The internet was buzzing out of control last Monday with the announcement that Mulan would be the next Disney animated classic to get a live-action version. With the successes of Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent, and Cinderella along with The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, Dumbo, and Winnie the Pooh in the works, Disney shows no sign of stopping their live-action remakes any time soon. So let’s speculate what other definitive Disney movies will a live-action version:
Mulan will be the fourth Disney princess to appear in a live-action version, so will Jasmine be the fifth? Aladdin opened on Broadway to wide acclaim last year, and it sounds like Beauty and the Beast will follow in the same vein as its Broadway adaptation. Broadway’s Aladdin features some beautiful and fun new songs along with the film’s signature tunes. Along with the original film’s success, a live-action Aladdin would be a sure hit for Disney.
2) The Sword in the Stone
Like many of Disney’s literary adaptations, The Sword in the Stone bears little resemblance to its source material. T. H. White’s novel of the same name served as the basis of The Sword and the Stone, and with the widespread popularity of the Arthurian legend, a version that closely follows the novel would be a sure hit. Also, since Disney loves to make sequels, The Sword in the Stone paves the way to make The Once and Future King into a film.
3) Snow White
Snow White is possibly Disney’s most iconic film of all time, being the first full-length animated film and laying the foundation for the Disney Princess franchise. Had it not been for Snow White and the Huntsman and Mirror, Mirror we may have seen Disney make a live-action Snow White sooner. If anything, Disney could give Snow White the Maleficent treatment and make a version telling the story through the Evil Queen’s perspective. After all, the Evil Queen is one of Disney’s most notable villains after Maleficent and Cruella de Vil.
4) The Black Cauldron
Dumbo was a rather unconventional choice to make into a live-action film, and The Black Cauldron is an equally unconventional choice; however, sometimes unconventional choices have the biggest pay-off. The Black Cauldron was Disney's first animated movie to get a PG rating due to its dark tone and terrifying villain, the Skeleton King. For those reasons, The Black Cauldron ultimately failed as an animated film—but as a live-action movie? I could easily see all of that working in its favor. A dark-toned live-action film would bring some nice variety to Disney’s live-action remakes, which more or less carry the same light-hearted, happy-go-lucky tone of the animated versions.
With the outrageous success of Frozen and Disney milking it for all it’s worth, the question is not will we get a live-action Frozen, the question is when. As of now, Frozen is aiming to open on Broadway in 2017, so the best guess is that not long after Disney will make a live-action Frozen incorporating the new Broadway songs into the film.
Which of these five Disney animated classics would you most like to see made into a live-action film?
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