The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid (1989)

Remake in development: Of course Disney is remaking The Little Mermaid, still one of their best and most beloved animated features. Alan Menken, who worked on the 1989 feature, will return to work on the music, this time with Hamilton superstar (and Moana composer) Lin-Manuel Miranda.

The competition: Universal has been trying to mount its own live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid, but they’ve hit a few snags. First Sofia Coppola dropped out, to be replaced by Rebecca Thomas (Electrick Children), and then star Chloë Grace Moretz decided to leave as well.

Cogsworth, Mrs Potts and Lumiere (Beauty and the Beast)

Beauty and the Beast (1991)

Remake already released: Bill Condon‘s Beauty and the Beast is getting some solid reviews, but will it inspire a follow-up?

Robin Williams Aladdin outtakes

Aladdin (1992)

Remake in development: Guy Ritchie was recently hired to direct an Aladdin remake from a script by John August. The new version of the story is described as an “ambitious and non-traditional” take with a “non-linear” approach, but it will retain some elements of the original like the music. Producer Dan Lin has preempted concerns about whitewashing by promising a “diverse” cast.

Spinoff in development: Meanwhile, Disney has also been developing a Genies spinoff explaining how the Genie came to be in Aladdin’s lamp. Damian Shannon and Mark Swift wrote the script.

2016 National Film Registry Movies

The Lion King (1994)

Remake in development: Jon Favreau had such great success with The Jungle Book that Disney promptly set him to work remaking another animal-centric adventure, The Lion King. And yes, it’ll include music from the original film. Donald Glover will play Simba and James Earl Jones will return as Mufasa.


Mulan (1998)

Remake scheduled for release: Disney has scheduled Mulan for release on November 2, 2018, and hired Niki Caro (The Whale Rider) to direct. The project sparked some controversy when word got out that an early version of the script centered on a white male lead, but Disney has since clarified that the film will in fact feature a Chinese lead and a Chinese love interest. Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver are rewriting the screenplay.

The competition: Sony is cooking up its own Mulan remake, which will be helmed by Game of Thrones vet Alex Graves.


What Movies Are Left?

It only seems like Disney has exhausted its entire stable. There are still several animated films left untouched, some of which seem more likely to get reboots than others. BambiPocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre DameHercules, Tarzan, and The Princess and the Frog seem to fit into a similar mold as the other films that have been remade so far (although the latter might be too new). Others in the Disney catalogue include Lady and the TrampThe AristocatsThe Fox and the HoundThe Emperor’s New GrooveAtlantis: The Lost Empire, and Treasure Planet, but those might lack the nostalgic appeal of Disney’s bigger brands.

We also haven’t discussed the Disney live-action (or mostly live-action) classics that might get resurrected in some fashion. But the studio’s shown a willingness to go there with Pete’s Dragon and the upcoming Mary Poppins Returns, so keep an eye out. Disney’s apparently made it their mission to dredge up every last childhood memory of yours and reimagine it for your kids, and been richly rewarded for their efforts. You can bet they won’t be slowing down anytime soon.

Pages: Previous page 1 2 3

Cool Posts From Around the Web: