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The arrival of Disney’s new streaming platform, Disney+, has absolutely everyone buzzing. And rightfully so: The service includes so many of your childhood favorites, including princess flicks like Cinderella and Aladdin, Disney Channel TV shows, and Disney Channel original movies. And Disney’s slate of live-action remakes, like Beauty and the Beast, is also now available on the streaming platform. (See a full guide here.)
Even more exciting is the fact that Disney has so many more live-action films in the works, which means it’s only a matter of time before those hit theaters and eventually Disney+. Here’s a list of every Disney live-action movie—some we've seen, some are coming soon, and a few are still in the rumor phase.
What we've seen already
Starring: Glenn Close as Cruella de Vil, Jeff Daniels, Joely Richardson, Hugh Laurie
The takeaway: Puppies on puppies on puppies = live-action gold.
Alice in Wonderland
Starring: Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway
The takeaway: The fantastical film was a match made in Disney heaven with director Tim Burton's quirky style—evidenced by its spot as Burton's most successful film ever.
Starring: Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, Elle Fanning as Princess Aurora
The takeaway: Disney-princess stories—even ones told from the dark side—make for mega box office success (Maleficent helped Disney reach its most successful year ever in 2014).
Starring: Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Richard Madden
The takeaway: See above. Cinderella has raked in more than $400 million worldwide (and counting).
The Jungle Book
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, Bill Murray, Christopher Walken, Lupita Nyong'o
The takeaway: CGI is an incredible innovation.
Beauty and the Beast
Starring: Emma Watson as Belle, Emma Thompson, Josh Gad, Luke Evans, Dan Stevens
The takeaway: Emma Watson as Belle—nuff said. (Audiences agreed.)
Starring: Hayley Atwell, Ewan McGregor
Tke takeaway: So many feels.
Starring: Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Meryl Streep
The takeaway: Put Emily Blunt in every Disney live-action remake.
Starring: Danny DeVito, Eva Green
The takeaway: We must protect this elephant at all costs.
Starring: Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Navid Negahban, Will Smith, Marwan Kenzari
The takeaway: Jasmine deserves the world.
The Lion King
Starring: Donald Glover, James Earl Jones, Beyoncé
The takeaway: There's nothing Beyoncé can't do.
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
Starring: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Michelle Pfeiffer
The takeaway: These three women should star in every movie together from now until the end of time.
What’s coming up
When: March 27, 2020
Starring: Liu Yifei
About: Mulan is coming to the big screen, but there's good news and bad news. The good: It will be directed by a woman. The (potentially) bad: This version reportedly won't be a musical.
101 Dalmatians (Cruella spin-off)
Starring: Emma Stone
About: In the same vein as Maleficient, a live-action adaptation that focuses on Cruella de Vil is happening. Stone is slipping into the villain's legendary fur coat.
The Jungle Book (sequel)
About: The last Jungle Book live-action film was so successful (and dazzling) that Disney decided to strike while the iron is hot. The masterminds behind the first film, Jon Favreau and Justin Marks, will spearhead this movie too.
The Little Mermaid
Starring: Halle Bailey as Ariel, and Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric. Rob Marshall is directing.
About: We're going under the sea!
Genie (Aladdin spin-off)
About: Aladdin will get the Wicked treatment with Genies, an Aladdin prequel that will focus on—you guessed it—genies.
Chip ’n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers
About: The Hollywood Reporter broke the news in January 2014 that your favorite chipmunks are getting a live-action makeover. It will premiere on Disney+.
The Sword and the Stone
Starring: TBD, but Juan Carlos Fresnadillo will direct.
About: Variety confirmed in July 2015 that a live-action version of this Camelot classic is coming. Even better: A Game of Thrones writer is penning the script.
Winter A blockbuster film is coming.
Snow White (original)
About: We reported in November 2016 that Disney is taking its oldest princess tale out of mothballs. Our desire for Sarah Paulson to play the Evil Queen is still very much alive.
Red Rose (Snow White spin-off)
About: Two things: 1. Did you know Snow White had a sister, Rose Red? 2. Did you know Disney is reportedly making a movie about her? Rumor has it, Disney is going to insert Rose Red into the latter half on the classic Snow White story and have her work with the dwarves to save her sister. Who needs Prince Charming, really?
Cinderella (Prince Charming spin-off)
About: Speak of the devil: The elusive Prince Charming is also getting his own movie, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Disney reportedly purchased a script from writer Matt Fogel that explores the Prince Charming archetype. Expect lots of perfectly coiffed hair.
Starring: Toni Servillo
About: Deadline reports that filming for the live-action Pinocchio is slated to begin soon. However, the film has already been plagued with issues, including the dropping-out of its director, Sam Mendes, from the project in November of 2017. Still, Pinocchio is in the works and expected to stay true to the beloved 1940 classic.
About: Pete’s Dragon director David Lowery will helm the newest reincarnation of Peter Pan, which will be a straightforward retelling of the original animated film.
Tinkerbell (Peter Pan spin-off)
Starring: Reese Witherspoon
About: Witherspoon is the biggest name attached to the other Peter Pan flick in the works: a spin-off that will focus specifically on everyone's favorite pixie, Tinkerbell.
Chernabog (Fantasia spin-off)
About: The scary monster that makes a brief appearance Fantasia is admittedly an odd subject for a film, but it's happening. The details, at this point, are just as elusive as the Chernabog himself.
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