Disney will be pumping out live-action versions of its animated classics for a long time to come. Here's a list of titles in the works, including the release date of the original.
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
The new wave of live-action reboots kicked off in March 2017 with this gem, starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad
and voices such as Emma Thompson.
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The Lion King (1994)
Director Jon Favreau
transplanted to Disney after proving himself a major player with Marvel's "Iron Man." Then Favreau knocked "The Jungle Book" out of the park in spring 2016.
Adapted from 1959's "Sleeping Beauty," the movie helped energize Angelina Jolie's career
and introduced an entire generation to the tale's terrifying villain. A sequel is in the works.
This whimsical and critically acclaimed journey catapulted Robin Williams
into four-quadrant comedy stardom thanks to his take on the genie in Aladdin’s lamp. Now the colorful and gritty director Guy Ritchie
will try his hand at a reboot.
This is a particularly anticipated title, already slated for release on November 2, 2018. The title character has not yet been cast (and there's plenty of controversy
about that). It has a script by Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek.
The Little Mermaid (1985)"Mermaid" is arguably one of the most popular and profitable movies in Disney's vault. The live version has already drafted songwriter Alan Menken and "Hamilton" superstar Lin-Manuel Miranda.
CruellaExtracted from the famous villainess of 1961’s “One Hundred and One Dalmatians,” this origin story of a woman who declares open season on purebred puppies-- Cruella DeVil -- is set to star Emma Stone. The reigning live-action Cruella is Glenn Close, who herself starred in two live-action adaptations.
James and the Giant Peach (1996)
In one of the more interesting adaptations, this beloved Roald Dahl book became a quirky claymation hit for Disney in 1996 with director Henry Selick. Now, heavy dramatist director Sam Mendes
will take a stab at the story.
Rose RedThis one is trippy (no pun over producer Tripp Vinson), but promising creatively. In the German fairy tale, Rose Red is Snow White's sister. Disney and Vinson are collaborating on introducing the world to the sibling of the famous apple-loving princess. Disney released the original "Snow White" in 1937.
Snow White (1937)Forget her sister -- the original baddest chick in the Disney animated kingdom is coming back for her own standalone film. It was announced at the end of October 2016.
Peter PanNeverland will get a practical set if Disney has its way updating the 1953 animated film.
The Jungle Book 2This is a no-brainer follow-up to Favreau's hit from spring 2006, based on the animated classic released in 1967.
In another promising but visually daunting prospect, Tim Burton
is developing "Dumbo," about the gentle (and a tad neurotic) performing elephant.
Oliver TwistWhile Disney never formally made a direct animated take on Charles Dickens' beloved orphan, they did release the adorable 1988 "Oliver and Company," inspired by Dickens' tale but told with animals. They also made a small-screen live-action version in 1997 with Richard Dreyfuss.