The movie bosses at Disney are currently very busy reworking some of our favorite animated movies into brand new live-action feature films. Thanks to an extensive back catalog of hits, fans of the genre have a lot to look forward to. A report by We Got This Covered states that the next Disney movie getting the live-action treatment is The Emperor’s New Groove.
While the original didn’t fare too well at the box office, over the years the film has become a favorite among Disney fans. Released in 2000, the animated buddy comedy film told the story of Kuzco, a young, self-centered Incan emperor who is transformed into a llama by his ex-advisor, Yzma. To regain his human form, the emperor travels back to the palace with his newfound friend and village leader, Pacha.
Directed by Mark Dindal from a screenplay by David Reynolds and a story by Chris Williams and Dindal, The Emperor’s New Groove was the 40th animated film produced by Disney. The movie also featured a star-studded voice cast which included the talents of David Spade, John Goodman, Eartha Kitt, Patrick Warburton, and Wendie Malick.
While nothing has been officially confirmed by Disney yet, the buddy-road-trip story has the potential to become a massive hit. Meanwhile, there are a bunch of other animated-to-live-action films fans can look forward to.
Marc Webb’s interpretation of the first Disney animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, will be ready for release in 2022. His adaptation of the classic fairy tale follows a beautiful young princess who, while being stalked by a jealous Queen, seeks shelter at the home of seven dwarfs in the German countryside.
Rob Marshall’s The Little Mermaid, David Lowery’s Peter Pan & Wendy, and Robert Zemeckis’ Pinocchio are all Disney live-action remakes that are currently in the process of filming. Production on Barry Jenkins’ follow-up to The Lion King is expected to begin before the year ends, and the Joe and Anthony Russo produced Hercules is in the early stages of development. Carlos López Estrada is working on his version of Robin Hood and Juan Carlos Fresnadillo has been tapped to direct The Sword in the Stone.
Although a lot of seasoned cinema-goers may find the endless slew of Disney remakes a little excessive, they still do pretty well financially. Everyone loves a good dose of nostalgia and while (most of the time) the script, setting, characters, and story remain unchanged the films aren’t just a carbon copy of the original.
The actors, visuals, pacing, and storytelling change which has a significant impact on the final product and is largely why remakes are created. And it’s a great way to bring these much-loved stories to a new generation of fans.
It’s also worth noting that remakes and reboots are often a safe bet for studios who invest a lot of money in movies and series. But that doesn’t have to be a bad thing, especially if you love seeing your favorite characters in new adventures.