Disney are on a roll with their roster of live-action movies – in the past few years, we've had mega hits like The Jungle Book, and more remakes of your favourite childhood movies are incoming.
But before we get to that, here's a recap of the remakes that have already hit our screens...
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The Jungle Book (1994)
Forgot about this rollicking live-action version of The Jungle Book? It's directed by Stephen Sommers, who went on to make The Mummy movies and Van Helsing, and stars Jason Scott Lee as grown-up man-cub Mowgli. The all-star supporting cast includes John Cleese and Sam Neill.
101 Dalmatians (1996)
The mere thought of a 101 Dalmatians reboot seemed like sacrilege at the time – until we finally witnessed Glenn Close as fur coat-wearing Cruella De Vil. The Fatal Attraction star has a grand old time chewing up the scenery as one of Disney's greatest villains, although the show is very nearly stolen by her live-action canine co-stars. In 2000, sequel 102 Dalmatians was released and Emma Stone is currently attached to the long-gestating Cruella spin-off movie.
Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Tim Burton's CGI-laden take on the classic 1953 animation lays on the spectacle, as Mia Wasikowska's Alice spirals into Wonderland (now dubbed 'Underland') to meet Johnny Depp's dual-accented Mad Hatter. The movie went on to gross more than $1 billion at the global box office. Sequel Alice Through the Looking Glass followed in 2016.
The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010)
A partial adaptation of Disney's 1940 musical animation Fantasia, this all-action fantasy stars a mad-haired Nicolas Cage as a necromancer who takes a youngster beneath his wing. Produced by Pirates of the Caribbean's Jerry Bruckheimer, the movie features enjoyable chemistry between Cage and co-star Jay Baruchel (the voice of Hiccup in How to Train Your Dragon).
As with Alice in Wonderland, Disney's blockbusting Sleeping Beauty origin story revealed the financial potential of live-action reboots. A wonderfully wicked Angelina Jolie as Maleficent helped steer this lavish fairy tale to takings of more than $700 million worldwide, and sequel Maleficent 2 is on its way next year.
If Maleficent was a darker inversion of the Sleeping Beauty story, Kenneth Branagh's sweet-natured, romantic Cinderella hewed much closer to its 1950 inspiration (albeit it without the songs). Downton Abbey's Lily James charms as the eponymous Cinders, as she falls head over glass-slippered heels for Richard Madden's Prince Charming.
The Jungle Book (2016)
Iron Man filmmaker Jon Favreau ambitiously re-imagined Disney's beloved 1967 musical, fashioning a lushly intoxicating jungle environment and animals entirely out of CGI. They're brilliantly complimented by Neel Sethi's live-action performance as Mowgli, and the reworkings of classic songs like 'The Bear Necessities' offer a nostalgic link to the past. It became a huge hit and a sequel is reportedly in the works.
Beauty and the Beast (2017)
The most successful film of last year sticks closely to the 1991 animated masterpiece, itself regarded as one of the jewels in Disney's 'renaissance' period. Emma Watson fashions tender chemistry with Dan Stevens as the Beast, the actor's face disguised with animalistic CGI, and classic tunes like 'Be Our Guest' also get a vibrant reworking.
Christopher Robin (2018)
The most recent Disney remake honours the spirit of the beloved Winnie the Pooh Disney cartoons, as an older Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor) is forced to reconnect with his past. Adding further tingles of nostalgic delight is the return of voice actor Jim Cummings in the vocal roles of Pooh and Tigger.
DISNEY REMAKES COMING SOON...
Dumbo (released 29th March 2019)
Edward Scissorhands director Tim Burton promises to inject his own eccentric whimsy into the story of the loveable, big-eared circus elephant.
Aladdin (released 24th May 2019)
It's a whole new world as Sherlock Holmes helmer Guy Ritchie reinvents the story of the Agrabah street urchin. Will Smith takes over from the late Robin Williams as the Genie.
The Lion King (released 19th July 2019)
The rousing story of lion heir Simba gets a reworking in next year's CGI-laden adventure from The Jungle Book director Jon Favreau.
Mulan (released 27th March 2020)
Liu Yifei is the Chinese woman who disguises herself as a warrior in Niki Caro's remake. The classic 1998 animation featured sumptuous visuals and battle scenes and an important message of empowerment – can we expect the reboot to do the same?
Lady and the Tramp (release date TBC)
Lilo & Stitch (release date TBC)
The Little Mermaid (release date TBC)
The Sword in the Stone (release date TBC)
Peter Pan (release date TBC)
Pinocchio (release date TBC)
Stay tuned to this blog post over the coming months as we bring you all the essential details on upcoming Disney remakes.
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