Charlie Bean is set to direct a live-action/CGI hybrid remake of Lady and the Tramp for Disney's streaming service. Disney is not slowing down their plan to bring beloved animated movies to life once again. While we've already seen movies like The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast, they've also lined up The Lion King, Aladdin, Mulan, and others to hit the big screen over the next couple of years alone. However, their interest in such remakes won't stop there.
It was previously reported that Disney will also look to add some of these titles to their upcoming streaming service. The live-action versions of Sword and the Stone and Lady and the Tramp are among the titles that will be released as Original Movies through Disney's streaming platform. The latter is picking up speed now too, and has found a director to lead the charge.
THR is reporting that Bean will direct the live-action remake of Lady and the Tramp. Bean is fresh off a turn in the LEGO universe with The LEGO Ninjago Movie. His familiarity with animation will come in handy as this will be a live-action/CGI hybrid. Bean will direct the film based on a script by Andrew Bujalski. There is no word on a premiere date yet, but it is possible that the movie will be part of the initial launch library for Disney's streaming platform.
At this point, it isn't surprising to see Disney giving Lady and the Tramp another shot. Considering that the film's primary characters are talking dogs, the CGI work will be extensive to bring them to life properly. This goes to show how much Disney is willing to spend on Original Movies for its streaming service, with there being previous reports of budgets going as high as $100 million.
Bean should be a fine choice to direct the remake, but attention will now turn to who will star. Disney will be hoping that the name brand helps generate interest in the remake initially, but landing big names to voice the leading roles will be important. The difference with Lady and the Tramp will come from it being on a streaming service, so Disney won't be relying on those names to sell tickets. They will, however, hope that it convinces more people to start a subscription to their service, or give further reason for existing subscribers to check it out. Whereas Netflix has been extremely secretive about its numbers, Disney could boast their likely large numbers when it comes to Lady and the Tramp, The Muppets TV show reboot, or any of the other exclusive content.
Lady and the Tramp is currently in development and does not have a premiere date.