Over the weekend, I had a chance to watch the all-new live action film, Beauty and the Beast. After watching the film it made me realize a trend, that the Walt Disney Studios have been slowly remaking all their fairy tale classics into live action movies. So got me thinking as to what other films they were planning to remake, and found some Disney magic in my search. The Walt Disney Studios are planning to remake Mulan, Aladdin, The Lion King, and The Little Mermaid.
The most exciting might have to be Mulan, as it will follow the same story as the original animated feature in 1998. The story of a girl who disguises herself as a man to get into the Chinese military. But according to the film Director, Niki Caro, the new movie wont have any songs. This broke my heart at first but then realized this might actually give the story a fresh outlook into China and Mulan’s story. Can honestly see this film winning an Oscar when its all said and done. Although, it might be a darker tone than the original animated film, it might be what this powerful story needed. It’s also said that Disney has already made the decision to cast Asian actors for the lead roles, which has fans relieved that they will keep the film authentic to the Chinese culture. The film is set to release in 2018, but until then we can just daydream about what it will be like.
Another film the studio released information on was the live-action remake of Aladdin. The film will be directed by Guy Richie, mostly known for his work in “The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and King Arthur: Legend of the sword.” Like Mulan, Aladdin will not be whitewashed according to producer Dan Lin. They will stay as authentic as possible to Arabian culture.
In a recent interview with Vulture, Sean Bailey, the president of Motion Picture Production at Walt Disney Studios discussed the process of bringing Ritchie on for the project, and how Aladdin relates to the director’s past films:
“Guy became interested in doing a Disney movie and we talked a lot about it. When we talked Aladdin, he said ‘My stories are really about street hustlers. That’s what i know how to do. And Aladdin is a classic street hustler who makes good.’ Guy’s got his own version of that story in his life. But he wanted to honor and respect the Disney of it all. We never want to feel like we have a playbook to these things because we worry it’ll make us creatively complacent. The idea of a highly energized Guy Ritchie Disney musical felt like, Oh, we haven’t done that before.”
With all that said, Aladdin has a lot of expectations to meet since it’s one of the most beloved films released during the Disney Renaissance period — the decade between 1989-1999.
The film is set to start shooting this summer and we couldn’t be happier.
Two films that haven’t released much information but still worth mentioning are “The Lion King” and “The Little Mermaid.” The Lion King will be directed by Jon Favreau, who previously directed The Jungle Book. Like The Jungle Book, The Lion King will likely be a CGI-heavy film, but not sure yet on whether the film will feature music from the original film. However, the film will see James Earl Jones return as the voice of Mufasa, and Donald Glover voicing Simba. The film is set to begin filming as early as May of this year. As for The Little Mermaid, all we have received information on is the music in the film. News recently broke out that Disney has been able to piece together an all-star duo to write music for the live action adaptation, featuring multi-Tony Award winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda and multi Oscar winning composer Alan Menken.