For many of America's youth, Disney is an iconic symbol of childhood. With its dazzling princesses, a cheerful mouse with big ears, and numerous touching stories about the coming of age, Disney has secured a prominent presence in American culture since its establishment in 1923. Lately, fans have realized a trend emerging from Disney’s film makers—remaking timeless classics into widely successful live-action films.
Disney began bringing their beloved characters to life with the recent releases of Alice in Wonderland (2010), Maleficent (2014), Cinderella (2015), and the Jungle Book (2016). The most recent film is a feminist adaptation of Beauty and the Beast (2017), starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens. Lucky for the fans, Disney is not planning to stop moving in the remake direction with numerous adaptations greenlighted to hit the screens in the coming years.
Mulan is the next anticipated live-action remake scheduled to release on November 2, 2018. Since the announcement, there were numerous rumors of a white male protagonist, which Disney has dispelled. International film director, producer and screenwriter, Niki Caro, is expected to direct.
Following the female protagonist lead, the acclaimed Little Mermaid and Disney’s first princess, Snow White, do not yet have a release date, but will have their own new take on the classic stories. The Little Mermaid is said to feature old and new music from the film’s original songwriter Alan Menken and Hamilton’s Lin Manuel-Miranda. Snow White is expected to have two separate adaptations. One based on the original, currently said to be worked on by La La Land’s Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, and the writer behind Snow White and the Huntsman, Evan Daugherty. Plans are also in place to create a film featuring Rose Red, Snow White’s sister in the Grimm’s Fairy Tales. The plot will be about Rose Red’s adventure to save Snow White after eating the poison apple.
In another offset plot from the original stories, Disney is set to create a prequel to Aladdin, titled Genies. The movie is about the famous iconic Genie’s life before the events of Aladdin.
If you are not a fan of princess, Disney also has an array of remakes featuring the adorable animals in some of Disney’s most acclaimed animated films.
With already a long history as a Broadway musical, The Lion King will be directed by The Jungle Book’s Jon Favreau. The film will use CGI animation to portray the all animal cast. Other CGI intended films are Dumbo, attached to direct by Tim Burton.
Disney has also been following the path of adaptations depicting the misunderstood villain. A remake of Cruella De-Vil, recounting the famed villain’s early life is in the making starring Emma Stone.
Peter Pan along with his sidekick Tinker Bell, with Reese Witherspoon attached to play the pixie, will both get their own movie. Opposite of the forever young boy, Winnie the Pooh is also in the making, starring a grown up version of Christopher Robin revisiting his old friends in the Hundred Acre Wood.
For the Disney fans around the world, these remakes will be a journey through beloved childhood memories. The adaptations are set to bring a refreshing twist to old classics, with characters reflecting the current era and the diverse experiences of America’s modern youth.