The Highs And Lows Of Disney Classic Remakes Made into Live Action
With Disney and Pixar’s recent successes this year, other Disney classics are set to be restored, including The Little Mermaid and Aladdin getting live remakes. Now it’s time to check out some of Hollywood’s infamous reboots, some better than others.
With Dumbo, Pinocchio, Peter Pan’s Neverland, and Winnie the Pooh all on the chopping blocks, ready for upcoming remakes with Disney, we can hardly wait to see what’s next in the destruction of our fading childhood memories.
Here’s a look at what Disney has already done or is about to release in way of live action remakes.
“The Jungle Book” (2016)
Jon Favreau brought one of our favorite wilderness tales beautifully to life this year with the long-awaited Jungle Book, so much so it’s already been green-lit for a sequel. While the movie is still in theaters, it’s hard to tell if Favreau, Bill Murray or the rest of the cast will be attached, but the first attempt to recreate the 1967 cartoon went off without a hitch.
“Alice in Wonderland” (2010)
In addition to this year’s Through the Looking Glass, Disney made off with quite a bit of money remaking a classic story of “Alice” into two separate films. The first, directed by Tim Burton, grossed more than $1 billion, while the second was a bit of a flop in comparison, both a retelling of the two-part book by Lewis Carroll and a remake of the 1951 classic animated film.
“101 Dalmatians” (1996)
As if one reboot wasn’t enough, we’re getting a reboot to the reboot of this 1961 origin story. In 1996, we saw an older, impressive Glenn Close give rise to the antagonist character of Cruella, while Jeff Daniels and Joely Richardson played the distressed couple. Now Disney is set to have Emma Stone star in a Cruella-driven remake that focuses in on the villain of the story.
The new Cinderella movie took some focus off the lead by giving a new spin to Prince Charming. Lily James, Cate Blanchett and Helen Bonham Carter starred together in the 2015 magic-infused remake, giving a group of helpful mice a live action look. Just the same, we expect with the new Aladdin remake, the focal points will be towards more interesting characters of the story, such as the life of Genie, who was voiced-over by the late, great Robin Williams.
The Robert Stromberg-directed twist on Disney’s 1959 Sleeping Beauty tells the story of the antagonist, played marvelously by Angelina Jolie, and her relationship to the princess. The success of the film garnered a green-lit Maleficent 2, which is said to have Jolie attached again.
“Into the Woods” (2014)
This quiet Christmas release, directed by Rob Marshall, featured a mash-up of Disney classics. A witch casts a baker and his wife with the task of retrieving precious gems from a number of Disney-inspired fairy tales, including Little Red Riding Hood and Jack and the Magic Beanstalk. Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, and Anna Kendrick star.
“Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey” (1993)
Bouncing off an outdated 1963 live-action original, The Incredible Journey, Disney capitalized on everyone’s close of dogs and cats with a 1993 classic and a sequel, which was set in San Francisco. Don’t be surprised if this gets rebooted again as we come up on the remake’s 30th anniversary.
“Oz the Great and Powerful” (2013)
Though the film wasn’t a hit, the James Franco fantasy film was genius in its conception. Set 20 years before the events of the novel, purposed as a prequel to the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz, we see Oscar (Franco) thrown into the world of Oz and tempted by three lovely witches (Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz).
“Saving Mr. Banks” (2013)
Is there anything Tom Hanks can’t do? This period piece, set during the events leading up to Mary Poppins, isn’t a remake so much as a spin-off prequel. Hanks plays Walt Disney who attempts to gain the rights to the novels of a struggling P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) as they near the development of the film. Disney spent two decades trying to obtain the rights in order to produce a film from them to appease his daughters.
“Beauty & The Beast” (2017)
And now here’s one that’s on the way. The live action remake of the 1991 Disney hit set for next year is debatable as to whether or not it’s a good idea. While some of the early casting and photos hint that it could be an exciting installment for Disney, they run the risk of stepping on one of the best-loved animated movies of the ’90s. It will star Emma Watson.