Disney is pushing the boundaries with its cinematic creativity, taking a dive into a wave of live-action adaptations and reimagining some of their most beloved animated classics. Fans can expect everything from sequels and origin stories to full-on remakes of their childhood favourites, including a live-action Moana and a prequel to The Lion King.
One of the most anticipated Disney live-action movies is the animated classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs being reimagined as a live-action film. The Amazing Spider-Man director, Marc Webb, takes the reins with Rachel Zegler, known for her role in West Side Story, playing the iconic princess, while Gal Gadot steps into the shoes of the Evil Queen.
Dwayne Johnson surprised fans with the announcement of a live-action Moana, where he will reprise his role as Maui. However, the original voice of Moana, Auli’i Cravalho, will not return to her role but will serve as an executive producer.
Johnson expressed his profound gratitude for the opportunity to bring this culturally significant story to the big screen.
Mufasa: The Lion King
In the realm of prequels, Disney’s 2019 hit The Lion King is set to return with an origin story titled Mufasa: The Lion King. Oscar-winning director Barry Jenkins will be at the helm, with the narrative unveiling the journey of Mufasa from an orphaned cub to the king of the pride.
The story will be narrated by familiar characters Rafiki, Timon, and Pumbaa.
Hunchback of Notre Dame
Disney is also planning a live-action remake of Hunchback of Notre Dame, with music by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz, the team behind Pocahontas. Josh Gad, known for his role in “Frozen,” is set to produce.
Lilo & Stitch
Disney’s Lilo & Stitch is also set for a live-action adaptation with an all-star cast including Courtney B. Vance, Zach Galifianakis, and Billy Magnussen, with Maia Kealoha playing the titular Lilo. The film will be available on Disney’s streaming platform.
The Hercules remake is set to be a musical with a fresh and experimental tone, produced by Avengers: Endgame directors Anthony and Joe Russo. The directing reins are in the hands of Guy Ritchie, known for his work on Aladdin.
Aladdin is also in line for a sequel, with John Gatins and Andrea Berloff penning the script. Producer Dan Lin hinted at a possible sequel back in 2019, while director Guy Ritchie expressed interest in returning for the sequel. However, star Mena Massoud seemed less optimistic about it.
Other Disney live-action movies
Other exciting live-action rumblings on the horizon for Disney include The Sword in the Stone, Bambi, and The Jungle Book 2.
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