12 Disney Live-Action Movies We’re Most Excited About
In the last few years, movie producers have come up with new and exciting ways to use modern cinematic technology and storytelling techniques to revive the films that many of us know from childhood. While most of us will never get tired of watching the animated Disney movies that we grew up with like The Lion King, and Aladdin, producers are now taking these stories and introducing them to a new audience.
It isn’t enough to ‘release them from the Disney vault’ like they’ve been doing for decades to try and create a false sense of scarcity. Now, executives are bringing on talented young directors, writers, and soundtrack composers and tasking them with updating these classic tales in a way that’s accessible for a modern audience. Here are some of the upcoming live-action Disney movies we’re most excited about.
1. Christopher Robin
Released today, Christopher Robin is a live-action movie that tells the story of a now grown-up Christopher Robin who has lost all of his imagination. Now, it’s up to Christopher’s old friends Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, and the rest of the gang from the Hundred Acre Wood to help him get his imagination back again. Ewan McGregor stars as Christopher Robin, with popular voice actor Jim Cummings voicing both Pooh and Tigger. The movie has been in development for three years and is directed by Finding Neverland’s Marc Forster. The movie will feature new music, as well as an update of the classic song “Winnie the Pooh.”
Lately, Disney has been rolling out tons of movies that explore the dark side of stories that we all know from childhood. Their next live-action movie, Dumbo, is directed by the master of dark fantasy, Tim Burton, and follows a story that’s ‘loosely inspired’ by the original 1941 animated film. Dumbo follows Dumbo’s caretaker as he strives to keep the newborn elephant with enormous ears from being taken advantage of by unscrupulous circus promoters. The movie features Colin Farrell as Dumbo’s caretaker, alongside an intensely realistic and adorable CGI elephant. The CGI work on this movie looks incredible, even just from the teaser trailer. The movie is set for release in March 2019.
Children who grew up with the late beloved Robin Williams as the Genie will now have the opportunity to introduce their children to a new version of Aladdin, starring Will Smith as the Genie. The story is likely to follow the same basic storyline as the original 1992 version, but under the direction of Guy Ritchie, audiences should expect more complex characters and a nuanced, grittier plot.
When most of the casting was released last year, people expressed relief that there was a diverse cast of talented actors playing the primarily Middle-Eastern characters. Naomi Scott is set to play Princess Jasmine, with Canadian-Egyptian TV actor Mena Massoud taking on the title role. The movie will be released in May 2019.