I think it’s safe to say that 2019 and 2020 are the years of the live action remake. And so far we have seen one movie do great while the other, not so much. So what’s in store for the rest of the year for The Disney Studio?
First we must take a look all the way back to March, that’s when the live action Dumbo based loosely on the 1941 classic and directed by Tim Burton came along, it didn’t do well in the box office, being said that “it didn’t soar” “it flopped” “it failed to fly”. Fortunately for the movie studio they had Aladdin, after a lukewarm welcome by critics, it hit the mark with fans over Memorial Day weekend and word of mouth has kept this one in theaters, granting wishes of huge profits for the House of Mouse.
But what’s next:
The Lion King: Coming out on July 19th 2019 the king of the jungle promises to roar into theaters and take over the hearts of the original classic and new fans alike. With a star-studded cast, a proven director in John Favreau and already breaking pre release ticket sales records, the Lion King is on track to become the huge hit Disney wants this Summer.
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil: this movie comes out October 18th 2019 and brings back Angelina Jolie in the title role. This sequel, will see Maleficent (Jolie) and Princess Aurora (Fanning) find new alliances along with enemies as they fight to protect their enchanted forest kingdom and everything that lives within it. The original film did well and this one is expected to bring fans of Jolie’s Maleficent back and hopefully enchant new ones.
Mulan: Let’s get down to business….well I am sad that this rendition will not have any of the original songs or the great and powerful Mushu, but judging by the teaser that dropped yesterday it looks like they hit the mark in all other aspects of this mighty warrior. Mulan comes out March 27th 2020 and if anything, most people are intrigued and ready to go along with Disney for the ride.
Other movies slated to come out next year and 2021 are Cruella DeVil starring Emma Stone (Dec 2020) and TBD are Peter Pan, Tink, Sword in the Stone, Pinocchio, Rose Red, Prince Charming and The Little Mermaid.
All this begs the question: Are there no more original stories out there? and Do people really want to see live action remakes of all of these classics? Only time and box office profits will tell.