Check out 20 live-action movies (remake and originals) that Disney will be releasing over the next few years
Beauty and the Beast
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar® winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; six-time Tony Award® winner Audra McDonald as Madame Garderobe, the wardrobe; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.
Pirates of the Caribbean, Dead Men Tell No Tales
Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil's Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea—notably Jack. Jack's only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced.
The film places Rose Red into the original Snow White and the Seven Dwarves story, adding her into the third act of the tale, after Snow White takes the bite of the poison apple, Rose Red teams with Grumpy and the dwarves to find a way to break the curse.
A young Chinese maiden disguises herself as a warrior in order to save her father. A live-action feature film based on Disney's ‘Mulan’. Disney have assured fans – following a powerful petition – that this live-action adaptation ofMulan will not be white-washed, and Chinese actors will be cast.
Mary Poppins Returns
In Depression-era London, a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, along with Michael's three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.
Emily Blunt and Lin Manuel Miranda will star in this Mary Poppins reboot, that’ll see the famous Nanny return to help the now-adult Jane and Michael through some difficult times. Meryl Streep and Ben Whishaw will also star.
Rumoured to have Guy Ritchie on board as director, this live-action Aladdin will more than likely be very different to the 1992 classic that we know and love. We’re definitely intrigued.
The Lion King
After making the live-action Jungle Book such a success, director Jon Favreau has signed up to do the same to The Lion King. If anyone can make this project work, he can.
The Little Mermaid
Chloe Grace Moretz recently abandoned this project to take a break from acting, but that’s not to say that Disney are putting it on the back-burner. Once they’ve found a director, live-action Little Mermaid should go full steam ahead.
Emma Stone will play Cruella DeVil in this live-action spin-off of 101 Dalmatians.
Yes, we’re getting yet another adaptation of Peter Pan. This one will be directed by David Lowery (who did the recent Pete’s Dragon).
Continuing with the Peter Pan theme, and Reese Witherspoon is starring in a standalone Tinker Bell movie.
The Sword in the Stone
One of Game of Thrones’ writers/producers is on board to write this live-action adaptation, so it could well be a lot darker and more violent than we remember the original to be…
The original Pinocchio movie came out in 1940, so a remake is long overdue. Robert Downey Jr. is reportedly considering starring in/directing this one.
Dumbo (released in 1941) is also finally being updated. Tim Burton has signed up to direct, which is a very exciting prospect indeed.
Winnie the Pooh
This live-action Winnie the Pooh will see an adult Christopher Robin return to the Hundred Acre Wood, and revisit his former friends.
Cinderella’s handsome prince is getting a standalone movie in the shape of Prince Charming. We’re hoping that it’ll be a direct spin-off of live-action Cinderella, and Richard Madden will star.
An Aladdin prequel, Genies will tell the story of how the Genie got imprisoned in the lamp in the first place.
Chip ‘n’ Dale
We’re not sure this one is going to enthuse people quite as much as some of the other movies on this list, but yes. Chip ‘n’ Dale are getting their very own live-action movie.
Angelina Jolie will reprise her role as Maleficent, in this dastardly sequel.
The Jungle Book 2
Jon Favreau’s first Jungle Book was such a success, Disney have invited him back to make a second.