In the last few years, audiences have faced an outpouring of live-action remakes and reboots of Disney animated classics. From Maleficent to Cinderalla, and more recently that Belle and Mulan would be getting their own feature films, the Internet is buzzing with talk of what movie will be next in line to get the live-action treatment.
I just want to mention first that while I hold Disney's work very near and dear to my heart, I do understand that there is a growing fatigue for some towards live-action adaptations of their animated films. I also realize that some people will prefer their childhood favorites untouched, so these choices might not be for everyone!
So with that, here are my top three choices of what movies Disney should focus on next and how they could improve upon these already iconic stories.
1. Aladdin (1992)
In the same vein of [Maleficent](movie:39352), I like the idea of telling a story we all know but from a different perspective. That's why I think that retelling Aladdin, but this time through the eyes of the Genie, would be an awesome direction to go. I can already feel that this would be a controversial idea, but this is just my humble opinion.
The story could start out with a bit of Genie's origin story to help flesh out his character a bit and give us some background. After getting to know him a little better, we could then launch into Aladdin's story as we know it. Getting rescued by Aladdin, granting his wishes, being the best wingman ever etc.
Since the recent passing of Robin Williams, the man who famously lent his voice and spirit to the Genie, giving more story to the character he put so much of his heart into would be a lovely tribute. While casting for it would be one of the toughest jobs in casting history, I think it could be well worth the time if done correctly.
Because it is absolutely impossible to come close to replacing the inimitable Robin Williams, it would be better viewed as an homage to the man who meant so much to us all. It would also be really nice for any celebrity impersonations that the Genie did could actually be voiced by the real celebrities as a way for the actors to pay tribute to Robin Williams.
That means you, Jack Nicholson!
Check out the Genie's song again here:
2. The Little Mermaid (1989)
Now this is a story that I think could stand on its own without really needing a twist. Although if they did want to take that route, telling the story through Ursula's perspective could definitely be interesting!
If not, The Little Mermaid would do well with the [Cinderella](movie:373064) treatment. Taking the bright, vivid world of the animated film and merging it with reality would be a gorgeous sight to behold. Plus, mermaids! Everyone loves a good CGI mermaid tail.
Finally, The Little Mermaid also has some of the best musical numbers. If they can wrangle a cast that could really sing, this would be the perfect place to further indoctrinate younger audiences into the world of Disney, while still having the movie be a hit for adults seeking a bit of nostalgia.
3. Hercules (1997)
Hercules definitely wasn't Disney's biggest box office hit, but it's always been one of my favorite movies. The classic tale of Greek mythology did well with the Disney touch and a hearty dose of humor.
I'm picturing a gritty look at Hercules that let's the story take a slightly darker turn from what we saw in the animated version. Disney's 1997 cartoon was already fresh with some pretty creepy moments like, you know, the freakin' underworld! Seeing Hades and all of the monsters Herc defeats in a more realistic setting would be pretty awesome.
I guess you could argue that all of the terrible TV and film adaptations of Hercules' tale would be reason enough to deter Disney from even attempting a live-action adaptation, but I think that if anything it should be incentive! Why not wipe our palettes clean from the past? These myths have stood the test of time for a reason, I think it deserves a proper live-action film!
Should Disney "go the distance"?
As I said before, these are my just my opinions and I know that they won't be for everyone. So now it's your turn!