Posted on Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 by Angie Han
Clearly Disney isn’t going to rest until every animated character in its stable has undergone a live-action remake. Alice in Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella have already been updated, and re-adaptations of Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, Dumbo, Mulan, Winnie the Pooh, and Pinocchio are already in the works.
As if all that weren’t enough, just last week Disney announced a Tinker Bell spinoff movie starring Reese Witherspoon. Which got us thinking — what other Disney supporting characters deserve a chance to step into the spotlight? Below are 10 Disney live-action spinoffs we’d love to see.
1. Ursula (The Little Mermaid)
Premise: Like Maleficent, but underwater.
Starring: Taraji P. Henson as Ursula and Hugh Jackman as King Triton.
If Maleficent, one of Disney’s nastiest villains, can get a revisionist retelling, why not Ursula? It’s established in The Little Mermaid that she used to live in the royal palace of King Triton, but we never get the full story of what she was doing there, or why she was kicked out.
By the time we meet her in The Little Mermaid, she’s a deeply bitter, mean person. She seems to have a personal vendetta against Triton, delighting in the opportunity to ruin his daughter’s life and steal his throne. Whatever happened to them, it’s probably juicy enough to power a feature film.
2. Roger and Anita (101 Dalmatians)
Premise: A prequel chronicling Roger and Anita’s courtship.
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Roger, Zooey Deschanel as Anita, and Eva Green as Cruella de Vil.
101 Dalmatians may have come out in 1961, but married dog enthusiasts Roger and Anita are the picture of modern-day adorkable. (Even Disney’s official blog says so.) He’s a shabby musician in a thrift-store sweater vest; she’s a smart, gorgeous gal who finds his awkward hipster tics endearing.
In other words, they’re basically Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel from (500) Days of Summer, only with more puppies and fewer Ikea dates. Disney should lean into that and give us the romcom happy ending we always wanted for those two crazy kids.
3. Hades (Hercules)
Premise: A retelling of the Greek myth of Persephone.
Starring: Bryan Cranston as Hades.
Hollywood love a good public domain story, whether it’s a fairy tale that’s been turned into an animated Disney movie once before, or a rip-roaring Biblical adventure. It’s only a matter of time before they start mining Greek mythology for inspiration, and Disney already has a head start thanks to 1997’s Hercules.
Hades seems like a logical place to begin branching out, given his prominence in several Greek myths. Perhaps the most famous of those is the tale of Persephone, who becomes Hades’ queen after he abducts and tricks her. Admittedly, that’s a bit dark for a Disney fantasy — but hey, Hercules wasn’t a strictly faithful adaptation either.