Disney Has 20 Classic Live-Action Remakes & Sequels In The Works

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Now that the cast of the live-action Lion King has been announced, there's no excuse to ever wake up on the wrong side of the bed. With the knowledge that Beyoncé will be playing Nala, you will arise each morning smiling, with the soft, effortless glow of Cinderella.
Aside from The Lion King, which is set to come out in 2019, Disney has many plans for reviving our childhood favorites. They have a multitude of live-action movies on deck, based on their many beloved animated classics over the years. There are at least 20 Disney films slated for the next few years, including remakes, sequels, spinoffs, and prequels.
We've got an Aladdin remake in the pipeline, along with favorites from Mulan to The Little Mermaid. And then there are lesser-known movies like The Sword in the Stone that are getting revived. Most exciting, perhaps, are the origin story spinoffs planned. Ever wonder how The Genie got to be trapped in the lamp? Or what Tinkerbell does when she's not flitting around with Peter Pan in Neverland? You'll find out soon enough.
Ahead, all of the live-action movies based on Disney classics planned to hit theaters in the near future.
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The Lion King (1994)

Jon Favreau (Iron Man, The Jungle Book) is working on this remake of the '90s kids classic, about a young lion named Simba searching for his place in the world.
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Photo: Courtesy of Disney.
Aladdin (1992)

Guy Ritchie is directing the revamp of the original, which was based on an old Arabic folktale. They're reportedly looking for a diverse cast and keeping it a musical.
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Aladdin (1992)

There is also a prequel based on the genie (voiced by the late Robin Williams) titled Genies in the works.
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101 Dalmations (1961)

The classic is getting an origin story for Cruella de Vil, with Emma Stone playing the villainess in Cruella.
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Mulan (1998)

The remake, slated for a November 2018 release, will elaborate on the original, based on the Chinese legend who took her aging father's place in the army. They're currently looking for a Chinese actress to star.
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Sleeping Beauty (1959)

Angelina Jolie will reprise her villainous role in the sequel to 2014's origin story, Maleficent.
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Mary Poppins (1964)

Emily Blunt is starring as the titular nanny in the sequel, called Mary Poppins Returns, which co-stars Lin Manuel-Miranda. It's due on Christmas Day in 2018.
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The Little Mermaid (1989)

Universal Pictures already has a version starring Chloë Grace Moretz in the works, but Disney's will feature new music from none other than Lin-Manuel Miranda.
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Fantasia (1940)

A creepy, nightmarish sequence called "Night on Bald Mountain" is being extended into a live-action feature about the winged demon lord, Chernabog.
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The Jungle Book (1961)

Jon Favreau (Iron Man) is returning to the director's chair for the sequel to last year's live-action/CGI reboot.
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Dumbo (1941)

Tim Burton is directing the reboot of the animated film, about a young elephant insecure about his big ears, with a combination of live action and CGI elephants.
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Peter Pan (1953)

The classic has gotten many remakes and spinoffs, but this Disney-helmed one from the Pete's Dragon director is sure to outdo them all.
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Peter Pan (1953)

And, Peter's fairy sidekick Tinkerbell is getting her own picture, with Reese Witherspoon starring.
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Pinocchio (1940)

Over 75 years after the original, about a marionette who dreams of becoming a real boy but is prone to telling tall tales, is getting a remake. It will be penned by What's Eating Gilbert Grape writer Peter Hedges. (Guillermo del Toro also has a remake planned.)
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Cinderella (1950)

Prince Charming is on deck to get his own big screen vehicle, a revisionist take on the fairy tale.
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Winnie the Pooh (1966)

A.A. Milne's story is getting an update with a sequel of sorts about a grown-up Christopher Robin revisiting his pals in the Hundred-Acre Wood.
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Snow White (1937)

The redux of Disney's first-ever animated feature has The Girl on the Train screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson on board, along with La La Land songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul to create new music.
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Snow White (1937)

Plus, Snow White's sister Rose Red — a character in the original Grimm's fairy tales — is getting her own tale about saving her sis with the seven dwarves' help.
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The Sword in the Stone (1963)

This tale about the orphaned King Arthur and his mentor wizard Merlin is going to be written by Game of Thrones writer-produce Bryan Cogman.
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Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers (1989)

These cute little guys, who popped up in over a dozen Disney movies over the years before their '80s TV show, are coming back for a CGI-live action movie, an origin story.

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