All The Live-Action Disney Remakes In Development

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 been.

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. 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 our favorite characters again. Which is just as well, since Disney currently has a whopping seventeen live-action remakes in the works.

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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.

Last updated: March 28, 2019

Dumbo - March 29, 2019

Dumbo as clown

A Dumbo remake was announced way back in 2014 and is finally set to arrive on March 29, 2019 from director Tim Burton and writer Ehren Kruger. Dumbo's cast reunites Burton with several familiar faces: Colin Farrell stars as circus hand Holt, alongside Eva Green as aerial artist Colette. Danny DeVito plays ringmaster Max Medici, while Michael Keaton takes on the villainous role of V.A. Vandevere.

It's clear that while the core idea remains, a lot has been added or adjusted to the original story (unsurprising given this is Disney's shortest animated movie). There are no talking animals, for a start, and the humans play a much larger role. Dumbo, of course, is still as cute as ever and his drunken dream scene, with the "Elephants On Parade," will be recreated.

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Aladdin - May 24, 2019

Mena Massoud as Aladdin taking the magic lamp in Aladdin teaser trailer

Disney's second live-action remake of 2019 is one of its best-loved animated movies, Aladdin. Directed by Guy Ritchie, Aladdin will still be a musical and will feature two new songs by The Greatest Showman composers, Pasek and Paul. Mena Massoud stars in the titular role, with Naomi Scott (Power Rangers) as Princess Jasmine. Additions to the character line up include Billy Magnussen as Prince Anders, another suitor for Jasmine to contend with. The biggest name on the call sheet, though, is Will Smith as the Genie.

So far, Aladdin has been one of Disney's more controversial remakes. While there's no reason to assume a live-action version wouldn't work (the story has been well-received on Broadway and in the West End), there have been several white-washing controversies that could potentially harm its box office chances. The first Aladdin trailer, at least, suggested something fitting of the original movie. But things are starting to look up with more recent promos.

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The Lion King - July 29, 2019

The Lion King Trailer Simba Presented To Animals

Another favorite of many, The Lion King will be the third Disney live-action offering of 2019. Directed by Jon Favreau, who saw great success with The Jungle Book, The Lion King features an all-star voice cast: Donald Glover voices Simba; Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner are Pumbaa and Timon, respectively; Chiwetel Ejiofor lends his voice to Scar; John Oliver is Zazu; Beyoncé voices Nala; and James Earl Jones reprises his role of Mufasa, because it simply couldn't be anyone else. Hans Zimmer is set to score the movie, with a new song from Beyonce and Elton John included.

There's been some debate if the human-lacking Lion King remake is really live-action, given it's entirely CGI. But if Favreau pulls it off, The Lion King could well end up being one of the most successful movies of all time.

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Maleficent: Mistress of Evil - October 18, 2019

Not strictly a remake, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil follows on from the 2014 hit, Maleficent, which retold the tale of Sleeping Beauty from the wicked fairy's point of view. Angeline Jolie reprises her role - one she played with great relish the first time around. Rejoining her will be Elle Fanning as Aurora, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Leslie Manville as the good fairies, and Sam Riley as Diaval. New characters include Michelle Pfeiffer as Queen Ingrith, Ed Skrein as a villain, and Chiwetel Ejiofor as a rumored romantic interest for Maleficent.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil was originally slated to release in 2020 before moving up to late 2019, and it will pick up several years after the events of the first movie, with Aurora soon to become Queen and trying to form an alliance with Maleficent. Joachim Rønning directs from a script by Linda Woolverton, Micah Fitzerman-Blue, and Noah Harpster.

Mulan - June 19, 2020

Disney Live-Action Mulan Liu Yifei

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 is now all-singing and all-dancing affair 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.

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Key Release Dates
  • 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
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