Disney Remaking Itself

Disney The Lion King

It is difficult to think of a franchise that has been as iconic in the 21st century as Disney, and it seems there is no end in sight for history’s most loved animations. Disney’s rich, extensive back catalogue of timeless tales has produced countless remakes over the years, and there are no signs of slowing down. There are already whispers about at least eleven live action remakes in the pipeline, with spin off stories, live shows and a collection of Hollywood’s biggest names taking part. Almost the entire Disney filmography is said to have something of a revival planned, so let’s have a look at what’s coming soon.

The Lion King, one of Disney’s most popular recent animations, has been a successful live theatre show for the last 20 years. Unsurprisingly, there is a huge buzz surrounding the rumoured return of our much loved four-legged friends to the cinema screens, with stars such as Beyoncé and Donald Glover said to be amongst the cast members.

Snatch director Guy Ritchie is supposedly set to direct a no doubt whimsical remake of Disney classic Aladdin, and Mary Poppins is also making a long awaited comeback to the big screen, led by ‘Into the Woods’ director Rob Marshall.  A live action Dumbo, the heart-breaking tale of the beloved flying elephant, will be directed by Tim Burton, who’s 2010 Alice in Wonderland was widely acclaimed and a huge box office hit . There is talk of a new ‘Sword in the Stone’, penned by Game of Thrones writer/producer Bryan Cogman, along with a remake of Peter Pan, all set to materialise in the next few years.

As well as remakes and adaptations of the original stories, there have also been films that zone in on one character from the original. Recently the big hot ‘Maleficent’, a spin off film starring Sleeping Beauty’s villainess, started this trend, and there are many more plans to bring our favourite characters from Disney’s archives back to life. ‘Cruella’, apparently to be played by Emma Stone, will star in her own movie delving into the history of 101 Dalmatians’ terrifying villainess. The mischievous fairy from Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, will also grace us with her own spinoff picture at some point in the next three years, with talk of Reese Witherspoon being cast in the lead role.

Disney remakes are not only for the big screen, and after the success of the Lion King theatre show, it is no surprise that Snow White is following in it’s footsteps and will be adapted into a live musical, with new songs penned by La La Land lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.

Over the years, these regenerated Disney stories have been adored by all age groups, reaching all four corners of the globe. No doubt these upcoming features will be no exception. It seems we won’t be forgetting  Disney any time soon!

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