It looks like live-action reboots of Disney animated classics are here to stay. Disney has just announced the development of a live-action version of the beloved 1953 film, Peter Pan.
David Lowery, who has previously worked with Disney on Pete’s Dragon’s live-action remake, in theaters August 12, 2016 and starring Bryce Dallas Howard and Robert Redford, will direct the cherished tale of Neverland and the boy who didn’t want to grow up. Lowery will also work again with Pete’s Dragon co-writer Toby Halbrooks in this new version of Peter Pan.
The story of Peter Pan has been revisited in live-action before, in Steven Spielberg’s 1991 film Hook and last year’s Hugh Jackman-led and not very well-received, Pan being two examples. The story of J.M. Barrie, the man who wrote the play about Peter Pan and the family who inspired him, was also shown on the big screen in the wonderful Finding Neverland.
It seems, though, as if more is definitely more for Disney, which saw some great box office returns with Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, one of the first live-action reboots from a Disney animated film, and then with Maleficent and Cinderella, which expanded the live-action trend further.
Aside from Pete’s Dragon, there are a couple of other live-action reboots coming up, starting with Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book, which opens this weekend and looks amazingly intense. Alice in Wonderland’s sequel, Alice Through the Looking Glass, will also hit theaters May 26.
We are also looking forward to Bill Condon’s take on Beauty and the Beast starring Belle-incarnate Emma Watson, Emma Thompson, Ewan MacGregor, Ian McKellen, Stanley Tucci and Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens. It is set to open on March 17, 2017.
Furthermore, Emma Stone is apparently in talks to play Cruella De Vil in the origin story of the 101 Dalmatians villain. Kelly Marcel (Saving Mr. Banks) is writing the script for Cruella.
Besides these future movies, there are many rumors about new live-action Disney movies which will be supposedly produced in the next few years: Tink, with Reese Witherspoon starring and producing; Dumbo, a fusion of live-action and CGI, directed by Tim Burton; Mulan, reportedly starring Glee’s Jenna Ushkowitz; and The Sword in the Stone, penned by Game of Throne’s writer Bryan Cogman, are some of them. We still don’t know for sure if any or all of these films will ultimately be developed, so we’ll just have to wait and see.
How do you feel about the Peter Pan remake? What movie would you like to see get the live-action treatment? Who knows, maybe Pinocchio will finally get his wish and become a real boy.