Here's some news to make you feel old: Disney masterpiece Aladdin today turns 25 (if you're going by the US release date, that is). Seriously, where's our magic wish that allows us to relive our childhoods?
With the movie primed for a 2019 remake the news got us thinking about other upcoming Disney reboots. We’ve already had Cinderella, Maleficent, The Jungle Book and Pete’s Dragon, whilst this year's Beauty and the Beast remake stormed the box office to the tune of $1.3 billion worldwide.
But what OTHER favourites are in the pipeline? Here’s our list of the Disney remakes that will be winging their way to Cineworld over the next few years...
One of Disney’s most cherished movies, The Lion King is one of the few Disney animations that isn’t based on a fairy tale or book, and is instead a wholly original story about a young cub, Simba, who is banished from his pride by his cruel uncle.
It’s already been turned into an awards-guzzling stage musical and now the movie is being given the live-action treatment, courtesy of Jungle Book director Jon Favreau. Community star (and future Lando Calrissian) Donald Glover is voicing adult Simba and James Earl Jones is reprising the role of Simba's father, Mufasa. Meanwhile Beyonce is voicing grown-up Nala and composer Hans Zimmer is returning to the territory that got him an Oscar.
Production is well underway with a release date of 19th July 2019 pencilled in.
If there’s one person we can trust to do justice to the much-loved Dumbo, it’s Tim Burton. The original movie, of course, told the story of a young elephant who gets mocked during his time as a circus performer while being separated from his mother.
It looks however that Burton’s remake will be doing its own thing, with Colin Farrell headlining as a widowed father of two who befriends our big-eared hero. Also on board is regular Burton muse Eva Green as a trapeze artist, with Danny DeVito (from Burton’s Batman Returns) as a circus ringleader named Medici.
The Sword in the Stone
Not one of Disney’s most famous features, this animated take on the Arthurian legend nonetheless is one of their most laugh-out-loud funny movies. A remake is on the cards with Game of Thrones’ Bryan Cogman, who must surely know a thing or two about sword and scorcery matters, writing.
If you’re a fan of Disney’s version of the Aladdin story, then you’ll be happy to know that the Mouse House is planning not one, but two live-action flicks based on their 1992 original.
First up is Genies, a prequel movie that is intended to set the scene for a live-action reimagining to be directed by – get this – Guy (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, The Man from UNCLE) Richie. Disney were, it was reported in 2015, planning to use Robin Williams' unused lines from the 1991–92 recording sessions for the original film, but his will banned the studio from using his likeness for 25 years after his death.
Casting was confirmed earlier this summer with Will Smith voicing the Genie, Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Marwan Kenzari as Jafar and Naomi Scott as Jasmine. The movie is released on 24th May 2019.
Not a direct remake this one, but an origins story about the hound-hating star of 101 Dalmatians. Currently titled Cruella, it’s due to star Emma Stone in the title role, with Kelly Marcel (Saving Mr Banks) on scripting duties. In the original movie, Cruella de Vil is a pampered and glamorous London heiress in her 40s, so presumably the movie will be show her as pampered and glamorous, but in her 20s.
Disney’s 1998 classic told the story of a young maiden who, to save her army father, secretly goes in his place and becomes one of China's greatest heroines in the process. Disney had originally planned a live-action version of Mulan in the 2000s, with The Mask’s Chuck Russell directing, only that came to nothing. This new live-action version is being written by Jurassic World screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver and is expected in cinemas in November 2018.
There have been many, many, MANY Peter Pan films over the years, but none have matched the unique charm of the 1953 cartoon version. So we’re hoping for great things for this Disney-authored remake, due to be directed by Pete’s Dragon’s David Lowery, who waxed lyrical about the original movie in an interview last year.
"I love Peter Pan to death," he said. "I love the cartoon. I love the 2003 version. I didn’t know how I would do it better. Then, I started thinking, 'Well, how would I do it, not better, but differently?' As soon as I started thinking that, I started getting ideas and it seemed like a good fit."
The 1940 Pinocchio was one of Disney’s very first cartoon hits, with audiences falling in love with the little wooden boy and his cheery pal, Jiminy Cricket. There have been a few minor-league live-action versions since then, but never one with as Disney-level might behind it.
So, what will they do with this one? We’re presuming Jiminy Cricket will be entirely CGI, but will Disney go for a computer-animated Pinocchio, or will he be played by a real actor? No director as yet, but Peter Hedges (The Odd Life of Timothy Green) is on writing duties.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Now a staggering EIGHTY years old, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was Disney’s first ever animated feature, and even today looks as fresh as the day it was released. Disney are now prepping TWO live-action Snow White flicks – a straight retelling of the Grimm Brothers classic and a spin-off movie titled Rose Red, which would be the familiar Snow White story, but told from the perspective of her sister.
What Disney remake are you most excited about? Let us know @Cineworld.