After the success of Beauty and the Beast and Maleficent, Disney is now working to produce more live-action animations of some of its beloved classics. Most of these animated classics belong to the fantasy and sci-fi genres.
Here are five of the many live-action adaptations of Disney animated classics coming to theatres in 2019 and 2020.
Four Upcoming Live Action Adaptations of Disney Animated Classics
A theatrical teaser was released online by Disney for its live-action adaptation of Aladdin. The Disney animated film was an adaptation of the Middle Eastern folk tale dating back to the 18th century.
The live action story, like the animation, will follow the story of the folk tale. It stars Will Smith, Mena Massoud, and Naomi Scott. Disney’s live-action adaptation will appear in theatres on May 2019.
Dumbo was one of Disney’s first venture in animal narratives. The classic film tells the story of a young circus elephant who discovers his flying abilities after other elephants in the crew make fun of him. He is able to pull through ordeals and succeed with the help of his mother and his mouse friend, Timothy.
The story of the live-action version of Dumbo will be different from the original film. In the upcoming movie, a retired circus star and his kids adopt Dumbo and discover his flying abilities. Things get tricky when an evil men hire Dumbo and exploit him to gain profit and fame. The new storyline deals with issues like animal cruelty, which wasn’t a prominent theme in the original film.
Tim Burton will direct the film, which stars Colin Farrell, Danny DeVito, and Michael Keaton. Dumbo flies in theatres in March 2019.
Disney’s original Peter Pan animation paved the way for the numerous live-action adaptations that came after it from other movie studios. This time, Disney is the one planning to do a live-action remake of the original. David Lowery will direct the film, which is for exclusive distribution on Disney’s online streaming platform.
Another fantastic classic to be recreated in live-action is The Sword in the Stone. The animated film follows a young King Arthur and his wizardly quests with Merlin. Like Aladdin, the movie was based on existing literature, namely T.H. White’s novel of the same name.
Juan Carlos Fresnadillo will be the film’s director, while Game of Thrones’ Bryan Cogman will write the screenplay. No word yet as to who will play the leads or the schedule of the release. Like Peter Pan, the movie will only be available on the studio’s online streaming platform.