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Every Classic Disney Cartoon Getting a Live-Action Remake

Disney has been on a live-action remake kick lately, and it looks like there's no plan to slow down. Here is every live-action remake in the works right now.
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We’ve talked a lot about Disney’s fascination with live-action remakes over the last several years. Hey, they know when to cash in on our nostalgia for some box office revenue!

There are plenty of remakes that were wildly successful, while some of them probably didn’t need to get made. But Disney is ready to keep cranking them out, and here’s a list of all the live-action remakes that are coming our way!

The Lion King

We’ll go ahead and include this with the rest of the live-action remakes — even though it’s actually not. It looks realistic enough, but these fan-favorite characters were actually brought back to the big screen using stunning CGI technology.

The Circle of Life continues to cash in on our nostalgia! The 2019 remake of The Lion King (1994) was so successful that Disney has decided to do it again. The next film won’t be a remake of the original’s sequel, The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride. Instead, this will be a prequel, exploring Mufasa’s origins.

Lilo & Stitch

If there was one animated Disney flick that I feel didn’t get enough deserved attention, it’s Lilo & Stitch! If you agree with me, you’ll be happy to hear that there is a live-action CGI-hybrid remake coming. It’s supposedly coming from the same producers that did Aladdin… which has me incredibly excited! This is a movie that will get me into a movie theater.

Peter Pan & Wendy

Disney’s animated Peter Pan from 1953 has seen plenty of remakes and adaptations over the years. Even still, director David Lowry, who was responsible for the live-action remake of Pete’s Dragon, will reimagine the Peter Pan story. Grown-ish star Yara Shahidi has been cast as Tinkerbell, while Jim Gaffigan is on board to play Mr. Smee. Jude Law is set to play nemesis Captain Hook.

Rescue Rangers

Remember the animated series Rescue Rangers featuring Chip n’ Dale? These two anthropomorphic chipmunks are finally getting their time on the big screen with a CGI-hybrid remake, Chip n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers.

This live-action remake was first announced by The Hollywood Reporter back in 2014, but is currently set for release in 2022. Word is that it will be directed by Akiva Schaffer, one-third of the comedy trio The Lonely Island. His fellow Lonely bro Andy Samberg will star as one of the chipmunks.

Pinocchio

The original Pinocchio was released in 1940, so there’s no time like the present to give it a facelift! For this live-action remake, we’ll get to see Tom Hanks star as Geppetto, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Jiminy Cricket, and Benjamin Evan Ainsworth (The Haunting of Bly Manor, Flora & Ulysses) as Pinocchio himself. Paddington’s Paul King is attached to direct.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Much like Lilo & Stitch, I feel like The Hunchback of Notre Dame is largely underappreciated. Luckily, Deadline reports that a live-action version of the ‘96 flick is in the works. Here’s to hoping they scrub the slur used to refer to Esmeralda. Josh Gad (LeFou in the live-action Beauty and the Beast and the voice of Olaf!) is producing this one.

Snow White

Even Disney’s very first animated classic isn’t off-limits for a new live-action remake. This one was first announced by The Hollywood Reporter back in 2016, and Variety later reported that Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man) will direct. Just this year, it was announced that West Side Story’s Rachel Zegler will star as the Disney princess herself.

Aladdin

After Disney saw the live-action Aladdin blow past $1 billion at the box office, they decided to hang on to that success. Fans will be treated to a sequel, though it will not be a remake of either direct-to-video Aladdin sequels that came out in the ‘90s.

As an added bonus, Billy Magnussen’s character, the prince who unsuccessfully sought Princess Jasmin’s hand in marriage, is going to get some extra screen time. Who’s ready for a Prince Anders spinoff?

Hercules

I am definitely excited to hear that Hercules will see a live-action remake! It’s been talked about for a while, and now it’s finally happening. Fans can expect songs from the original animated film from 1997, and I’m willing to bet that new songs will be added, too. This one will be a theatrical release.

The Little Mermaid

By now, I feel like everyone has heard of this live-action remake — mostly because keyboard warriors were up in arms after Disney announced singer Halle Bailey will play the role of Ariel. So far, there’s no set release date for this remake, but expect Melissa McCarthy, Awkwafina, Daveed Diggs, Jacob Tremblay, and more in the cast.

The Sword in the Stone

Disney is also revisiting the 1963 classic, The Sword in the Stone. Reports were swirling as far back as 2015, with Bryan Cogman, a writer and producer from Game of Thrones, tapped to write the script. In 2018, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo was named as director.

Bambi

I’m including this in our list, but this technically falls into the same category as 2019’s remake of The Lion King. Don’t expect real-life deer, skunks, rabbits, and other woodland creatures here. Disney will stick to their CGI technology to make this film look real. No word on a release date for this film, yet.

Robin Hood

Even the 1973 animated classic Robin Hood is getting the live-action remake treatment. This will be another CGI/live-action hybrid, featuring anthropomorphic characters. The project was in early development before shutdowns and restrictions in 2020, but no word on where the remake stands as of now.