Harry Potter star Emma Watson taking the role as our heroine Belle. In other roles we have Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Ewan McGregor as Lumiere and Ian McKellen as Cogsworth. The hotness level will also rise with Luke Evans and Dan Stevens fighting for Belle’s affection as Gaston and The Beast.

4. 101 Dalmatians – Cruella

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This movie has already received a live-action remake once, starring Glenn Close, but apparently Disney felt it was time to give it another shot. Just as like with Maleficent this remake will tell the villain’s story and focus on Cruella de Vil. Emma Stone is apparently in talk to star as Cruella and the studio is eyeing to shoot sometime in late 2016.

5. Sleeping Beauty – Maleficent 2

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Talking about Maleficent, she will be back on the big screen herself soon too. The first Maleficent movie grossed $758 million at the international box office so it comes as no surprise that Disney wants to try their hand on a second one. Angelina Jolie is rumored to return and quite frankly I couldn’t see anyone else doing the role justice.

6. The Jungle Book 2

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The first live-action remake of the Jungle Book may just have premiered last weekend but a sequel has already been green lit by the studio. Again money talks and the first movie earned $314 million at the international box office during its opening weekend. Director Jon Favreau is in talks to return for a second go at Mowgli and Baloo’s story.

7. Peter Pan

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We all want to go return to Neverland and so does Disney Studios. This live-action remake will be based on Disney’s 1953 animated movie and David Lowery will direct.

8. Pinocchio

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This movie is in its early stages of development but if we are lucky Pinocchio will get to become a real boy soon. The original animated Pinocchio movie is quite scary to some but luckily this new remake will only be loosely based on the animated classic.

9. Dumbo

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Tim Burton will get another shot at remaking a Disney animated movie with his take on Dumbo that will feature both CG and live-action. The story will be quite different from its animated tale with the script featuring a “family story that will parallel the circus Elephant’s odyssey”.

10. Sword in the Stone

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This live-action remake of Sword in the Stone will have ties to sword fighting as the writer of the script is current Game of Thrones writer-producer Bryan Cogman. The 1963 animated movie was the last movie Disney Studios released before Walt Disney’s death in 1966 and was about the young boy Arthur who wanted to become a knight.

11. Mulan

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Warrior Mulan will get yet another chance to show her skills as a soldier in this live-action retelling of her story. Disney has bought a script by writing team Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek.

12. Winnie the Pooh

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A tale of Winnie’s pal Christopher Robin returning as an adult to revisit his hangout in the Hundred Acre Woods is in the works at Disney. The writer Alex Ross Perry is tied to the live-action project. We are certain that honey will somehow play a part too!

13. Tinker Bell

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Yes, Peter Pan’s pixie friend Tinker Bell is also going to get her own movie. Big names such as Reese Witherspoon and Victoria Strouse, who wrote the script for Pixar’s upcoming film Finding Dory, is attached to the project that will be an origin story of the cute but feisty little fairy.

14. Snow White – Rose Red

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was the movie that started it all for Disney so it doesn’t come as a shock that they would look back at this fairy tale for some new inspiration. Snow White’s sister, Rose Red, did not appear in the animated classic but she did have a role in the original Grimm’s fairytales. This live-action remake will play around a bit with the tale and have Snow White takes a bite from the iconic poison apple and fall into her deep sleep. Her estranged sister, Rose Red, will instead of the Prince be the hero of the story and undertake a dangerous quest with Grumpy and the other dwarves to find a way to break the curse.

15. Aladdin – Genies

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Disney’s animated movie Aladdin definitely had a breakout star with the Genie, as voiced by the late Robin Williams. This live-action remake will focus on the live of Genie and how he ended up in that cursed lamp. The adventure comedy will be written by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift.

16. Cinderella – Prince Charming

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The prince in Disney movies such as Cinderella and Snow White often get regulated to just a supporting character to the much more fairer princesses. But in this script by Matt Fogel that Disney has bought, the prince stereotype will get a new spin.

Which Disney live-action movie are you most looking forward to?

35 Comments

  1. Tom JK

    I am definitely excited for “Beauty and the Beast,” but the rest just feels like overkill. I almost feel like they are running out of new and original ideas. I mean, do we really need more of these? Sometimes, most remakes aren’t as good as the originals. Why hurt the legacy each classic film gave us? It’s okay if there are a few live-action adaptations, but you can’t do it for every animated film. Also,
    you can’t replace classics. These will never be that highly regarded as the animated ones are.

