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Here Are All of Disney’s Upcoming Live-Action Movies

Disney is adapting several animated classics into live-action films

Disney is counting on filmgoers’ appetite for nostalgia by bringing many of its most treasured characters back to the big screen. But in their new iterations, heroes like Mulan and Aladdin will return in live-action features, rather than animated films.

Disney is doubling down on live-action feature films after remakes of The Jungle Book, Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland all proved successful: Alice in Wonderland, released in 2010, made over $1 billion at the box office while The Jungle Book, released in 2016, brought in a similar haul at the worldwide box office.

While the trend of remaking animated classics isn’t new, many of the upcoming remakes—including Beauty and the Beast, Mulan, The Lion King and Aladdin—come from Disney’s famed Renaissance period, which started in 1989 and captivated a generation of viewers with songs and characters that remain influential today.

Check out the list of movies you’ll soon see in live-action.


  • Beauty and the Beast

    Beauty and the Beast
    Walt Disney Productions

    Widely regarded as one of Disney’s best feature films, Beauty and the Beast was the first animated movie to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. On March 17, 2017, a new iteration will hit the big screen starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens.

  • Mulan

    Walt Disney Productions

    The tale of a Chinese woman who disguises herself as a man to fight in her father’s place during a war, Mulan returns to theaters on Nov. 2, 2018. Disney plans to launch a global search to find an actress to play the lead character, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Rumors of whitewashing swirled when a person who claimed to have read the Mulan spec script said the movie would feature a white male lead—however, a source close to the film told Vulture that “all primary roles, including the love interest, are Chinese.”

  • Aladdin

    Walt Disney Productions

    A remake of the 1992 animated film, which won Academy Awards for Best Score and Best Song, is in the works at Disney with director Guy Ritchie set to helm, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Many of the movie’s musical elements will stay the same, although it is unclear how the Genie—voiced by the late Robin Williams in a career-defining role—will be portrayed.

  • The Lion King

    The Lion King
    Walt Disney Productions

    The beloved characters of Simba, Nala, Mufasa and Scar will presumably return in a live-action/CGI version of the The Lion King, which became one of the biggest animated films ever when it was released in 1994. In September, Disney announced that The Jungle Book director Jon Favreau is set to direct.

  • Cruella (101 Dalmatians)

    101 Dalmatians
    Walt Disney Productions

    The origin story of villain Cruella de Vil is the focus in Cruella; according to The Hollywood Reporter, Emma Stone is in talks to play the dog-obsessed villain. It’s the second time Cruella De Vil will be portrayed in a live-action movie—Glenn Close played her in the 1996 movie 101 Dalmatians and the 2000 follow-up 102 Dalmatians.

  • Peter Pan

    Peter Pan
    Walt Disney Productions

    Disney is developing a live-action film about J.M. Barrie’s best-known character with David Lowery set to direct and co-write the script, according to EW. Peter Pan has seen several live-action adaptations over the years, including 1991’s Hook, a 2003 version by the same name, and 2004’s Finding Neverland.

  • Tinker Bell

    Tinker Bell
    Walt Disney Productions

    Reese Witherspoon is set to play the beloved fairy who loves Peter Pan in Tink. Victoria Strouse, who co-wrote the screenplay for Finding Dory, will pen the script.

  • The Sword in the Stone

    The Sword in the Stone
    Walt Disney Productions

    Brian Cogman, a writer-producer for HBO’s Game of Thrones, is set to write a live-action remake of The Sword in the Stone, a Disney animation from 1963 that tells the story of a young King Arthur.

  • Pinocchio

    Walt Disney Productions

    Pinocchio might have the chance to truly become a real boy in this remake based loosely on the original morality tale of the puppet who is brought to life. Writer Peter Hedges is attached to the project, which is still in early stages of development at Disney.

  • Dumbo

    Walt Disney Productions

    Tim Burton is set to direct the live-action remake of Disney’s Dumbo, the 1941 classic about a circus elephant teased for his large ears. According to Disney, the script has expanded on the original story with some added changes, including the introduction of a human family.

  • Winnie the Pooh

    Winnie the Pooh
    Walt Disney Productions

    Hundred Acre Wood will come to life with an adult Christopher Robin returning to revisit his old haunts. Alex Perry is set to write the adaptation, which is still in very early stages of development, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

  • Rose Red (Snow White)

    Snow White
    Walt Disney Productions

    Disney is planning a revisionist take on the classic fairytale by detailing the story of Snow White’s sister, Rose Red, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Rose Red appeared in the Grimm brothers’ original fairy tale, though she had no relation to the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs; in the retelling, Rose Red works with the dwarves to bring Snow White back to life after she eats the poison apple.

  • Prince Charming (Cinderella)

    Prince Charming
    Walt Disney Productions

    Prince Charming comes to life in this live-action feature focusing on the handsome prince—although it is unclear whether the plot will center on the beau of Snow White or Cinderella, since they share the same name in both original animated films.

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