These days, it seems like live-action remakes of classic animated films are all the rage. Studios are placing their bets on famous voices and banking on nostalgia to fill theatre seats. Find out if your favourite Walt Disney classic is being remade in 2019.
Dumbo - Tim Burton
Scheduled: March, 2019
With one of the most tear-jerking scenes (you know which one I’m talking about) in Disney history, the beloved tale of Dumbo is on its way to the big screen once again - this time in live-action. Starring Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green, and Alan Arkin, the 2019 version is sure to wash you over with waves of nostalgia, emotion, and who are we kidding, probably tears. It is Dumbo, after all.
Aladdin - Guy Ritchie
Scheduled: May, 2019
With the merchant’s monologue, followed by the credits and accompanying track, is there any Disney film with a more iconic open? The trailer for the 2019 remake opens with shots of the golden Arabian desert, the Cave of Wonders and the tiger’s warning - it’s guaranteed to give you chills.
The Lion King - Jon Favreau
Scheduled: July, 2019
I think I speak for all humanity when I say that we aren’t ready to see Mufasa’s fate in live-action. But here we are. Boasting an all-star cast that includes: Donald Glover, Beyoncé, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Billy Eichner, Seth Rogen, John Oliver, Keegan-Michael Key and James Earl Jones returning as Mufasa, Jon Favreau’s The Lion King will be a feast for the eyes AND ears.
Lady and The Tramp - Charlie Bean
Scheduled: TBD, 2019
Spaghetti and meatballs was never a romantic dish - that is until Lady and The Tramp shared a noodle and made the hearts of collective humanity melt. Unfortunately, Lady and The Tramp won’t be hitting theatres, so we won’t see that scene play out on the big screen. Instead, it will be available on Disney’s own streaming service. Voiced by Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux as Lady and The Tramp, respectively, we’re looking forward to seeing more doggos on our screens.
With four live-action remakes to be released in 2019 alone, Walt Disney Pictures is sure to make bank. Which remake are you most looking forward to?