Critically and financially the live-action Disney remakes have been very successful. Most of the films have a positive score on Rotten Tomatoes, excluding outliers such as Dumbo, from 2019. However, even the critically panned films have made a lot of money, such as The Lion King, which is the seventh-highest grossing film of all time making over 1.6 billion dollars! 3 other live-action remakes have also made over a billion dollars. Regarding future films, a Little Mermaid movie has been announced, as well as a Lilo and Stitch movie and Peter Pan movie for Disney+! Disney has such a large catalog of films that could potentially be amazing as live-action remakes. Here are 10 Disney remakes that we need!
Note: These are in the original movies’ release date order. Other than that, there is no specific order to this list.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is the oldest animated film of all time, as it was released in 1937! Considering that, it is very surprising that Disney has not made an adaptation of their classic tale in over 80 years. There have been movies loosely related to the Snow White fairy tale such as Snow White and the Huntsman, and The Huntsman: Winter War, there has never been a direct adaptation of the original 1937 movie. I feel that this could be a hit for Disney as generations upon generations of people on this earth have grown up with the original movie. There is a movie in the works, with Marc Webb set to direct, but there hasn’t been a very recent move towards further production, implying the film might be stuck on the shelves for the time being.
Pinnochio came out in 1940, three years after Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Again, it’s surprising that Disney has not made a move on a remake, as it’s been 80 years since the original. Pinnochio has gotten many different retellings and animated adaptations in the past, and Guillermo Del Toro is working on a stop-motion adaptation of the story, set to be released in 2021. This film could have huge box office potential.
Peter Pan is the first film on this list to have a remake be in full production! It is reportedly going to be dropped on Disney+ with Reese Witherspoon set to be the voice of Tinker Bell. Read more about casting news here. The original came out in 1953, so it’s no surprise that Disney is in production with a remake. So many films have been set in a Peter Pan universe with films such as Hook, and recently, Wendy. Yet, there has never been a direct adaptation!
The Sword in the Stone
The legend of King Arthur has been adapted dozens of times, from King Arthur, in 2004, to King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, in 2017. One of the best adaptations of all time (and one of the most underrated), is The Sword in the Stone, from 1963. As a kid, I used to watch this film all the time and would be glued to the screen, soaking up the phenomenal story. I don’t know if a remake would be a big box office hit, but the great thing is that it doesn’t need to be! This could be a very low-key, live-action fantasy that tries its best to make a good film, rather than the flashiest film.
The Fox and the Hound
People love animals. There’s no question about that. I think Disney could have a chance to regain the fan’s trust after the colossal disappointment of The Lion King in 2019. The Fox and the Hound could be given a Lion King treatment, except, instead of focusing on a bunch of animals, they could work on perfecting the relationship and emotions of just 2 or 3 animals. I feel that this film could be a minor financial hit, as it may not be the type of movie to make a billion dollars, but people would still show up to support it.
One of the most empowering female characters of all time is Pocahontas. She stands up for what she believes in and is very inspiring to little boys and girls across the world. A Disney remake would be a big box office draw, as kids who grew up with the film now have their own little kids to take to movies. Who wouldn’t want to show their children the stories that they loved as a child? Also, with the lack of diversity in Hollywood, a Pocahontas movie would be an awesome way to promote inclusivity and acceptance in blockbuster films!
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Hunchback of Notre Dame contains one of the most powerful messages of any Disney animated film ever made. And while it may not be as revered as some of the other films on this list, the film still has a cult following. People would show up to support this film and there is no doubt that it would make money at the box office. There is a remake in the works, but it easily has the least amount of progress made compared to the others, with no director even signed onto the project yet.
The Emperor’s New Groove
One of the most charming and unique Disney animated films to be released was The Emperor’s New Groove. It contained such a wacky story about an emperor of a kingdom who turned into a llama. This is exactly the type of film that kids would laugh their heads off in. A live-action adaptation could open the door for so many new opportunities in terms of the story and plot, and personally, I would love to see it!
Atlantis: The Lost Empire
Released back in 2001, Atlantis: The Lost Empire is exactly the type of film that movie-goers would love to see. With the huge success of comic book films over the last 10 years, a sweeping sci-fi/fantasy epic would be a box office hit. There is a lot of potential with a live-action film, and with today’s current technology, the underwater visuals could be stunning! The whimsical set of main characters could be the new group of characters that fans fall in love with, and who knows? If the film is a financial success, maybe Disney could even develop the long-wanted sequel?
The Princess and the Frog
For the final, and the most recent movie on this list, I would like to propose the idea of a Princess and the Frog remake. While the animated film came out only 11 years ago, I feel that there is enough precedent to make another film already. For one, like Pocahontas, it could be a great way to promote diversity in Hollywood! A strong, black, female lead could be a huge inspiration to kids and adults all over the world. Also, people would show up to support it at the box office. The animated film made over 250 million dollars, and the live-action film would definitely get close to, or maybe even surpass that amount!
What do you think of Disney’s live-action remakes up until this point? What do you think of my picks for possible remakes? Remember, this list is just for fun, and it’s just my opinion! Let us know your opinion in the comments below, on Twitter @AppKernel, or on Instagram at @appkernel. Be sure to download the Kernel app, and add films such as the upcoming Peter Pan movie, and the Little Mermaid movie, to be notified when the release dates near!