There are more than a dozen Disney live-action remakes in development. That's hardly surprising given how much success the recent reimaginings of their classic animated movies have seen.
Last updated: November 5, 2019
In 2017, Beauty and the Beast grossed over $1.2 billion at the global box office, while The Jungle Book was met with very favorable reviews upon its release in 2016 and pulled in an impressive $966 million worldwide. More recently, Aladdin over $1 billion after mass skepticism. Cinderella, Maleficent, and Pete's Dragon have also seen success, and while initially the thought of Disney remaking nearly their entire back catalog was worrying, most fans are now looking forward to seeing their favorite characters again. Which is just as well, since Disney currently has a whopping fourteen live-action remakes in the works.
There are four live-action Disney remakes due in 2019 alone, and many more spinoffs, sequels, and reinterpretations in various stages of development. Here's every live-action remake Disney is currently working on.
Lady and the Tramp - November 12, 2019
Lady and the Tramp (1955) is cute and adorable, but is often ignored in favor of bigger, blockbuster titles, making it prime for a remake. The film, directed by Charlie Bean (The LEGO Ninjago Movie), will release direct to the Disney+ streaming service, and is set to be available to stream on launch day, November 12, 2019.
The Lady and the Tramp remake will be a live-action and CGI hybrid (that uses real dogs), featuring the voices of Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux in the lead roles along with Ashley Jensen, Benedict Wong, Kiersey Clemons, Thomas Mann and Yvette Nicole Brown.
Mulan - March 27, 2020
Mulan has been delayed a few times, from 2018 initially to 2019 and now 2020, but now it's all set. Niki Caro directs, and what was initially going to be a non-musical movie will now include singing and dancing after an outcry from fans. The cast is all Asian, with Yifei Liu in the titular role, Jet Li as The Emperor, Donnie Yen as Commander Tung, and Yoson An as Chen Honghui, Mulan's love interest. The character of Li Shang, Mulan's original love interest, will not feature, although An's character sounds remarkably similar.
Cruella - May 28, 2021
The Little Mermaid - In Development
The Little Mermaid has also been in pre-production for a while, and is now moving forward. Rob Marshall is set to direct, returning to Disney once more after directing Mary Poppins Returns, with new music written by Alan Menken and Lin Manuel Miranda, a huge coup and one sure to delight fans of the original movie.
Halle Bailey has been cast as Ariel and Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, while Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina are in talks to voice Flounder and Scuttle respectively. Javier Bardem is also reportedly in talks to play King Triton. As the furthest along of the in-development Disney remakes, expect The Little Mermaid to take a 2021 release slot.
Lilo & Stitch - In Development
The first Disney movie released in the 2000s announced to be getting the live-action treatment is Lilo & Stitch. Little is known about the movie other than it will be written by Mike Van Waes (Conjuring spinoff The Crooked Man), and will feature a mix of live-action and CGI.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame - In Development
Another film from the 1990s Disney renaissance, albeit not the most popular, set for a live-action remake is The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The film is executive produced by Josh Gad who may star as Quasimodo and sing; this new Hunchback is reportedly still a musical.
The film could be the cause for some competition as Iris Elba is reportedly starring in and directing a version for Netflix (who also released Andy Serkis' competing Mowgli).
The Sword In The Stone - In Development
The Sword In The Stone is another live-action remake set to debut on the Disney streaming service Disney+. As well as new TV shows from Lucasfilm and Marvel, Disney plans to release four to five original movies on the platform each year, and it seems as though it's looking to its back catalog for some remake ideas. It seems unlikely The Sword In The Stone will get a theatrical release, but that doesn't mean it won't be popular; take a look at Descendants as an example. The Sword In The Stone was due to start filming in Ireland in September 2018 with Juan Carlos Fresnadillo directing, but there's been no official word since.
Pinocchio - In Development
A live-action Pinocchio has been talked about for several years, but it's hit several roadblocks. First, Sam Mendes was attached to direct but left in 2017. More recently, Paddington director Paul King stepped away. Disney had hoped to film Pinocchio in 2019 (likely for a 2020 release), but that's looking unlikely. There are no actors attached to the project yet, while Jack Thorne, probably most well-known for writing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, is said to be rewriting the script after Pete Hedges and Chris Weitz collaborated on a previous draft. Most recently, it was reported that Disney was eyeing Robert Zemeckis to take over as director.
Prince Charming - In Development
Disney announced way back in 2015 that there would be a live-action movie based on the life of Prince Charming - the one true love of Cinderella who we never really learn much about. In November 2017, Disney revealed that Stephen Chbosky is attached to write and direct and, although it will center on Charming, the story will be told from his brother's point of view. Given the success of Maleficent, this could well be a smart move. With no further updates, though, it's impossible to know when this one could arrive.
Jungle Book 2 - In Development
It's no surprise that Disney has a follow-up to the critically acclaimed live-action Jungle Book, released in 2016, in the works. Don't expect a release date anytime soon, though; director Jon Favreau will return, and he's just recently shifted his focus off The Lion King. Given the massive amount of work involved with the CGI process, this one could take a while to reach screens, but Disney remains adamant that Jungle Book 2 is in development. The movie is said to delve further into Rudyard Kipling's work, and also to use some discarded ideas from the 1967 animated version of Jungle Book.
Tink - In Development
If Maleficent and Cruella can get their own movies, then why not Tinkerbell? Tink has been in development for a long time now, with Elizabeth Banks at one point attached to star. Now it's allegedly Reese Witherspoon, although there's been no reports on the project since 2015.
Peter Pan - In Development
David Lowery did a great job directing the live-action Pete's Dragon, so Disney must view him as a safe pair of hands to be trusted with Peter Pan. First released in 1953, Peter Pan has amazing characters, but the movie drags in places, so hopefully Lowery can overcome that. There have been many iterations of the Peter Pan story told over the years, but it sounds as though Lowery will be taking the classic tale and turning it into a live-action adventure movie that has the potential to be really fun. Again, reported development has been slow in recent years.
Rose Red - In Development
The original Disney movie, it's hardly surprising that a new version of Snow White has long been in development. What is surprising is the angle. Rose Red won't actually focus on the warbling princess at all, but on her sister; the movie is said to pick up moments after Snow White bites the poisoned apple, leaving Rose Red to embark upon a quest with the Seven Dwarfs to find a cure. Most recently, it's been reported Disney is eyeing Brie Larson for the lead role.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - In Development
In addition to the Rose Red movie, Disney is also working on a feature-length remake of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - the animated movie that transformed the studio decades ago. The Girl on the Train scribe Erin Cressida Wilson is reportedly penning the script with La La Land duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul writing all-new songs for the film. However, considering it's been a few years since the movie was announced, the Snow White remake may have been put on hold in order to pursue Rose Red instead.
- Dumbo (2019) release date: Mar 29, 2019
- Aladdin (2019) release date: May 24, 2019
- The Lion King (2019) release date: Jul 19, 2019
- Mulan (2020) release date: Mar 27, 2020
- Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) release date: Oct 18, 2019