    Sure “Cinderella” and “Jungle Book” worked, but they’re the same stories we’ve seen before. Come on, Disney! Take some risks! “Zootopia” was brilliant. We need more films like that. You sure can’t execute those same characters in live-action form. No matter what the film is, let’s see something new. There are way too many Peter Pan and Pinocchio movies out there. Enough is enough.

    Still, a Winnie the Pooh story with an adult Christopher Robin sounds touching. I wonder if they’ll use “Return to Pooh Corner” as part of the soundtrack.

    1. Aedren

      I agree. I have several ideas for a movie that would work. But Cristopher Robin coming back as an adult seems very unoriginal. They’ve already done it in Hook and in Alice in Wonderland and in Book 7 of Narnia. What’s next, the Goonies coming back as adults?

      1. Bobby

        Yes goonies 2 would be awsome

  2. Viet

    Mulan!

  3. lee_martin

    Snow white, Winnie the Pooh, Tinker Bell were awesome.
    http://newkidsmovies.org/

  4. David

    I don’t remakes

  5. Hollis

    Nothing new in those kinds you call imagineers Disney

  6. Tyler

    I WANT A POCAHONTAS LIVE ACTION.

    1. BB

      Pocahontas would be great if they make it with John Smith!

      1. Personally, I could see Jennifer Lawrence playing Cruella if she nailed the British accent and she’s a bit darker. But, Emma can be wacky and crazy so that might a way to go. Just curious, what does anyone think of Daniel Radcliffe playing John Smith? For some reason I’m thinking that be the way to go for a big break post-Harry Potter, especially if it were a musical with the songs that were excluded from the original release of movie. Otherwise, who else should play John Smith? Any suggestions?

  7. Tara

    I am so excited to see Ewan McGregor and Emma Watson in Beauty and the Beast

  8. Nadn

    Disney is probably trying to remake the movies so the movies will be rewatched, or maybe for the future generation to not think that the original movies were crap

  9. Aedren

    How hard can it be to think of an original idea? I’ve got lots of ideas that could work for a Disney Movie and there are hundreds of people who also think of things. Why do they have so little imagination? i doubt that people would like to see the same story over and over again. Make something new, or don’t bother!

    1. Jack

      Everyone saying Disney are out of ideas, ever heard of Zootopia, Moana, Gigantic, Big Hero 6? All amazing fresh concepts – yes some are based on existing characters but they’ve been reimagined and it’s completely different teams working on the remakes to who works on new animated features. There’s more than enough room to look back on the past and still move forward into the future.

  10. Helen

    Not gonna lie, that Snow White – Rose Red movie sounds awesome. Also excited for a live-action Mulan, though I don’t know how they’ll go making a war movie for kids.
    I don’t know how I feel about Genies being a thing, and Robin Williams not being here to be part of it.

    1. Hi

      My thoughts exactly. It’ll never be the same without Robin Williams

      1. Ricky

        Totally agree but don’t think they will make the genie, as fast pasting, over the top as robin Williams was able to do with the cartoon version, so could work well will the cinema graphics they have now

  11. Henry The Horrid

    I love the idea of live-action movies- as long as they have some kind of twists. We all look forward to beauty and the beast, and i can’t wait for Mulan, Prince Charming or a new Peter Pan movie (Pan sucks btw. They made Peter seem like a completely different kind of character). But i feel like someof these will getbad. I mean Dumbo? Really? And i cannot see how Winnie The Poo will become a good live-action. Some storie will work better animeted.

    But we have to think about how this is just the remakes. Disney are constantly trying to make new stories, and most of the new ones are animated. It would be wierd if they made remakes of animated movies as new animated movies. and they are btw making a new Little Mermaid movie too. I’m so exited!

  12. Juanita

    ALADDIN!!! ALADDIN!!! ALADDIN!!!!

  13. Is like to see a live action Pocahontas as well

    1. BB

      SAME!! Pocahontas

  14. Alex Lohman

    I’m so ready for Mulan!!!!

  15. BB

    Pocahontas and Rapunzel would be great!

  16. Anthea

    Why is Pocahontas not on this list??

  17. Mina

    Pocahontas should be on this list..

  18. Bailey wilson

    Why hasn’t anyone remade a live version of the hunchback of notre dame!?

    1. Lizzy

      I agree! Hunchback of Notre Dame would be great to see! I like all of the ideas of remaking the Disney classics! I believe they are making them for adults and children to enjoy together. It’s a way to relive the classics, but get a slightly new spin on them as well. Keep them coming Disney!!

  19. anis

    Aladdin please. I think, Selena Gomez is perfect for Jasmine 😀

  20. Usra

    Beauty and The Beast is coming out soon!!!! Ahhhh I’m so excited!!!

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