Between the Marvel and Star Wars franchises, Disney is on top of the world these days. In addition to those two unstoppable machines, live action remakes of their classic tales like Maleficent, Cinderella, and most recently The Jungle Book have found commercial success as well. The Jungle Book was also a critical darling, with most critics charmed by excellent performances and wowed by the visual effects.
Disney has never been one to waste an opportunity, so they’re striking while the iron’s hot. Sequels for The Jungle Book and Maleficent have already been green-lit, they’re moving forward with a Cruella DeVille origin story starring Emma Stone, and progress is being made on the Mary Poppins sequel starring Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda. On top of that, Disney is planning on live action adaptations of A Wrinkle in Time directed by Ava DuVernay, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms directed by Lasse Hallstrom, Tim Burton’s Dumbo, a Tinker Bell story starring Reese Witherspoon, and a film about Disney World’s famous Jungle Cruise starring Dwayne Johnson round out a full slate of films to come. There’s also Emma Watson’s Beauty and the Beast in the works, so prepare to give Disney all of your money for the foreseeable future.
With such a packed calendar, there’s always the chance that a few of those projects will fall by the wayside. However, Disney has staked their claim on a few upcoming release dates to prove how serious they are about these projects. According to Variety, the upcoming schedule is as follows:
UNTITLED DISNEY FAIRY TALE (Live Action) previously dated on 12/22/17 moves up to 7/28/17
UNTITLED DISNEY FAIRY TALE (Live Action) now dated on 4/6/18
UNTITLED DISNEY LIVE ACTION now dated on 8/3/18
UNTITLED DISNEY LIVE ACTION now dated on 12/25/18
UNTITLED DISNEY FAIRY TALE (Live Action) now dated on 12/20/19
While it’s still unclear which project will earn each slot, it is clear that Disney is entering a new era of remakes and sequels. Yay?