With Mulan currently slated to be the only live-action Disney remake released in 2020, you might think that the Mouse House was starting to pump the brakes on these high-profile reimaginings. But unfortunately you’d be wrong, because there are at least a dozen others currently in the works and this week we’ve got another one to add to the mix. Jon Favreau’s The Lion King made $1.65 billion worldwide last year and so naturally they are looking to make another photorealistic CG film featuring animals only. That’s right, a remake of the 1942 animated classic Bambi is now officially in the works. Hit the jump for more info.
According to Deadline, Disney has set producers Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz and Andrew Miano (The Farewell, Columbus) to produce a Bambi remake, which will be entirely CG but is still apparently being referred to as “live-action”. Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Captain Marvel) and Lindsey Beer (Chaos Walking, Transformers: The Last Knight) are on board to write the script which will feature beloved supporting characters like Thumper and Flower. The original film is known for the traumatic death of Bambi’s mother and it will be interesting to see if they soften that in some way for modern audiences.
The article also confirms that Robert Zemeckis has signed on to direct a Pinocchio remake with Weitz, Weitz and Miano also attached to produce that one as well. The only other upcoming Disney live-action remake with a release date is Cruella starring Emma Stone, but The Little Mermaid now has a director and a star attached while David Lowery’s Peter Pan and Wendy and Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s The Sword in the Stone are expected to shoot this year with an eventual release planned for Disney+. Are you actually looking forward to any of these upcoming live-action remakes?