We’ve already had the wonderful version of The Jungle Book , the sequel Alice Through The Looking Glass is set to hit cinemas on May 27th and with the trailer for Beauty and the Beast wowing audiences – it’s expected that the live-action remakes of Disney classics will continue for the foreseeable future.
So we decided to take a look at some of the animated classics we could be seeing in live-action form in the next few years.
Confirmed so far:
Beauty and the Beast
Boasting an impressive cast including Emma Watson as Belle, Luke Evans as Gaston, Dan Stevens as the Beast and the likes of Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson and Josh Gad amongst others, joining the fray, Beauty and the Beast looks set to be a massive hit – as proved by the record-breaking release of the trailer – which saw almost 100 million views in just 24 hours.
Whilst it’s not technically a Disney classic, the remake of Pete’s Dragon surprised a lot of people when it was announced, a set of posters and teasers have helped whet the appetite and if Disney’s current hot-streak continues, there’s no reason this won’t be a great movie.
What We Could See:
It’s been strongly rumoured that after stepping down from Alice In Wonderland sequel, Alice through The Looking Glass, that Director Tim Burton has his eyes on a re-imagining of 1941’s Dumbo. It sounds like an odd choice, but when you consider the hallucinogenic, mind-bending ‘Pink Elephants On Parade’ segment that caused me nightmares as a child, then perhaps it might be right up Burton’s street…
Disney’s Asian-inspired film from 1998 showcased it’s strongest female main character alongside some great animation and memorable songs. With the current controversy surrounding Asian actors in Hollywood, a live-action remake of Mulan would surely mean more roles for the under-represented group and with a story that has been thousands of years in the making, it wouldn’t take much to make to create a great live-action movie. That said, if they don’t include the ‘I’ll Make a Man Out Of You’ song, I’m not watching it.
One of the most loved classics, Aladdin would surely make a visually imposing live-action movie. From the scenery, a bad-ass villain in Jafar, to a giant blue Genie. Aladdin gave us not only one of the best Disney couples in Aladdin and Jasmine, but arguably the best supporting character in the Robin Williams-voiced Genie. While a live-action remake would surely have benefited from the voice talents of the late Robin Williams, any remake will certainly have a lot to live up to!
The Little Mermaid
The concept for a live-action version of The Little Mermaid is intriguing. The underwater world offers such a vast array of characters and would surely create a visually stunning experience, however with Ariel’s determination to live on land a dominant force in the source material, it’s easy to see a film that’s split between land and under the sea. As long as it doesn’t end up too much like Splash then it could work.
The Sword in the Stone
Another Disney classic that could have the potential to be a great live action film. The Sword in the Stone was the last classic Disney animation to be released before Walt Disney’s death/freezing in 1966. The story of King Arthur, the Wizard Merlin and Excalibur has inspired many a film and TV series and with the popularity of the likes of Game of Thrones, a fantasy theme, with a sword-wielding Arthur might go down better with audiences now than it would have a few years ago.