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No, Disney Didn't Just Announce 9 New Live-Action Remakes

Although there is some confusion, Disney did not just reveal that it has plans to make nine live-action remakes of its animated films. Disney recently unveiled its updated movie release schedule, which shows its plans for movie releases through 2027. The schedule features a lot of revealing information, including three new untitled Star Wars movies, as well as planned releases for four sequels to Avatar.

Disney is working on bringing live-action versions of many of its animated films to the big screen, often much to the chagrin of fans. When the first trailer for the live-action version of The Lion King appeared, some fans wondered if the new movie was just a live-action shot-by-shot copy of the original animated film: Disney continues to reassure fans that it is not. Disney also just released the first look at its live-action Lady and the Tramp film, which will premiere on the company's Disney+ streaming service. Other Disney live-action remakes include the upcoming Aladdin, as well as Mulan, Lilo & Stitch, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Little Mermaid.

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The release schedule unveiled a lot of details about Disney's upcoming movies. It listed a total of nine live-action movies. Some fans took that to mean that Disney had nine more live-action remakes of animated films in the works, but that is not the case. The listing of untitled live-action movies means that Disney has nine films in the works that are not animated. Considering the studio's reputation for live-action remakes of its animated properties, this line of thinking is an honest mistake to make, but this time, "live-action" refers to any movie that is not animated, although some of those listings could be remakes, but certainly not all.

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The updated release schedule, though, did unveil some information about some of Disney's plans for X-Men films, including New Mutants. Although the film was initially delayed, once Disney acquired Fox's movie and TV assets, it also got the rights to the X-Men film franchise. However, Disney has delayed the New Mutants release date from August 2019 to April 2020. X-Men fans were also quick to note that one upcoming X-Men movie seems to have entirely disappeared from Disney's plans: the Gambit movie starring Channing Tatum. The absence of that film on the schedule is evidence Disney has decided to scrap the Gambit movie.

Although Disney seems to be stuck in a live-action remake frame of mind, the company does have plans to release other films not related to its existing animated properties. These are projects the company has not yet announced, so fans will just have to wait and see what Disney has in store for them.

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